Paup, a former NFL Defensive Player of the Year, has spent the last four seasons coaching the defensive line at his alma mater Northern Iowa.
Paup took the Panther defensive line to new heights since taking the reins in 2013. UNI has finished each year ranked in the top-40 nationally in rushing defense, total defense and sacks.
In 2016, he coached defensive end Karter Schult, who received the FCS STATS Buck Buchanan Award. The award is presented to the absolute best defensive player in FCS football and Schult was the first Panther to be honored with it. Under Paup, Schult led all of Division I football with 17.0 sacks in the regular season. He set a new UNI record for tackles for loss in a season with 24.0, giving him the UNI career record with 56.0. Schult was also the 2016 MVFC Defensive Player of the Year, FCS ADA Defensive Player of the Year, Madness FCS Defensive Player of the Year and a consensus All-American.
Schult recorded at least one sack in 10 of the 11 games and tied his own school record with 5.5 tackles for loss against No. 14 Montana. Schult finished his career at UNI ranked first all-time in career tackles for loss (56.), yards from tackles for loss (266), yards from sacks (215) and quarterback hurries (20). He finished second in career sacks with 35.5 and was also a two-time Academic All-American.
In 2015, Paup saw Schult and Isaac Ales anchor a defensive line that finished the season ranked No. 19 in sacks and No. 21 in tackles for loss. Northern Iowa allowed only 124 rushing yards a game, which ranked No. 18 in the FCS. Paup was integral in developing Schult from an inside tackle to a defensive end this season. He led both Schult and Ales to All-Conference nods with Schult also being named to the STATS All-America second-team. Paup also stressed hard work off the field to his linemen, with Schult and Ales earning Academic All-America honors.
Paup was an integral part of UNI’s defensive unit that finished ranked in the top-15 in the country in eight different statistical categories during the 2014 season. He led the defensive line to a No. 3 ranking in FCS football in team sacks, seeing Ales finish in the top-35 in tackles for loss and sacks. Under his direction, senior Xavier Williams was named to four different All-America teams and earned a spot in the Shrine Bowl.
Paup led a talented defensive line during the 2013 season, as defensive tackle Xavier Williams earned All-America honors. Williams also earned All-MVFC recognition along with fellow defensive lineman Collin Albrecht. Paup coached the line to finish second in the MVFC in tackles for loss and third in team sacks where Albrecht finished in the top-30 in the FCS in sacks per game.
Prior to UNI, Paup served as the head coach at Southwest High School in Green Bay, Wis. from 2007-2012, posting a 43-21 record.
Paup played linebacker at UNI from 1986-1989 and earned second team All-America honors in 1989. He went on to have an 11-year NFL career that was highlighted by him earning defensive player of the year honors in 1995 with the Buffalo Bills. Paup played from 1990-94 with the Green Bay Packers before playing in Buffalo from 1995-97. Paup played two seasons in Jacksonville before capping his NFL career with the Minnesota Vikings in 2000.
He started 113 of the 148 games he played in the NFL and was a four-time Pro Bowl selection who recorded 75 career sacks. Paup is also a former member of the Green Bay Packers’ Board of Directors.
Paup and his wife, Denise, have six children. His daughters are Rachel, Hailey, Lauren and Paige. He also has two sons, Alex and Nathan. Alex played linebacker at UNI from 2013-14.
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