Arriving at Jacksonville University in December 2016 as the safeties coach and recruiting coordinator, Jake Copeland was previously the head coach and defensive coordinator at The Heritage School in Newnan, Ga.
Coach Copeland arrived at The Heritage School in June of 2015 from his alma mater, Lenoir Rhyne University.
While at Lenoir Rhyne, Copeland played as a quarterback and defensive back for three seasons (2009-11), before becoming a student assistant due to injury. After graduation, he was a defensive graduate assistant from 2013-2015, and helped the Bears to four-straight conference championships, and a national championship appearance in 2013.
Coach Copeland and his wife Chelsey are natives of Newnan, Ga., where they attended Northgate High school.