Turning West Jordan's football program into a winner simply is a matter of following the pattern of success Danny DuPaix has experienced.
He is the son of Roger DuPaix, the all-time winningest coach in Utah high-school history; he won a state championship as a player at Skyline and worked as an assistant at Herriman High School.
As DuPaix takes over for former coach Mike Morgan, he believes his experience will help West Jordan turn into a winner. The Jaguars are coming off a 2-8 season and haven't topped .500 since 2009.
"The kids are excited," DuPaix said. "We've had a tremendous offseason, and we've seen tremendous growth in the program. We've recruited students in the hallway to try and get more speed and size. We've just about doubled the numbers from last year. We are preaching a team concept and to be the best in everything that they do. We're not so much concerned about wins and losses. Our emphasis will be about attitude."
DuPaix is wasting no time. Many high-school coaches use the one week they get to practice in full pads in July, but he has his players padded up this week in his football camp that runs all this week and concludes with a scrimmage Friday.
"I thought it would be best to run our padded camp early," DuPaix said. "We have to find out who can play, and we need more time since we are implementing a new offense."
The emphasis of the camp will be to see who is ready to play at the varsity level and to work on learning an option-based offense.
"We have some good athletes at quarterback in our system," he said. "It's an open competition, but it's Colton Michaelsen's job to lose. He started last year, and he's a big guy who likes to run the ball. We're going to spread the ball around and get it to our best athletes. The kids have responded very well, so now we will see how it works."