Landon Fox is in his first season as the head coach of the Valparaiso University football program in 2019.
Fox is no stranger to success in the Pioneer Football League, as he has spent the last 11 years as the defensive coordinator and secondary coach at the University of Dayton under head coach Rick Chamberlin. During that time, the Flyers compiled an 86-38 record, won three PFL championships and participated in the 2015 FCS playoffs while making defense a hallmark of the program.
During Fox’s time as defensive coordinator, Dayton held opponents to an average of 19 points per game. The defensive backfield produced one All-American, four Academic All-Americans, two PFL Special Teams Players of the Year and had three corners invited to NFL Rookie Minicamp. He helped the team finish with 10 winning seasons in his 11 years on staff.
Dayton’s defense frequently ranked among the national leaders in a variety of statistical categories during Fox’s tenure. That trend began immediately in 2008, when the Flyers ranked second nationally in rushing defense, fifth in scoring defense and sixth in total defense during his first season. In 2009, the team led the nation in pass efficiency defense and was second in pass defense, third in total defense and fifth in scoring defense. The 2010 team was second in rushing defense, second in sacks and eighth in turnover margin, while the 2011 edition ranked third in sacks and eighth in rushing defense.
Accruing Top 10 national rankings in defensive statistical categories remained the norm in 2013, when the team ranked fourth in fourth-down defense. In 2014, Dayton was ninth nationally in third-down defense and 10th in pass efficiency defense before the 2015 squad ranked second in passes intercepted, fifth in blocked kicks and 10th in turnovers gained. The Flyers led the nation in passes intercepted in 2016 while also ranking fifth in blocked kicks, sixth in turnovers gained, eighth in pass efficiency defense and 10th in both red-zone defense and fourth-down defense.
After again ranking in the Top 5 nationally in blocked kicks in 2017, Dayton boasted the second-best scoring defense in the PFL in 2018.
Prior to joining the Flyers staff, Fox served as the linebackers coach and special teams coordinator at Wayne State University in Detroit from 2005-2007. His special teams unit ranked fourth nationally in Division II in kickoff returns in 2008.
Fox’s resume also includes stints as a defensive graduate assistant at Ball State University (2004), Dayton (2002-2003) and Lakeland College (2001). He began his coaching career as an assistant varsity coach at Preble Shawnee High School in Camden, Ohio during the 2000 season.
During his playing days, Fox was a team captain and all-conference performer at Defiance College in Defiance, Ohio from 1995-1999. He graduated from Defiance with a degree in physical education and health in May 2000 before earning his master’s degree in education from Lakeland in May 2002.
Fox and his wife Rhonda have a daughter, Riley, and a son, Logan.