Feb. 4, 2005
Seattle - Washington football coach Tyrone Willingham named three offensive assistant coaches to the Husky staff today. Tim Lappano will serve as the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach, Eric Yarber will coach the Husky wide receivers and Trent Miles will work with the UW running backs. Willingham has one remaining position available on his staff and hopes to announce that hiring next week.
All three of new Husky assistants have previous coaching experience in the Pac-10 Conference.
Lappano spent the past two seasons as the running backs coach for Dennis Erickson at the San Francisco 49ers. His last college appointment was as the offensive coordinator at Oregon State from 2000 to 2003. Lappano was instrumental in the resurgence of the Beavers program. Oregon State led the Pac-10 in rushing yards with 1,933, and in rushing offense, averaging 148.7 yards per game in 2002. Running back Steven Jackson led the conference with 1,690 yards while earning first-team All-Pac-10 honors.
A long-time veteran of Erickson's coaching staff, Lappano began his coaching career as Erickson's running backs coach at Idaho in 1982, helping the Vandals to a Big Sky Conference championship in 1985. After one season as running backs coach for Wyoming in 1986, Lappano served as running backs coach at Washington State before moving to offensive coordinator in 1989. He led the Cougars to a top-10 finish with Pro Bowl quarterback Drew Bledsoe and Pac-10 Offensive Player-of-the-Year, running back Steve Broussard.
Lappano moved on to California in 1992 as assistant head coach and running backs coach. While in Berkeley, Lappano coached Heisman Trophy candidate Russell White and helped lead Cal to an Alamo Bowl victory over Iowa in 1993. He returned to Wyoming in 1996 as receivers coach, helping the Cowboys to a WAC Championship while coaching All-American Marcus Harris to the Fred Biletnikoff Award, given to the nation's top receiver.
Lappano joined the Purdue coaching staff in 1997 as co-offensive coordinator and receivers coach. The Boilermakers led the Big 10 in offense that season and ranked seventh in the nation.
Lappano rejoined Erickson and made his NFL debut in 1998 with the Seattle Seahawks. During his one season as running backs coach, he helped Ricky Watters rush for 1,239 yards and nine touchdowns, earning team Offensive Player-of-the-Year honors.
During his first season with the 49ers in 2003 Lappano's running back corp ranked third in the NFC with 2,279 yards. San Francisco fullback Fred Beasley made his first Pro Bowl appearance and running back Kevan Barlow rushed for a career-high 1,024 yards despite starting only four games.
A four-year letterman at Idaho, Lappano finished his collegiate career as the school's second all-time leading rusher with 2,196 yards. He earned a bachelor's degree in general studies in 1983. He prepped at Gonzaga High School in Spokane, WA, earning All-State honors as a senior.
The 48-year-old Lappano is a native of Spokane. He and his wife, Sandi, have two sons, Taylor and Kyle.
Like Lappano, Yarber spent the past two seasons with the 49ers and has a long association with Erickson.
Yarber coached the 49ers' wide receivers in 2003 and 2004, including Pro Bowler Terrell Owens, who totaled more than 1,000 receiving yards during both of those seasons. Yarber played an integral part in the development of rookie WR Brandon Lloyd, who led the team with a 15.1-yard average per catch.
Yarber was a member of the Oregon State staff from 1999-2002. He coached the receivers for three seasons after switching from running backs coach following the 1999 season. During Yarber's tenure, the Beavers sent two receivers to the NFL in 2000, as Chad Johnson was a second-round selection of Cincinnati and T.J. Houshmandzadeh was the seventh-round pick of the Bengals.
Yarber's coaching career began at his alma mater, Idaho, as secondary coach in 1996. He spent one season at Idaho before joining the staff at UNLV as receivers coach. Erickson brought Yarber to the NFL ranks as offensive quality control coach for the Seattle Seahawks in 1998.
A 12th-round draft pick out of Idaho by Washington in the 1986 NFL Draft, Yarber spent three seasons with the Redskins as a wide receiver and kick returner. He was a member of Washington's Super Bowl XXII championship team in 1988.
Yarber played for Erickson at Idaho (1984-85) and was a Kodak All-American and the Big Sky Conference Most Valauble Player as a senior after catching 75 passes for 1,103 yards. As a junior, he finished 10th in the nation in punt returns and third in the conference with 817 yards receiving on 54 catches.
He graduated from Idaho with a bachelor's degree in general studies with an emphasis in criminal justice in 1985.
The 40-year-old native of Chicago has one son, Robert.
Miles spent the past three years at Notre Dame as the Fighting Irish wide receivers coach.
Prior to coming to Notre Dame, Miles worked under Irish head coach Tyrone Willingham for one season at Stanford. That season Miles had the opportunity to coach some of the nation's finest receivers including Luke Powell (whose 22.3-yard average per catch set a school record) and Teyo Johnson (the 2001 Pacific-10 Co-Freshman of the Year and a second-round draft pick of the Oakland Raiders in 2003).
Miles spent the 2000 campaign with the Green Bay Packers as an offensive assistant, working with the wide receivers and as a quality control coach. During his tenure with the Packers, he coached NFL all-pro receiver Antonio Freeman.
Miles has 17 years of coaching experience on the collegiate level. He was the wide receivers coach at Fresno State for three years (1997-99), producing some of the greatest receivers in Bulldogs' history. In 1999 Two of his receivers, Rodney Wright and Charles Smith, combined to produce more than 1,600 yards and 14 touchdowns on 120 receptions. Their production helped the Bulldogs to a share of the Western Athletic Conference championship and a berth in the Las Vegas Bowl.
Throughout his career, Miles has coached on both sides of the ball including wide receivers, defensive backs and linebackers. Miles began his coaching career at Indiana State (his alma mater) in 1987, tutoring the wide receivers and defensive backs as a graduate assistant. Another graduate assistant position followed at New Mexico (1988-89), where he worked with the receivers and linebackers. Miles then moved on to Oklahoma in 1990, working with the wide receivers as a graduate assistant.
Following four seasons as an assistant at Northern Illinois (1991-93 as receivers coach, 1994 with defensive backs), the Terre Haute, Ind., native then headed west to Hawaii for two seasons (1995-96), where he spent a season each with the wide receivers and defensive backs.
Miles earlier had been a wide receiver at Indiana State (1982-86), where his 1983 and 1984 squads each won nine games and advanced to the NCAA Division 1-AA playoffs. The 1984 Sycamores were ranked No. 1 in the nation for most of the season. That team was inducted into the Indiana State University Hall of Fame on Sept. 7, 2002.
Miles earned a bachelor's degree in criminal justice from Indiana State in 1987. He was born July 29, 1963, in Terre Haute, Ind. Miles married the former Bridget Hogan on July 10, 2004.