PROVO — It is official, the second tier of BYU rebuilding its offensive coaching staff took place this week when Bronco Mendenhall hired an assistant coach from Navy, as reported Thursday in the Deseret News.
On Saturday, Mendenhall announced that Joe DuPaix has been hired as an offensive assistant coach on the Cougars' coaching staff. This hire follows the depature of offensive coordinator Robert Anae to Arizona and the elevation of quarterbacks coach Brandon Doman to replace him. Doman will remain the quarterback coach for the Cougars.
"Joe is an intelligent and energetic coach and a perfect fit for BYU," Mendenhall said. "He has an extremely bright future in this profession, and we are fortunate he has chosen to join us as we move into this new and exciting time as an independent program."
A third tier of offensive shuffling could take place before the Cougars start spring practice in March if another member of BYU's staff leaves as did Anae.
The Deseret News has learned assistant head coach Lance Reynolds is expected to remain on staff. If any of the other two coaches — wide receivers coach Patrick Higgins or offensive line coach Mark Weber — leave, Mendenhall could add another new face.
Coincidentally, a source told a Montreal newspaper this week that the CFL's all-time leading receiver, former Cougar Ben Cahoon, is retiring from the Alouettes. It is rumored Cahoon could be a candidate for receiver coach at BYU if Higgins leaves.
DuPaix (pronounced Due-PAY) comes to BYU with 13 years of coaching experience, including the past three seasons at the Naval Academy, where he served as the slotbacks coach. Prior to Navy, DuPaix was the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Cal Poly from 2004-2007.
"I am humbled and extremely excited to be part of the BYU football program," DuPaix said. "BYU is a great institution with one of the nation's top football traditions. I'm grateful for this opportunity and look forward to contributing to BYU's future success."
Navy compiled a record of 27-13 (.675) during DuPaix"s three years in Annapolis, winning two Commander-In-Chief's Trophies, earning three bowl bids and ranking among the top six in the nation in rushing yards all three seasons. The Midshipmen went 9-4 in 2010 to earn the best record among football independents after tying a program record with 10 wins in 2009, including a 35-13 rout of Missouri in the Texas Bowl. In 2008, Navy led the nation in average rushing yards per game with 293.38.
"Joe's a fantastic addition to our coaching staff," Doman, BYU's new offensive coordinator, said. "He has gained a great depth of experience during his coaching career, and Joe's a BYU guy."
Under DuPaix's tutelage in 2008, Navy slotback Shun White became the first slotback in school history to rush for 1,000 yards in a season, as his 1,092 yards ranks 10th all-time in school history. White rushed for a school record 348 yards in the season-opener against Towson, and his 8.27 yards per carry average ranked second in the country.
In 2007 at Cal Poly, DuPaix directed an offense that ranked first nationally in total offense, averaging 487.1 yards per contest. The Mustangs finished sixth in the country in scoring offense (39.3 points per game), fifth in rushing offense (272.2 yards per game), 13th in time of possession (32:25 per game) and 48th in passing offense (214.9 yards per game). In 2006, Cal Poly was ranked No. 23 in rushing offense, averaging 182.82 yards per game. The 2005 Mustangs finished the year 20th in the country in rushing offense (207.38 yards per game).
A quarterback for Southern Utah University in 1996 and '97, DuPaix set an NCAA Division I-AA individual rushing record for yards by a quarterback during the 1996 season (1,246 yards). Southern Utah was ranked first nationally for team rushing in 1996 and finished second nationally in 1997.
As a senior, he earned I-AA Independent Player of the Week honors with 218 yards rushing in a game against UC Davis.
DuPaix transferred to Southern Utah from Snow College, where he earned Junior College All-America honorable mention. DuPaix was the MVP of the 1995 Real Dairy Bowl and his team finished the year ranked seventh in the country. That year, he passed for 2,482 yards and rushed for 832 yards.
A Salt Lake City native, DuPaix played football for his father, Roger, at Skyline High School. As a senior, Joe was the state MVP and led his team to its first state title of the 1990s. Prior to arriving at Cal Poly, DuPaix was an assistant coach at Riverton High School in Salt Lake City from 1999-2000 and coached quarterbacks and receivers at the University of Missouri-Rolla from 1998-99.
DuPaix is married to the former Monica Taylor and they have six children: Madeleine, T.J., Jackson, Scott, Bryson and Cooper.