Super Bowl champion Edwin Mulitalo enters his third season as the head football coach at Southern Virginia University, after named head coach in March 2018.
Mulitalo joined the Knights' staff in 2016 under Joe DuPaix. During his first season, Ed coached the defensive line and was promoted to defensive coordinator the next season. After allowing 478 yards and 50 points per game in 2015, Mulitalo in his first year helped the Knights' defense limit opponents to less than 320 yards and 30 points per game in 2016.
Defensive improvements continued in 2017 as the Knights limited opponents' rushing yards and forced more fumbles than the previous year.
After playing college football at the University of Arizona, Mulitalo was drafted in 1999 by the Baltimore Ravens. He went on to play ten years in the NFL, including a Super Bowl Championship with the Ravens in the 2000-01 season.
After retiring from the NFL, and coaching the offensive line in the inaugural season at Herriman High School, Mulitalo moved with his wife and three children to the Samoan Island of Upolu where he taught and coached the Church College of Samoa rugby team to a national title. As a Polynesian-American, Mulitalo now joins Navy head coach Ken Niumatalolo and Brigham Young University’s Kalani Sitake as one of three Polynesian members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to become NCAA head football coaches.
After returning from Samoa, Mulitalo joined the staff at Southern Utah University as an assistant to the offensive line coach and helped the Thunderbirds win their first Big Sky Championship Title outright.
Mulitalo was featured in 2017 by NFL Films in A Football Life.
He currently lives in Buena Vista with his beautiful wife Laura, and four children, Lima, Tupu, Lola, and Milo.
Danny DuPaix enters his 4th year as the Knights offensive coordinator and 5th season as assistant head coach (17th season coaching) while adding the Quarterbacks Coach title in 2018.
Under DuPaix, the Knights' offense in 2019 saw another season of progress as the Knights improved in almost every offensive statistical category, highlighted by two-time First Team All-Conference running back Akiva Wedge's back-to-back 1,000+ yard rushing seasons and Honorable Mention offensive tackle Sami Grady (NJAC - '18, ODAC - '19, respectively). In addition to Wedge's stellar seasons, wide receivers Josh Newman and Kevin Adams quietly produced career seasons, breaking records in season receptions (Adams- 49), career TD receptions (Adams- 7), and career receiving yards (Newman- 810 yards). Sophomore QB Davis Pinkston also set season records in completion percentage (52%), yards per attempt (5.8), and QB Efficiency (108.7) while tying the season record in TD completions (14).
In 2018, the offense transition from the flexbone triple option to a spread power run. The Knights improved in scoring, total offense, yards per play, yards per completion, 3rd down percentage and red zone scoring for the second consecutive season. The Knights set school records in average yards per rush (5.2 yards), yards per game (103.2), and season total rushing yards (1,032). Wedge also became the first 1,000 yard rusher in school history.
In 2017, DuPaix led the Knights finish fourth in the NJAC in rushing offense. The Knights put up 45 points in a win over The Apprentice School, the most the team has scored since the 2011 season.
Before SVU, DuPaix was the Head Coach at West Jordan High School (5A). West Jordan ranked in the top 5 passing and top three rushing offenses in consecutive seasons. The program also improved from a 2.5 GPA to a 3.2 GPA during his tenure.
Before moving to West Jordan High, DuPaix was the special teams coordinator and running backs coach at Herriman High School (5A) in the school’s inaugural seasons, producing three All-State running backs. Under head coach Larry Wilson, the team went 20-14 making the playoffs each season and a Region Championship in 2012.
For six years prior to Herriman High, DuPaix coached multiple positions at his alma mater, Skyline High School including several Region Championships and a State Title in 2005.
As a player, he started for the Top 10 Nationally ranked University of Utah Rugby Team (Division 1). He led the team to the National Playoffs three times and Quarterfinals twice. In 2008, he set a school record for tries in a game (5). He graduated from Utah with an M.S. in Education and B.S. in Special Education.
A Salt Lake City, Utah, native and brother of current Navy Asst. Coach Joe DuPaix, he played high school football for his father, Roger, where he played on 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, DuPaix married the former Rebecca Sonnenberg and they have five children: Judson, Lyla, Thomas, Raleigh and Noelle.
Nate Lealao enters his fourth season on the Knights' coaching staff and his third season as the defensive coordinator while heading up his first season leading the defensive backs.
Leolao played at James Logan High School in Union City, Calif., earning All-League and All-East Bay honors. After high school, he played linebacker and defensive end at College of the Canyons and went on to play at Dixie State University from 2013-16.
A Bay Area native, Lealao is the nephew of head coach Edwin Mulitalo. His father, Rob Lealao, is a coach at James Logan High School, and his youngest brother Nakita Lealao plays at the University of Nevada-Reno.
Served a full-time mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the Georgia Atlanta North Mission. He graduated from Dixie State with a Bachelor's Degree in communications and an emphasis in mass media.
He is married to his wife Macon and resides in Buena Vista, Virginia.
Patrick Hofmann enters his third season with the Southern Virginia football program. Beginning in 2018, Hofmann will coach the tight ends and fullbacks. In 2017, he served as the video coordinator and offensive line coach.
From 2011-15, Hofmann coached at Highland High School in Salt Lake City, Utah, working in various roles on the coaching staff.
He graduated from the University of Utah in 2015 and holds a Bachelor's degree in exercise and sports science, with a minor in nutrition.
Justin Hugie enters his third season with the Southern Virginia football programs as the wide receivers and special teams coach.
Most recently, Hugie served the past four years at Southern Utah University, as a defensive assistant coach 2-14-15 and as a special teams assistant 2016-17. His last role was during 2017 as an offensive assistant.
Hugie was a part of two Big Sky Championships in 2015 and 2017, with the team making two playoff appearances.
Coached Big Sky First Team All-Conference punter, in 2016. His special teams kickoff coverage and punt coverage became ranked first in the conference.
Prior to coaching, Hugie graduated from Southern Utah with a Bachelor's in Human Performance. He is currently earning his Masters's degree in Public Administration from Southern Utah and is married to his wife Madison.
Michael Frye enters the second season on the Southern Virginia football staff as a Running backs coach.
Frye, who graduated in April 2017 with a degree in family and child development, led the Knights with 404 rushing yards as a senior.
Frye came to Southern Virginia in 2013 and helped the Knights build an 8-2 record, the best record in school history. The Knights finished 2013 ranked No. 1, according to the final United States Collegiate Athletic Association coaches' poll.
In 2012, Frye worked as a speed and conditioning coach at A.S.T. speed training.
Skyler Cloward enters his first season as the defensive line coach.
Prior to coaching, Cloward played the past four seasons for the Knights providing consistency and leadership on the Southern Virginia defensive line. The Grantsville, Utah, native made history after being named to both the CoSIDA Academic All-District and Academic All-American First Teams. The senior finished fifth on the team with 50 tackles, three tackles for loss, one sack, and a fumble recovery to sure up the defensive line. Cloward wraps up his career finishing with the most career tackles by a defensive lineman and third in program history (186).
Paul Anderson enters his first season with the Southern Virginia football program as the Knights new Linebackers coach.
Anderson has served for the past two seasons as the Tight Ends and Fullbacks coach at Minot State University. While at Minot State, Anderson was part of the Beaver coaching staff that helped post the best win total in the Division-II era. Prior to working with the Tight Ends, he spent a season as a student assistant working with the Defensive Line at Minot.
Anderson played for the Beavers football program on the Defensive Line prior to joining their staff. He also played one season at Southern Virginia prior to transferring to Minot State.
Anderson graduated from Minot State with a Masters in Sports Management and a Bachelor’s degree in Finance. He also served a full-time mission for The Church or Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in the Utah Salt Lake City Mission.