Francis St. Paul begins his fourth season as the wide receivers coach and fifth overall working with the position group. He joined the Northern Arizona University staff as an offensive assistant prior to the 2007 season. A former player in the NFL, St. Paul also serves as the pro liaison for the staff and coordinates the summer camps.
The Lumberjacks produced the top two receivers in the Big Sky Conference in receptions per game in 2010 in senior Daiveun Curry-Chapman (6.3) and Austin Shanks (5.9), earning both All-Big Sky honorable second-team honors. Curry-Chapman led the team in receptions (69), receiving yards (738) and receiving touchdowns (6), earning a free agent contract with the Arizona Cardinals in July 2011.
In 2009, St. Paul coached a wide receiver group that helped NAU rank fifth in the country in passing offense (308.6) and total offense (439.5) and ninth in passing efficiency (147.8). Wide receiver Ed Berry, whose 75 receptions and 1,075 yards in 2009 are among the top-five single-season totals in school history, was an All-American and ranked among the national top 10 in receptions per game and receiving yards. Overall, the receiver group produced six players with 19 or more receptions and 200 yards receiving including three with more than 500 yards on the season.
St. Paul tutored three student-athletes to All-Big Sky honors in 2008 with Berry, Conrad Meadows and Skyler Moore all earning honorable mention accolades. Berry, Meadows and Curt Sweeney all caught over 40 balls and had more than 400 yards receiving to help the offense rank 23rd in the nation in total offense. NAU gained 772 yards of total offense against the New Mexico Highlands, shattering the school record set in 1989 against Nevada of 674. It was the highest single-game total in the FCS and second overall in all Division I last season.
In 2007, St. Paul helped tutor All-Big Sky selection Alex Watson, who led the receivers with 63 catches for 611 for five touchdowns. He surpassed his coach’s career totals for receiving yards and touchdowns during the season.
St. Paul finished his career among the all-time receivers in school history, ranking second in touchdowns (19), ninth in receptions (113) and 10th in receiving yards (1,617). He was a sixth-round pick of the St. Louis Rams in the 2001 NFL Draft, playing with the Rams on the active roster and practice squad over two seasons including Super Bowl XXXVI in New Orleans. He also had stints with the Pittsburgh Steelers, Carolina Panthers and Jacksonville Jaguars. He finished his professional career with the Ottawa Renegades in the Canadian Football League in 2004.
St. Paul completed his degree requirements in business/marketing in 2005. He coached at the prep level in Phoenix for two seasons before joining the NAU staff. In 2005, he was the wide receivers and return game coach at Camelback High School, followed by one season at Moon Valley High School as the passing game coordinator and wide receivers coach.
St. Paul married the former Whitney Martindale on June 30, 2007 in Las Vegas. They have a five-year old son Jalen and two-year old Jaxon.
Francis St. Paul, Wide Receivers
Born: April 25,
College: Northern Arizona University, 2005
Playing Experience: Northern Arizona University, 1997-00; St. Louis Rams, 2001-02; Pittsburgh Steelers, 2002; Jacksonville Jaguars, 2003; Carolina Panthers, 2003; Ottawa Renegades, 2004
Family: Wife, the former Whitney Martindale, and sons Jalen (5) and Jaxon (2).
Recruiting Areas: Phoenix, Southern California (Los Angeles)
Saint Paul’s Coaching Chronology
2005 Camelback High School, Wide Receivers
2006 Moon Valley High School, Passing Game Coordinator/Wide Receivers
2007 Northern Arizona University, Offensive Assistant
2008-Pres. Northern Arizona University, Wide Receivers