DuPaix to coach the slot backs, O'Rourke moves to offensive line
Joe DuPaix (pronounced Due-PAY) is entering his third season at the Naval Academy as the slot backs coach. DuPaix came to Navy from Cal Poly, where he served as the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach.
Navy has compiled a record of 18-9 (.667) in his two years in Annapolis, winning two Commander-In-Chief's Trophies, earning two bowl bids, winning a bowl game (the Texas Bowl) and beating Notre Dame in South Bend.
The 2009 season was one to remember, as the Mids tied a school record for wins with 10, won a school-record seventh-consecutive Commander-In-Chief's Trophy, appeared in a school-record seventh-consecutive bowl game and ran its winning streak against the other two Service Academies to an amazing 15-straight games. The Mids capped the season off with a 35-13 rout of Missouri in the Texas Bowl. The offense finished fourth in the country in rushing, averaging 280.5 yards per game.
The Mids posted an 8-5 record in 2008 and participated in the EagleBank Bowl. The Mids won the Commander-In-Chief's Trophy thanks to a 33-27 victory over Air Force and a 34-0 win over Army. Other landmark wins during the 2008 season included a 24-17 victory over 16th-ranked Wake Forest, which was Navy's first win over a team ranked in the Associated Press Top 25 since 1985, as well as Navy's victory the previous week over Rutgers. It was the first time since 1981 that Navy beat teams currently in the BCS in back-to-back weeks. Navy also defeated a program-record four bowl teams.
Under DuPaix's tutelage in `08, slot back Shun White became the first slot back 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 was the second-best yards per carry average in the country. Navy led the nation in rushing for a fourth-straight year, averaging 292.4 yards per game.
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) 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, and averaged 22.5 points per contest. 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 1997, 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 in Ephraim, Utah, where he was an Honorable Mention Junior College All-American. 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.
DuPaix grew up in Salt Lake City, Utah, and 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. He had also previously coached the quarterbacks and receivers at the University of Missouri-Rolla.
DuPaix is married to the former Monica Taylor and they have six children: Madeleine (12), T.J. (11), Jackson (9), Scott (7), Bryson (4) and Cooper (2).