Tim Lappano

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Tim Lappano
Sport(s) Football
Current position
Title Interim head coach
Team Georgia State
Conference Sun Belt
Biographical details
Born 1957 (age 58–59)
Alma mater University of Idaho, 1983
Playing career
19751979 Idaho
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1981 Spokane (WA) Ferris HS (asst.)
1982–1985 Idaho (RB)
1986 Wyoming (RB)
1987–1990 Washington State (RB)
1991 Washington State (OC)
1992–1995 California (AHC/RB)
1996 Wyoming (WR)
1997 Purdue (co-OC/WR)
1998 Seattle Seahawks (RB)
1999–2002 Oregon State (OC/QB)
2003–2004 San Francisco 49ers (RB)
2005–2008 Washington (OC/QB)
2009–2011 Detroit Lions (TE)
2012–2013 Detroit Lions (WR)
2014–2016 Georgia State (WR)
2016–present Georgia State (interim HC)

Tim Lappano is an American football coach, currently the wide receivers coach at Georgia State University in Atlanta. He has coached a variety of positions at both the collegiate and professional levels, most recently coaching Brandon Pettigrew as the tight ends coach and Calvin Johnson as the wide receivers coach of the Detroit Lions through the 2013 season.

Playing career[edit]

From Spokane, Washington, Lappano played high school football at Gonzaga Prep and graduated in 1975.[1][2][3] He set numerous records as a Bullpup and the school retired his number 32.[4]

A running back, he played college football for the Idaho Vandals of the Big Sky Conference from 1975 through 1979, and set a league record for freshman, averaging over eight yards per carry.[4][5] A hamstring injury in prior to his junior year hampered his output in 1977 and he was redshirted under new head coach Jerry Davitch in 1978.[2] Recurring headaches in 1979 limited his playing time as a senior.[4] Lappano graduated from the University of Idaho in Moscow in 1983.

Coaching career[edit]

Lappano's first collegiate coaching position was at his alma mater under head coach Dennis Erickson, whom he followed to Wyoming and back to the Palouse at Washington State and stayed in Pullman under new head coach Mike Price in 1989.[6] When Joe Tiller left to become head coach at Wyoming, Lappano succeeded him as offensive coordinator at WSU in 1991,[7] and guided quarterback Drew Bledsoe and running back Steve Broussard. He left for California under new head coach Keith Gilbertson in 1992, then coached under Tiller for two seasons at Wyoming and Purdue. Lappano later coached under Erickson in the NFL at Seattle and San Francisco and in the Pac-10 at Oregon State. He also worked under Tyrone Willingham for four seasons at Washington in Seattle.


  1. ^ "Tim Lappano Swab choice". Spokane Daily Chronicle. (Washington). November 6, 1974. p. 12. 
  2. ^ a b Killen, John (September 25, 1979). "'Italian Stallion' back in UI stable". Lewiston Morning Tribune. (Idaho). p. 1C. 
  3. ^ "Cochampions dominate Chronicle all-city team". Spokane Daily Chronicle. (Washington). November 16, 1974. p. 10. 
  4. ^ a b c Gerheim, Earl (October 25, 1979). "He rushed through pain". Spokesman-Review. (Spokane, Washington). p. 29. 
  5. ^ Payne, Bob (September 10, 1976). "Idaho goes with Tuttle". Spokesman-Review. (Spokane, Washington). p. 29. 
  6. ^ "Cougars sign Diedrick, retain Lappano". Spokesman-Review. (Spokane, Washington). March 22, 1989. p. D1. 
  7. ^ "Lappano promoted". Idahonian. (Moscow). March 30, 1991. p. 3D. 

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