Jake Copeland enters his second year as the safeties coach and recruiting coordinator for Jacksonville University football in 2018.
Copeland led the Dolphins' safeties unit to sucess in first season at the helm of the unit, helping senior Griffin Garland to earn Second-Team All-Conference honors in the Pioneer Football League. Garland recorded 62 tackles and three interceptions during the 2017 season, while sophomore Tommy Mack made a statement as one of the team's premier underclassman. Mack pulled in the team's fourth interception of the night in the final seconds against PFL foe Marist College on Sept. 23, 2017, allowing the team to walk away with a 44-37 victory.
Priot to arriving in the River City, Copeland was 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 have a son Jaxton and they are natives of Newnan, Ga., where they attended Northgate High school.