|Title:||Defensive Coordinator; Defensive Backs Coach|
Rad Patterson his entering his second season as defensive coordinator for the Southern Virginia University football team. He is also the Knights' defensive backs coach—a role he has held since 2009.
During the 2010 season, Patterson also served as Southern Virginia's linebackers coach.
Prior to joining Southern Virginia's coaching staff, Patterson was head football coach at Parry McCluer High School from 2004-08. Before that, he served as an assistant coach for the Fighting Blues from 1990-2003.
As a player, Patterson led his high school team to the 1983 state title earning All-State First Team honors in the process. After high school, Patterson continued his football career as a defensive back at Bridgewater College.
Patterson has a B.S. in health and physical education from Bridgewater College and a master's degree in education from James Madison University.
Patterson resides in Buena Vista with his wife, Angie. They have three children.
|Title:||Assistant Defensive Line Coach|
Walter Ralls is entering his second season as assistant defensive line coach for the Southern Virginia University football team.
Ralls was vice president at Southern Virginia University from 1996 until he retired in 2007.
Ralls played one season of collegiate football at Long Beach State University.
He and his wife, Mary, live in Rockbridge County.
|Title:||Offensive Coordinator; Quarterbacks Coach|
Tye Hiatt is entering his first season as the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach for Southern Virginia University football.
Hiatt began coaching for the Knights in 2011 as a wide receivers coach.
During the 2012-13 season, Hiatt served as assistant women's basketball coach helping the squad to a 15-9 record.
As a player, Hiatt was an outstanding wide receiver for the Knights and still ranks second all-time in Southern Virginia football history for career receiving yards (1,591), receptions (127) and touchdown receptions (15) while placing third in all-purpose yards (1,871).
Following a superb senior season in 2008, Hiatt was named to the NAIA All-Independent First Team, Roanoke Times All-State First Team and VaSID All-State Second Team. That year he also became only the second Southern Virginia football player named to the NAIA All-American team earning an honorable mention selection.
After completing his final year of athletic eligibly, Hiatt served a two-year mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Houston, Texas.
He earned his B.A. from Southern Virginia in physical education and recreation administration in 2012 and is currently working on his master's degree in sport management at Liberty University.
Hiatt and his wife, Paige, live in Buena Vista.
|Title:||Assistant Offensive Line Coach|
Corey Hall is an assistant offensive line coach for the Southern Virginia University football team.
Hall joined Southern Virginia's coaching staff in 2008 serving as the Knights' tight ends coach during his first season with the program. In 2009, Hall transitioned to assistant offensive line coach, working primarily with offensive tackles. In addition to his duties with the offensive line, Hall works with long snappers on special teams.
Hall was raised in Rockbridge County and was a standout football player at Rockbridge Country High School. Following high school, Hall continued his football career at Ferrum College as long snapper.
Hall resides in Buena Vista with his wife, Heather, and daughter, Makayla.
|Title:||Film Coordinator; Wide Receivers Coach|
Chip Erekson is entering his second season as film coordinator and wide receivers coach for the Southern Virginia University football team.
Prior to joining Southern Virginia's coaching staff, Erekson was offensive coordinator from 2010-11 at White Pine High School in Ely, Nevada, highlighted by an 11-1 record and 2A state runner-up finish in 2011.
Erekson began his coaching career in 1993 at the junior high school level in Utah. From 1994-2000, he went to the high school level as wide receivers and defensive backs coach at Payson High School in Utah. Erekson then moved to Nevada and served as the head football coach from 2002-04 at Lund High School. In 2007, Erekson gained valuable collegiate coaching experience as film coordinator and wide receivers coach at NJCAA-affiliate New Mexico Military Institute.
Graduating in 1989, Erekson had a standout high school football career in Wisconsin at White Lake High School.
He lives in Buena Vista, Va., with his wife, Antoinett. They have nine children.
|Title:||Assistant Defensive Line Coach|
|Title:||Defensive Assistant Coach|
|Title:||Offensive Line Coach; Tight Ends Coach|
Nathan Sievers is entering his second season as offensive line and tight ends coach for the Southern Virginia University football team.
Before coming to Southern Virginia, Sievers was run game coordinator and offensive line coach for six years (2006-11) at Foothill High School in Henderson, Nevada. While Sievers was coaching, the Foothill High School squad reached the Sunrise Region championship game in 2011 and was only one of four football teams within Nevada’s 4A classification to win a playoff game in the state playoffs three consecutive years during the 2009-11 span.
A native of Staunton, Illinois, Sievers was a standout offensive lineman and linebacker at Staunton High School leading his team to a conference championship in 1998.
Sievers has a B.S. in construction management from Bradley University and resides in Lynchburg with his wife Katty and their child.
|Title:||Running Backs Coach|
Thomas Canady is entering his second season as running backs coach for the Southern Virginia University football team.
As a player, Canady enjoyed a standout playing career at the fullback position for the Knights including earning NAIA All-Independent First Team honors in 2010.
Canady was also a member of the 2010 and 2011 Southern Virginia football teams in which they finished 4-7 overall both seasons, recording the second-most wins in program history.
Canady is returning to Southern Virginia to complete a bachelor’s degree.