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Former BYU assistant coach Joe DuPaix named head coach at Southern Virginia

Published: Friday, Jan. 29 2016 2:00 p.m. MST

BYU football running backs coach and recruiting coordinator Joe DuPaix speaks to reporters at a press conference held in the BYU Broadcast Building during National Signing Day. DuPaix, a Salt Lake City native, was named the head coach at Southern Virginia on Friday.

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Joe DuPaix is back in the coaching game.

The Salt Lake City native who is part of a coaching family was named the head football coach at Southern Virginia, the school announced Friday.

"We are thrilled to announce the hire of Coach DuPaix as our head football coach," SVU athletic director Jason Lamb said in a news release. "He comes highly recommended from prominent coaches throughout the country and has tremendous experience building successful football programs. He helped create a blueprint that we can model here at Southern Virginia University."

DuPaix was the running backs coach and recruiting coordinator at BYU from 2011-12. During his time in Provo, the Cougars went 18-8, including a 10-3 season in 2011 that culminated with a No. 25 final ranking in the coaches poll. BYU averaged 160.31 rushing yards per game in 2011 and 153.15 in 2012 under DuPaix.

He most recently was the head coach at Timpanogos in 2014, when the Timberwolves went 1-8.

Prior to his time at BYU, DuPaix served as the slotbacks coach at Navy from 2008-10. The Midshipmen ranked in the top six nationally in rushing each of his three years with the program. He has also coached at Cal Poly, Riverton High and Missouri University of Science & Technology.

“Joe DuPaix is a perfect fit for Southern Virginia football," Navy coach Ken Niumatalolo said in a statement. "He is a great football coach and a wonderful leader of men. He and his wife are wonderful examples of the Gospel of Jesus Christ and I know that the program will flourish under his leadership.”

DuPaix replaces Jason Walker, who went 1-19 in two seasons at Southern Virginia, a Division III school.

Matthew Edwards, a former BYU graduate assistant and the grandson of legendary Cougar head coach LaVell Edwards, was named the interim head coach at SVU in November after the team went 0-10 in 2015, losing by an average score of 50.3 to 8.2. Edwards was the offensive line coach and recruiting coordinator for Southern Virginia last season and, according to the school, will be working with DuPaix.

DuPaix's father, Roger, was a longtime coach at Skyline High while brother Danny DuPaix was the head coach at West Jordan High for two seasons. Joe DuPaix played quarterback at Southern Utah in 1996-97, setting a Division I-AA single-season rushing record for a quarterback with 1,246 yards in 1996.

“We are excited to welcome Joe DuPaix to our university family,” Southern Virginia President Reed N. Wilcox said in a statement. “He is a natural leader with the motivation and talent to build a successful, winning football program at Southern Virginia focused on developing well-rounded young men.”

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