The veteran of the Cougar coaching staff, Jack Coppes is in his 14th straight season with Azusa Pacific football, and his 15th overall. Coppes, who oversees the Cougar kickers, first served a season on the staff in 1993 with Azusa Pacific Hall of Fame coach Jim Milhon. He returned in 1997 as a defensive line coach on the staff of NAIA Coach of the Year Vic Shealy and stayed on when Peter Shinnick took over in 1999. He is the only link between the Cougars' past 4 coaches - Victor Santa Cruz, Peter Shinnick Vic Shealy and Jim Milhon.
During his years working with the Cougar defensive line, Coppes coached several NAIA All-Americans, including Nick Tavaglione, Anthony Diggs, Peder Moore and Chuck Asiodu.
Under Coppes' tutelage, Azusa Pacific special teams have experienced some of the finest punters (B.J. Litchfield and Andrew Lutton) and place kickers (Mike Spellman, Mike Betancourth and Ben Hansen) in program history. They have either set school records or led the NAIA in their specialties.
Other than his service with Azusa Pacific, Coppes' entire 25-year coaching career was on the high school level, coaching at Whittier High, Nogales High, Diamond Bar High, Don Lugo High, Chino High and Alhambra High, where he began his coaching career in 1970.
He prepped at Whittier High where he was a 3-sport athlete and a member of the 1964 CIF 4A football championship team. In 2004, he was inducted into the Whittier High Hall of Fame. He played 2 years at Rio Hondo College and finished his career at Whittier College from which he graduated in 1973. He has a master's degree from Azusa Pacific.
Coppes, who lives in Rowland Heights with his wife of 40 years Linda, retired in 2008 after at the high school level for 34 years. While at Whittier High School, he had been the Cardinals' head wrestling coach for 20 years and served the boy's golf coach for 6 years.
His oldest son, Paul, was an All-American catcher on the Cougar baseball team during the mid-1990s. A younger son, Chris, played football for Whittier College during its 1996 conference championship season.
In in free time, he enjoys his 4 grandchildren, fishing, and golf. He has recently competed in masters swim meets