Former Skyline coach Roger DuPaix to coach at West Jordan next season

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    Jan. 3, 2014 5:22 p.m.

    I agree they can be better if they keep their own kids, but that was the point in my first post, it won't happen, especially now after losing to Copper Hills and Bingham continuing its dominance.
    As for why WJ hired him, Danny even said in another DNews article that he would hire his dad after his mission if he could talk him out of retirement. Which shows that he was at least going to try.
    All I am saying is there is nothing else on his resume except for his last name that could convince anyone that he would be a good head coach. Never been a varsity head coach before, never been a varsity offensive or defensive coordinator before. And I could even see them giving him the benefit of the doubt if he had at least played college ball somewhere, but he didn't. I almost think it's a mistake for him to bring his dad onto the staff. If he wants to get out from under his dads shadow and make a name for himself he needs to do it on his own, not have dad there holding his hand.

  • roll tide salt lake, UT
    Jan. 3, 2014 3:56 p.m.

    I am not close enough to the situation to know why he brought in the coaches that he did. I agree that the future doesnt look super bright, but I do know that he did not get the coaches to come with him from Herriman that he really wanted to. Maybe the coaches were smart enough not to go to WJ, they saw the writing on the walls that it would be a struggle and they wanted to stay at Herriman. If Dupaix can keep his kids in WJ they will be a decent team. They are in a rough region. Accusing Wj of hiring Danny a year in advance in order to get his dad on board is stupid. There is no way they knew Roger would want to coach.

    Jan. 3, 2014 3:29 p.m.

    roll tide,
    If DuPaix didn't want losing coaches on his staff, why did he bring in 3 former Copper Hills coaches? If you are trying to create a winning culture I don't know that bringing in coaches from a school that has never had a winning season is a great idea. DuPaix changed the culture alright. I hope WJ likes being the new Copper Hills.
    Pointing the finger at the old coaches and labeling them losers is not classy. WJ might not have done as well over the past few seasons but to say that "all they ever did was lose" is quite the over statement. If it's just coaching then why did they go 1-9 this year and lose to Copper Hills which has never happened in school history. Having great players has as much to do with winning as having great coaches.
    WJ has good players not great, add a coach with zero head coaching or coordinator experience and you get a 1-9 season and the first loss ever to your city rival. With similar records on their JV and Sophomore teams I will say it again, the future doesn't look bright at WJ.

  • roll tide salt lake, UT
    Jan. 2, 2014 4:40 p.m.

    THE 53,

    WJ should have gotten rid of every losing coach they had on staff when Dupaix was hired. Changing the culture 100% is the right thing to do. If he was the on the staff for 9 years and all they ever did was lose how good of a coach can he be? From what I have heard "liked by all the kids" is quite the over statement. I wish nothing but the best for Dupaix and the Jaguars. I am a Herriman sincerely miss Dupaix.

    Dec. 31, 2013 9:12 a.m.

    This was a package deal. Danny DuPaix had never been a Head Coach, OC, or DC at the Varsity level and by some "miracle" he got the head coaching job at WJ, over a DC who had been there for 9 years and was already a teacher on staff and liked by all the kids. I guess when you can tell the administrators in your interview that dear old Dad will join your staff when he gets home off the mission, and dad just happens to be the winningest head coach in state history, they are going to give you the job. Now it will be interesting to see how long they hold on to DuPaix if he can't win more games, and especially if they continue to lose to Copper Hills. Bingham went undefeated again and took home the 'ship. Copper Hills beat WJ for the first time in school history. Trust me the future doesn't look bright even with Dad DuPaix on the sideline.

  • eagle Provo, UT
    Dec. 24, 2013 12:36 p.m.

    Dupaix (son and father) were great hires for West Jordan. West Jordan has never been a powerhouse in football. I'm not expecting a miracle but for the Jaguars to get more competitive in future years. The region they're in is extremely tough so maybe competing for the last playoff spot or just winning some non-league games are the more immediate goals. I think right now the Jaguar program merely wants to hold onto to its own players that might be going to Bingham or elsewhere. That would be a great start. I know people are expecting big things here and at Mountain View (Wong) and Provo (McGeary), but I think the processes will be slower realistically. I think in all three cases, fans (parents and administrators as well) should keep expectations reasonable but expect steady progress.

    I think if any program makes a jump in wins next year I think it will actually be Provo if QB Vili Iongi makes the next step going from good to great, Chase Heiner remains healthy and the talented sophomore/freshman class continues to develop and can step in and fill some gaps on the varsity team.

  • Frankness TALLAHASSEE, FL
    Dec. 23, 2013 9:33 p.m.

    Hey MarkyMark...It's Seminole. Good to see you on here.

    Congratulations to Roger for being the energizer bunny he is "who gives and gives and keeps on giving". He's a good example to all of us...He's definitely a place to start if WJ wants to get things roaring. Some of us remember the late 1980's and early 1990's when Coach Rick Bojack faced the same issues, same place. I'd be interested in hearing his opinion plus other staffs opinions as far as the participation aspects go. The one thing Skyline and Bingham shared is an impressive youth league establishment with sound coaches, which I know is huge a factor for Alta and Jordan. If you don't have it there it's not likely you'll have state champion caliber at the next level. If anyone can do, they will.

  • markymark HERRIMAN, UT
    Dec. 23, 2013 9:04 p.m.

    Skyline was like Bingham is now. They didn't recruit, players just wanted to go there. Players go to Bingham today to be a part of the best program in the state, be coached by the best coaches and have the best chance of getting notices by colleges. Haters are going to hate Bingham today and make things up just like they did about skyline in the 90's. Coach dupaix is an amazing coach and will make an impact, I don't think it will be enough until they get better players. They will get more wins and be more competitive with him for sure.

  • DanO Mission Viejo, CA
    Dec. 23, 2013 5:15 p.m.

    Many of us, even those of us that weren't in football, chose to go to Skyline because it offered superior programs all around. I'm grateful I had had the opportunity to go there and to know Coach Dupaix and all the other teachers that helped get me to where I am today. Skyline didn't need to recruit. People wanted to go there.

  • Riverton123 Riverton , UT
    Dec. 23, 2013 5:12 p.m.

    It's not the kids that feed in to West Jordan that is the problem. Look at the basketball team, Always competitive. If the kids that live in West Jordan stay in West Jordan they would compete in any sport.

  • Flames6 North Salt Lake, UT
    Dec. 23, 2013 4:48 p.m.

    Uncle Sam sounds like a bitter dad who feels his kids were cheated somehow. Coaches make a huge difference. So do parents who go about sports the right way. East had some terrible years after Whitehead left. Did Matich suddenly recruit a D1 team to that school or did he make a huge difference with the kids that were there ? Before you answer that and spout off about the controversy in 2012, get the whole story. Coach Clifford at Clearfield took a perennial cellar dweller girls soccer team and went to the quarter finals in her first year. So many examples of how much difference a coach can make. BTW nice copy and paste from the other chat board.

  • UteROCK1 Riverton, UT
    Dec. 23, 2013 4:48 p.m.

    @Uncle Sam I agree with you to a point, however there a lot of West Jordan kids over the past years who have attended other schools when they should have went to WJ. So really the recruiting starts in Coach Dupaix's own city in WJ. The flood gates have already stopped this year & Coach Dupaix has started to turn that trend around in the younger age groups by keeping 9th grade WJ kids where they belong. You will see those efforts help turn the program around in a few years. Another key point is keeping the local Poly's in West Jordan who have been attending Bingham recently. I always find it interesting to read the Utah HS D1 prospects Bio's with their High school listed as Bingham but home town West Jordan....Just sayin.

  • spete12 WEST JORDAN, UT
    Dec. 23, 2013 4:08 p.m.

    He can win at West Jordan as long as he cna keep the West Jordan kids in West Jordan and keep Bingham from taking them!

  • Uncle Sam West Jordan, UT
    Dec. 23, 2013 3:02 p.m.

    @motorbike - They are a 1-9 football team and will stay that way as long as they play with the current kids that are feeding the school. If you suddenly see them winning 7-8 games in 3-4 years, go back and double check where the kids are coming from.

    I am just saying that I don't care how "legendary" the coach is, he can't win at West Jordan if he follows the same rules as the coaches before him.

  • motorbike Cottonwood Heights, UT
    Dec. 23, 2013 1:47 p.m.

    Uncle Sam,

    Don't believe everything you hear or even what you read.

    Not only did Dupaix not "recruit" a single day in his life, but Skyline had the numbers of a 4A if not 3A school through much of his tenure as head coach.

    Did Skyline get a few kids due to open enrollment each year? Sure. But go back and look at how many of them were starters or all-staters and you'll soon realize that Dupaix was an incredible coach to have won all those 5A titles.

  • Uncle Sam West Jordan, UT
    Dec. 23, 2013 12:49 p.m.

    It isn't going to matter where he coaches, unless he goes out and recruits. If West Jordan follows the rules and does not recruit outside of their boundary, they will never win no matter how legendary the coach is on the sidelines.

    Skyline won in the 80's with kids that lived all over the Salt Lake valley. Teams that win now do the same, it has nothing to do with coaching but more about what a school is willing to do to get around the rules.

    In today's day and age, show me a winner and I will show you a cheater. It's what high school sports have become.

  • Unbelievable West Jordan, Utah
    Dec. 23, 2013 12:33 p.m.

    Look out Miners, an old legend, one who built a dynasty way before you did, is returning to the sidelines.

    Just saying...