Joe DuPaix
Joe DuPaix
Title: Head Coach
Phone: 540-261-8504

Joe DuPaix served as head coach of the Southern Virginia football program during the 2016 and 2017 seasons.

In 2017, Dupaix led the Knights to a Homecoming weekend victory over The Apprentice School, as well as a New Jersey Athletic Conference win at William Paterson. Southern Virginia finished fourth in the conference in rushing offense with 155.8 yards per game.

In his first season with the Knights, DuPaix led the team to their first season-opening victory since 2007, and an NJAC 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 slotbacks 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.

As a player, he was the starting quarterback and team captain for two years at Southern Utah University, where he set an NCAA Division I-AA individual rushing record for yards by a quarterback (1,246 yards) during the 1996 season. The following season, he helped the Thunderbirds finish second in the nation while earning I-AA Independent Player of the Week honors with 218 yards rushing against UC Davis.
Dupaix, transferred to SUU from Snow College in Ephraim, Utah, where he was an Honorable Mention Junior College All-American and the 1995 Real Dairy Bowl MVP finishing the year with 2,482 passing yards and 832 rushing yards. 

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.