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High school football: Legendary Utah coaches Roger Dupaix and John Colosimo honored on opening night

Dupaix and Colosimo are tied with a state record eight state championships and won a combined 535 games over their 30-plus year careers.

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Retired high school football coaches Roger Dupaix and John Colosimo were honored at Juan Diego High School in Draper for their contributions to high school football in Utah where they each won eight state championships.

Retired high school football coaches Roger Dupaix, left, and John Colosimo were honored before Friday’s season opener between Skyline and Juan Diego. The two are tied with a state record eight state championships.

Provided by Kathie Colosimo

Two of the winningest high school football coaches in state history were honored Friday night during Juan Diego’s 52-30 win over Skyline.

Retired coaches Roger Dupaix and John Colosimo are tied with a state record eight state championships, and when their former teams squared off Friday, they were recognized for their longtime contributions to high school football in Utah.

Dupaix was a head coach in Utah for 35 years, while Colosimo coached for 32 years.

Dupaix coached Highland from 1977 to 1985 and then Skyline from 1986 to 2011. His all-time coaching record stands at 301-112, with all his state titles coming at Skyline.

His 301 wins are 63 more than second-place in the record books, Bountiful’s Larry Wall, who stands at 238.

Colosimo ranks fourth all-time in victories with 234, with his all-time coaching record at 234-134.

He coached at Judge Memorial from 1985 to 1996 and then at Juan Diego from 2000 to 2019. All eight of his state titles came at Juan Diego, including a three-peat from 2015-2017.

Incredibly, despite over two decades coaching simultaneously in the Salt Lake valley, they only met once, and it was in Dupaix’s final year of coaching in 2011.

Skyline won 27-17.