|Title:||Head Coach; Defensive Coordinator|
Jason Walker enters his first season as head coach of the Southern Virginia University football program after being named to the position in April of 2014.
Walker comes to Southern Virginia after serving as a defensive graduate assistant the past four seasons at Brigham Young University, where he learned defensive schemes from head coach Bronco Mendenhall and some of the nation's top defensive assistants. Since Coach Mendenhall's arrival at BYU in 2005, the Cougar defense has consistently ranked in the Top 25 for various defensive categories in NCAA Division I FBS football.
Walker's primary responsibilities at BYU involved preparing scouting reports, tagging film and assisting the coaching staff in practice and recruiting. During the 2012 season, Walker oversaw the kickoff return unit that finished 30th in the nation in total return yards.
Prior to BYU, Walker served as the defensive coordinator and special teams coach at Sky View High School in Smithfield, Utah, and had previous experience coaching the defensive secondary and special teams at Ben Lomond High School in Ogden, Utah.
Before his coaching career began, Walker played collegiate football for two seasons at Snow College followed by two seasons at Utah State University. While playing safety for Utah State, Walker was recognized as one of the Aggies’ strongest pound-for-pound players. Changes in Utah State's coaching staff following Walker's junior season allowed him to learn and play under two different defensive schemes during his time as an Aggie.
Walker and his wife, Jen, have four children: daughter Brighton (9), son Rex (7), daughter Ivory (4) and son Gabriel (2). Jason served a two-year mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the Ivory Coast, Abidjan mission from 1998-00.
He received a bachelor's degree in business from Utah State and is currently pursuing a master's degree in public administration from BYU.
In-State Area: Northern Virginia (Fairfax, Alexandria, Arlington, Loudon County)
Out-State Area: Northern Utah, Idaho, Northern California
Scott Clough enters his first season as the offensive coordinator of the Southern Virginia football program.
Clough comes to Southern Virginia from Bacone College in Muskogee, Okla., where he served as the team's offensive coordinator since the 2011 season.
Over the span of his career, Clough has coached 22 all-conference players and 11 All-Americans (five first team, two second team, four honorable mention). Three of his offensive players earned the conference's Player of the Year award over the course of his coaching career, including two from Bacone.
He also has significant postseason experience, coaching in the Red River Bowl in 2000 and 2001, the Heart of Texas Bowl in 2003 and 2004 and made NCAA Division II playoff appearances in 1990 (Northern Colorado) and 2006 (Angelo State).
At Bacone, Clough coached the 2013 Central States Football League Player of the Year, wide receiver David Chapman, as the Warriors were named co-champions of the league with Southwestern Assemblies of God. He also coached the 2012 CSFL Offensive Player of the Year in running back Tyler Thomas.
Prior to Bacone, Clough served as the offensive coordinator at Angelo State from 2005-10. Before his tenure at Angelo State, he was the offensive coordinator at Tyler Junior College in Tyler, Texas, from 1999-2004.
From 1995-1998, Clough served in multiple capacities at Midwestern State University in Wichita Falls, Texas, including the passing game and special teams coordinator before becoming the offensive coordinator in 1996. One of his wide receivers, Bryan Gilmore, was named the 1998 Player of the Year for the Lone Star Conference (NCAA Division II).
Before Midwestern State, Clough served as the offensive coordinator at Mesa State from 1991-94 and as a quarterbacks/wide receivers coach at Northern Colorado from 1989-90. His assistant coaching career began at Colorado State University from 1984-88 as a linebackers/running backs coach following a one-year stint as a defensive graduate assistant in 1983.
A walk-on linebacker in 1978 at Colorado State, he went on to earn a scholarship in 1980 and became a three-year letterwinner and two-year starter for the Rams. Clough was named to the 1982 Western Athletic Conference Academic All-WAC team and was a WAC scholar-athlete from 1980-82.
Clough earned a bachelor of science in physical education from Colorado State and a minor in anatomical science in May 1983. He went on to earn a master of science in exercise sport science from CSU in December 1990.
Scott and his wife, Janet, are the parents of two children: son, DJ, a high school football coach at Elgin High School in Elgin, Texas, and daughter, Susan, a nursing student at Angelo State.
In-State Area: Richmond Area and Surrounding Counties
Out-State Area: Colorado, Texas (Dallas/Houston), Oklahoma, New Mexico, Kansas
|Title:||Running Game Coordinator; Offensive line|
Mike Meifu enters his first season as the program's running game coordinator and offensive line coach after being hired in March of 2014.
He comes to Southern Virginia by way of Snow College in Ephraim, Utah, where he served as co-offensive coordinator and tight ends coach this past season.
During the 2012 season at Snow, Meifu served as the running game coordinator and coached an offensive line that consisted of two all-conference players who helped pave the way for the NJCAA's leading rusher, Breon Allen.
From 2009 to 2011, Meifu coached the tight ends at Snow, tutoring two NJCAA All-Americans as well as three players who went on to earn four-year scholarships at other universities. In 2011, Snow added special teams coordinator to Meifu's list of responsibilities. He also served as the Badgers' summer football camp director for three years.
Before coaching, Meifu played fullback for the Badgers and saw significant playing time as a freshman in 2006 before tearing an ACL in the final game of the year, forcing him to sit out the 2007 season. He returned for the 2008 season and was a key member of a team that finished 11-1 and played for the NJCAA national championship.
Between his time as a player and coach at Snow, Meifu helped Snow to an 82 percent winning percentage, two national championship appearances, six Top 10 finishes and five WSFL conference championships. He coached four NJCAA All-Americans and five WSFL all-conference players.
A 2006 graduate of West Jordan High School in West Jordan, Utah, Meifu earned Utah 5A First Team All-State honors as a senior at the running back position.
He graduated in 2008 from Snow College with an associate of science degree and went on to receive a bachelor's degree in business from Utah State University in 2012.
Mike is married to the former Jamie Driggs and they
have one son, Maximus.
In-State Area: Virginia Beach, Newport News
Out-State Area: Utah (Salt Lake, Utah Counties), Southern California, Georgia (Atlanta), Florida, Alabama, South Carolina
|Title:||Tight Ends; Director of Operations|
Nathan Bigelow enters his first season as an assistant coach for the Southern Virginia football program assigned to oversee the tight ends unit. He will also serve as the team's Director of Operations.
Bigelow joins the Knights by way of Snow College in Ephraim, Utah, where he served for two seasons as the tight ends coach.
At Snow, he coached four tight ends who went on to achieve NCAA Division I scholarships from the likes of Utah, Utah State and Middle Tennessee State.
A native of Portland, Oregon, Bigelow coached at Sunset High School in Portland, Oregon, for the 2011 season.
Before Sunset, he served on the coaching staff at Timpview High School in Provo, Utah, primarily overseeing the defensive line from 2007-10. For the 2007 and 2009 seasons, he assisted with the offensive line where he helped coach Xavier Sua-Filo, who went on to play at UCLA and was drafted last month by the Houston Texans of the National Football League.
While at Timpview, he also coached defensive lineman Bronson Kaufusi, who currently plays on the defensive line at BYU.
Bigelow served a two-year mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, from 1998-2000.
He graduated from Brigham Young University in 2007 with a bachelor’s degree in history.
Bigelow enjoys camping and fly fishing in his spare time.
In-State Area: Shenandoah Valley (Harrisonburg, Staunton, Charlottesville), Surrounding Counties
Out-State Area: Washington, Oregon, Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Tennessee
|Title:||Outside Linebackers/Defensive Line|
Garry Walker enters his first season as an outside linebackers/defensive line coach for the Southern Virginia University football program.
A native of Kamas, Utah, Walker has over 36 years of experience as both a head and assistant coach at the high school level in Utah and New Mexico.
His coaching career began at Kirtland High School in Kirtland, N.M. where he served as an assistant. He then served as an assistant coach at South Sevier High School in Monroe, Utah, for a few seasons.
At Ben Lomond High School in Ogden, Utah, he had the opportunity to coach his son, Jason, who currently serves as the head football coach at Southern Virginia.
After his time at Ben Lomond, he served on the coaching staff at Timpview High School in Provo, Utah, for 11 years. Walker finished his high school coaching career as an assistant at South Summit High School in Kamas, Utah, where he retired following the 2013 season.
Wlaker was also an assistant coach at Lehi High School in Lehi, Utah, and the head coach at East Corban High School in Price, Utah.
Walker coached football, basketball, wrestling, soccer and track and won championship titles in football, basketball and wrestling.
Walker was an all-state football player for South Summit High School and went on to play football at Snow College.
Garry and his wife, Cynthia, are the parents of six children: Jason, Joshua, Julie, Justin, Jadrian and Jodi.
Out-State Area: Washington D.C., Maryland, Delaware, Southern and Rural Utah, Wyoming, Dakotas, Montana, Nebraska
Dale Sprague enters his first season as an assistant defensive line coach for the Southern Virginia football program.
Sprague comes to Southern Virginia with a variety of coaching experiences as he has also coached wrestling at North Colonie Central School District, Alleghany County Schools and women’s track at Saranac Central High School. He also coached women’s basketball at Moriah Central High School and baseball at Western Maryland College, Wabash College, St. Lawrence University and Moriah Central High School.
Sprague has overseen the football programs at State University of New York at Plattsburgh, Blackburn College, Western Maryland College and Ursuline Academy. He coached the offensive line at Wabash College, Saint Lawrence University, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Middlebury College, Springfield High School, Alleghany County Schools and Washington and Lee University. He has also overseen the defensive line at Springfield High School, Alleghany County Schools and Washington and Lee.
Sprague has coached a number of All-Americans and All-Conference players and has led various teams to championship titles.
He received a bachelor's degree in secondary-elementary education from the American International College in 1976 and a master's in education from State University of New York in 1978.
While attending American International College, Sprague was a member of the football and baseball programs.
Prior to American International College, Sprague lettered in football, basketball and baseball at Moriah Central High School in Port Henry, N.Y. He helped lead his football team to three CVAC titles and was named a CVAC All-Conference quarterback and defensive back. He also helped his basketball and baseball teams to CVAV and Section VII titles. Sprague was named an All-CVAC first baseman and received a university Scholar-Athlete award.
Dale resides with his wife, Patti, in Clifton Forge, Va. They are the proud parents of four children and pround grandparents of four grandchildren.
In-State Area: Lower 64 West, Lynchburg, Lynchburg, South Virginia
Out-State Area: North Carolina, Illinois, Missouri, Iowa, Minnesota, Wisconsin
|Title:||Film Coordinator; Wide Receivers|
Chip Erekson is entering his third 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.
In-State Area: Roanoke, Southwest Virginia
Out-State Area: Arizona, Nevada, Kentucky, Indiana, Ohio, West Virginia, Pennsylvania
Dakoda Winsor enters his first season as an inside linebackers coach at Southern Virginia.
A member of the Knight football program from 2009-13, Winsor ended his career as one of the most successful defensive and special teams players in program history.
The West Richland, Wash., native led Southern Virginia in tackles during the 2013 season with 80 (41 solo, 39 assisted), which included 17.5 tackles for loss for a combined loss of 53 yards. He also earned 3.5 sacks on the year, one forced fumble, two fumble recoveries, two pass breakups and a safety.
During his career, Winsor finished first in career fumble recoveries with seven and ranked No. 2 in assisted tackles (121), pass breakups (14) and total tackles (276). Also a kickoff return specialist, he ended his career ranked No. 1 in school history in kick return yards with 2,214.
Dakoda and his wife, Amber, reside in Buena Vista.
In-State Area: Fredericksburg, Stafford, Spotsylvania, King George Counties
Out-State Area: New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine