Paul Wulff

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Paul Wulff
Paul Wulff in 2009.jpg
Wulff in 2009
Sport(s) Football
Current position
Title Offensive coordinator
Offensive line coach
Team South Florida
Conference The American
Biographical details
Born (1967-02-25) February 25, 1967 (age 47)
Woodland, California
Alma mater Washington State University
Playing career
Washington State
Raleigh–Durham Skyhawks
New York/New Jersey Knights
Position(s) Center
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
Eastern Washington (VA)
Eastern Washington (OL)
Eastern Washington (OC/OL)
Eastern Washington
Washington State
San Francisco 49ers (OA)
South Florida (OC/OL)
Head coaching record
Overall 62–80
College Football Data Warehouse
Accomplishments and honors
2 Big Sky (2004, 2005)
3× Big Sky Coach of the Year (2001, 2004, 2005)

Paul Louis Wulff (born February 25, 1967) is an American football coach and former player. He is currently the offensive coordinator and offensive line coach at the University of South Florida (USF), a position he has held since January 2014. Wulff served as the head football coach at Eastern Washington University (EWU) from 2000 to 2007, and Washington State University (WSU) from 2007 to 2011, compiling an overall college football record of 62 wins and 80 losses. As a student-athlete, he played on the offensive line at WSU during the late 1980s, earning honorable mention All-America honors following his senior season.

Early life and playing career[edit]

A native of Woodland, California, Wulff graduated from Davis Senior High School in Davis, California in 1985. He redshirted his first year at Washington State before starting four games at guard as a redshirt freshman in 1986. He played on the offensive line from 1986 to 1989 under three different head coaches: Jim Walden, Dennis Erickson, and Mike Price.

Following his graduation, Wulff signed as an undrafted free agent with the New York Jets of the National Football League (NFL), but was released during the preseason.[1][2] During the spring of 1991, he played for the Raleigh–Durham Skyhawks in the newly created World League of American Football (WLAF). The team went winless (0–10) in its inaugural season and was folded. Wulff continued to play for another season in the league with the New York/New Jersey Knights, before ending his active career.

Coaching career[edit]

Wulff began his coaching career as a volunteer assistant coach at Eastern Washington University in Cheney in 1993. He was promoted by incoming head coach Mike Kramer to a full-time position the following year. After serving the next four seasons as the Eagles offensive line coach, Wulff added offensive coordinator duties in 1998. When Kramer departed for Montana State after the 1999 season, the school named Wulff his successor. During his eight-year tenure as EWU's head coach, Wulff compiled an overall record of 53 wins and 40 losses. The Eagles won two Big Sky Conference co-championships (2004, 2005) and appeared three times in the NCAA Division I FCS playoffs. Wulff earned Big Sky Coach of the Year honors in 2001, 2004, and 2005.

Wulff returned to his alma mater on December 10, 2007, when he was named the 31st head coach in Washington State's football history. After compiling a 9–40 record during his tenure at WSU, in which the team never had a winning season, he was fired on November 29, 2011.[3] Wulff achieved the lowest winning percentage (.184) in school history.[4]

In May 2012, Wulff joined former Pac-10 Conference foe Jim Harbaugh as an offensive assistant with the San Francisco 49ers, with multiple duties on that side of the ball. After two seasons in that capacity, he was hired as the offensive coordinator and offensive line coach at the University of South Florida in Tampa.[5]

Head coaching record[edit]

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs
Eastern Washington Eagles (Big Sky Conference) (2000–2007)
2000 Eastern Washington 6–5 5–2 5th
2001 Eastern Washington 7–4 3–4 5th
2002 Eastern Washington 6–5 3–4 4th
2003 Eastern Washington 6–5 3–4 6th
2004 Eastern Washington 9–4 6–1 T–1st L NCAA Dvision I-AA Quarterfinal
2005 Eastern Washington 7–5 5–2 T–1st L NCAA Dvision I-AA First Round
2006 Eastern Washington 3–8 2–5 T–6th
2007 Eastern Washington 9–4 5–2 2nd L NCAA Dvision I Quarterfinal
Eastern Washington: 53–40 32–24
Washington State Cougars (Pacific-10/Pacific-12 Conference) (2008–2011)
2008 Washington State 2–11 1–8 9th
2009 Washington State 1–11 0–9 10th
2010 Washington State 2–10 1–8 10th
2011 Washington State 4–8 2–7 6th (North)
Washington State: 9–40 4–32
Total: 62–80
      National championship         Conference title         Conference division title


  1. ^ Harvin, Al (May 11, 1990). "Jets Sign Rookie Center". The New York Times (Manhattan, New York). Retrieved August 9, 2014. 
  2. ^ Harvin, Al (August 22, 1990). "Jets Report No Progress With 3 Unsigned Players". The New York Times (Manhattan, New York). Retrieved August 9, 2014. 
  3. ^ "Washington State fires Paul Wulff". November 29, 2011. Retrieved August 9, 2014. 
  4. ^ "2010 Washington State Football Media Guide". Washington State University. p. 142. Retrieved September 9, 2011. 
  5. ^ Associated Press (January 10, 2014). "USF hires Paul Wulff as offensive coordinator". The New York Times (Manhattan, New York). Retrieved August 9, 2014. 

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