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Defensive Coordinator (Secondary) • Third Year
Portland State '94
Recruiting Area: Central Coast
Greg Lupfer joined Coach Tim Walsh's staff at Cal Poly in January 2009 as the team's defensive coordinator. He coached the linebackers in 2009 and switched to the secondary in 2010.
Lupfer coached the safeties, outside linebackers and special teams at Toledo in 2008. Prior to his one-year coaching stint at Toledo, Lupfer coached for 12 seasons (1995-2006) at his alma mater, Portland State, including the final seven seasons as the defensive coordinator and linebackers coach. During his tenure with the Vikings, all under the direction of Walsh, Lupfer’s defenses were among the top-rated in the Big Sky Conference.
In 2006, Portland State allowed just 12.4 points per game against conference foes, by far the best in the league. Overall, Portland State allowed 18.4 points per game, the fewest since joining the ranks of the Football Championship Subdivision (formerly Division I-AA) in 1996. The Vikings also forced 31 turnovers to rank second in the nation.
Lupfer’s best player on the 2006 team was linebacker Adam Hayward, the Big Sky Conference’s Defensive Player of the Year and a finalist for the Buck Buchanan Award as the top defensive player in the FCS. Hayward now plays for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Lupfer’s defense also dominated the Big Sky in 2004, leading the league in every major category, including scoring defense (20.3), rushing defense (110.1) and total defense (346.3).
Prior to his post as defensive coordinator, Lupfer coached the Vikings’ defensive secondary and special teams from 1996-99. He was outside linebackers coach in 1995 at Portland State and, before that, coached the linebackers as a graduate assistant for one season at Boise State in 1994.
Lupfer was an outstanding linebacker for Portland State, earning All-Western League honors in 1991, leading the team in tackles and helping an 11-3 Viking team reach the NCAA Division II semifinals. He missed the 1992 season due to injury, but came back in 1993 to lead the Vikings back to the playoffs. He was credited with 177 tackles in his career.
Lupfer, 40, who also played at Walla Walla Community College in 1989 and 1990, is a June 1994 graduate of Portland State with a bachelor’s degree in social science. He and his wife Tina have three children, Taylor (15), Colby (12) and Demi (4).