Joe DuPaix enters his seacond year as head coach of the Southern Virginia football program.
In his first season with the Knights, DuPaix (Du-PAY) led the team to their first season-opening victory since 2007, and a New Jersey Athletic Conferene victory over William Paterson.
Coach DuPaix came 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 eight children.
Danny DuPaix enters his first year as the Knights' offensive coordinator, and second season as assistant head coach and running backs coach (14th season overall).
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.
Ed Mulitalo enters his second season with the Southern Virginia football team, and serves as the defenisve coordinator and linebackers 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 coached the offensive line in the inagural season at Herriman High School. Later, he taught physical education and seminary, and coached the Pesega Church College rugby team to a national title in Samoa.
Later 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 Campionship Title outright.
He currently lives in Buena Vista with his beautiful wife Laura, and four children, Lima, Tupu, Lola and Milo.
|Title:||Defensive Back Coach|
Rob McCoy joins the Southern Virginia football staff as the Defensive Back Coach.
Most recently, McCoy served as an assistant coach at a number of different high schools and positions in New Jersey: Pemberton High School (WRs, QBs, DBs), Woodrow Wilson High School (OC, DBs), Winslow (DCs, QBs), Camden Catholic (DBs), Millville High School (LBs). He also served in the Willingboro Panthers Youth programs as a head coach for 8 years.
Prior to coaching, McCoy was captain of the University of New Hampshire Wildcats in 1995 where he received second team All-Yankee Conference Honors as a strong safety and earned the team's Distinguished Service Award.
Rob played on the University of New Hampshire Lacrosse Team in 1993 and 1994 and played on the Wildcats Basketball Team in 1992-93. After entering the NFL draft in 1996 Rob enjoyed stints in the Arena Football League until 2001.
This Amityville, New York native played quarterback at Copiague High School.
McCoy graduated in 1996 with a Bachelor's Degree in English. He married the former Tamika Capps and together they have three children; Robert Jr., Aniyah Raine, and Aubree Skye.
|Title:||Special Teams Coordinator / Wide Receivers Coach|
Adam Shaker joins the Southern Virignia football staff as the special teams coordinator and wide receivers coach.
Shaker comes to Southern Virginia from the University of Virginia, where he oversaw offensive/special teams quality control for Head Coach Bronco Mendenhall. He worked with the offensive and special teams systems by breaking down film, creating scouting reports, coaching and scout teams.
Before UVA, Shaker coached with Mendenhall at Brigham Young University in 2015.
Prior to BYU, Shaker coached the wide receivers at Georgetown University in Washington D.C.
Prior to Georgetown, Shaker worked as the assistant quarterbacks and wide receivers coach at Old Dominion University. At ODU he was responsible for offensive quality control, including film breakdown, data entry, and creation of game plans. During his time in Norfolk, Va., ODU was 21-5, and competed in the FCS playoffs in 2011 and 2012. The Monarchs also won the 2012 Colonial Athletic Association's (CAA) Conference Championship.
Prior to ODU, Shaker has worked with wide receivers at Fairfax High School and West Springfield High School in Northern Virginia.
Keaton Epps enters his first season as the recruiting coordinator and defensive line coach at Southern Virginia.
Last year Epps served as the defensive line coach at Clayton HS in Clayton, N.C. Before coaching at Clayton High, he competed at Minot State in 2015, 2016 as a defensive end and long snapper where he was elected defensive line captain, and earned Myles Brand All-Academic Distinction Award. He earned a master's in business management at Minot State.
Prior to Minot State, Epps was a member of the Southern Virginia football program. The Wake Forest, North Carolina, native played in 10 games in 2013 and had 28 solo tackles and 23 tackle assists, earning 8.5 sacks for a loss of 46 yards. He also had two forced fumbles and five pass breakups on the year.
For his achievements, he was named to the 2013 All-USCAA first team and to the second team defense of the Roanoke Times College Division All-State football team. In the classroom, Epps was named USCAA All-Academic and a 2013 Capital One Academic All-District recipient.
He also made the 2014 spring semester president’s and provost’s lists and was named to the 2013-14 VaSID Academic All-State team. He graduated from Southern Virginia with a degree in Spanish.
Epps joined the program in the spring of 2013 after transferring from Snow College in Ephraim, Utah. He served a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Santa Rosa, California.
Keaton and his wife, Lillian, a former member of the women’s lacrosse program at Southern Virginia, have one son, Paxton.
Patrick Hofmann enters his second season with the Southern Virginia football program, and serves 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.
Michael Frye joins the Southern Virginia football staff as a B-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 and 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.
Nate Lealao enters his first season as a defensive assistant with the Knights.
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 defensive coordinator 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 gradated from Dixie State with a Bachelor's Degree in communications and an emphasis in mass media.
Steven O'Grady enters his first season as a defensive assistant for the Knights.