Joe DuPaix enters his first year as head coach of the Southern Virginia football program.
Coach DuPaix (Du-PAY) comes to Southern Virginia from BYU where he served two seasons (2011-12) as the Cougar’s recruiting coordinator and running backs coach. Working under then head coach Bronco Mendenhall, DuPaix was part of the staff that led the Cougars to an 18-8 overall record, including back-to-back bowl wins and a 10-win season in 2011.
Before BYU, DuPaix coached the slot backs at the United States Naval Academy. During his three years in Annapolis, the Midshipmen appeared in three consecutive bowl games, won two Commander-In-Chief trophies and ranked in the top-ten nationally for rushing offenses each season. He was also part of Navy’s 10-win season in 2009, which culminated in a 35-13 route of Missouri in the Texas Bowl.
DuPaix's collegiate coaching career began in 1998 as an offensive coach at NCAA Division II University of Missouri-Rolla, before becoming the offensive coordinator at NCAA Division I-AA California Polytechnic State University (Cal Poly) in San Luis Obispo, California in 2007.
The Salt Lake City, Utah native played high-school football for his father, Roger, at Skyline High School. As a senior, he was named the 1990 Utah State MVP (Class 4A) leading Skyline to its first state title of the 90’s.
After serving a full-time mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Barranquilla, Colombia, DuPaix married to the former Monica Taylor. Together they have seven children.
Danny DuPaix enters his first year as the Knights' assistant head coach and running backs coach.
Most recently, Danny DuPaix comes from West Jordan High School, in greater Salt Lake City, where he served as the head coach, offensive coordinator, and QBs coach from 2013 to 2015. In 2013, West Jordan ranked in the top 5 passing offenses for 5A. In 2014, West Jordan ranked in the top three rushing offenses for 5A.
Before moving to West Jordan High, DuPaix was the special teams coordinator and running backs coach at Herriman High School in the school’s first three seasons, producing 3 All-State RBs. Under then head coach Larry Wilson, the team went 20-14 making the playoffs each year, including the school’s inaugural season, and a Region Championship in 2012.
For six years prior to Herriman High, DuPaix coached a variety of positions at his alma mater, Skyline High School including several Region Championships and a State Title in 2005.
As a player, he was the starting inside center for the Top 10 Nationally ranked University of Utah Rugby Team, leading the team to National Playoffs three years and Quarterfinals twice. In 2008, he set the school record for tries in a game (5).
The Salt Lake City, Utah native and younger brother of head coach Joe DuPaix, played high-school football for his father, Roger, at Skyline High School where he played RB, WR, and DB for one State Championship team and two State Finalists, losing only 3 games in 3 seasons.
After serving a full-time mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Raleigh, North Carolina, he graduated from the University of Utah with a M.S. in Education and B.S. in Special Education. DuPaix married the former Rebecca Sonnenberg. Together they have four children.
Chas Ryan enters his first year as the defensive coordinator for the Knights.
Ryan comes from Snow College where he has been serving at the defensive coordinator, linebackers coach and recruiting coordinators since February 2014.
Before going to Snow College he filled numerous coaching and teaching positions at the American Leadership Academy in Spanish Fork, Utah.
The Utah native received All-State football honors and played at Granger High School before receiving a football scholarship to play at William Penn University. At William Penn Ryan served as the football captain and holds the school records for all-time sacks and tackles for a loss as a linebacker.
Chas graduated from William Penn in 2011 with a Bachelor’s Degree in sociology and criminology. He and his wife Danielle have 4 kids.
Mike Rigell will serve as the defensive backs coach.
Rigell played at Brigham Young University as a wide receiver and punt and kick return specialist. He began his coaching career at Interlake High School in Bellevue, Wash. before spending a few months at the University of Utah and then Idaho State University. From there Rigell coached at New Mexico Highlands University, worked with the Kansas City Chiefs and then served as the special teams coordinator at the University of Puget Sound and Snow College.
Matthew Edwards enters his second year as assistant coach for the Knights.
Edwards comes from Brigham Young University where he served as tight end and lead kick return coach. Edwards also helped BYU as a graduate and special teams assistant.
Before coaching for the Cougars, Edwards was a tight end and lettered his last two years on the team in 2010 and 2011.
Edwards graduated from Brigham Young in 2011 with a B.S. in Mathematics and earned a masters of public administration in 2013.
The North Salt Lake, Utah native served a two-year mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Baltimore, Maryland.
Matthew Edwards married MaryBeth Small and they have a son named Luke. Their family just moved to Buena Vista.
Toniu Fonoti enters his first season with the Knights as the offensive line coach.
Fonoti played football for and graduated with a degree in communications at Nebraska University. He was then drafted in the second round of the NFL draft to play offensive guard for the San Diego Chargers. He played for multiple teams throughout his eight-year NFL career before becoming a personal trainer in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Fourth-round NFL draft pick Edwin Mulitalo also joins the staff of the Knights and will serve as the defensive line coach.
Mulitalo was picked up by the Baltimore Ravens where he played eight years as an offensive lineman, and was part of the Ravens' 2000-01 Super Bowl win over the Giants. After leaving the NFL he taught physical education and seminary in Samoa before joining the staff at Southern Utah University to coach the offensive line.
Patrick Hofmann will serve as an assistant offensive line coach for the Knights.
Hofmann has spent the last five years at Highland High School in Salt Lake City, Utah in various roles on the coaching staff. The University of Utah graduate also played at Highland HS.
Coach Graf ("Coach G") returns for his second season as a defensive assistant coach with the Southern Virginia football program. He coached defensive backs and special teams while serving as the sports information director in 2005 and has coached college football for more than seven years.
Graf earned a bacherlor's degree from BYU-Hawaii in exercise and sport science and is a current member of the American Football Coaches Association, the National Football Foundation/College Football Hall of Fame, the Texas High School Coaches Association, and the Virginia High School Coaches Association.