Tim Lappano enters his third season as the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Washington in 2007.
Prior to coming to Washington, Lappano spent the previous two seasons as the running backs coach for Dennis Erickson at the San Francisco 49ers. His last college appointment before the UW 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 played high school football at Gonzaga Preparatory School in Spokane, WA, earning All-State honors as a senior.
The 49-year-old Lappano is a native of Spokane. He and his wife, Sandi, have two sons, Taylor and Kyle.
Coach Lappano news and features:
Lappano demands an honest effort - Seattle P-I (Aug. 31, 2005) Lappano sees hope for UW's offense - Seattle P-I (Aug. 13, 2005)
Lappano has his work cut out for him with Huskies - Seattle Times (Feb. 9, 2005)
As expected, Lappano hired as coordinator - Seattle Times (Feb. 6, 2005)
Willingham taps Lappano to lead UW offense - News Tribune (Feb. 5, 2005)