December 23, 1929|
Marionville, Missouri, U.S.
|Died:||October 24, 2016
Orlando, Florida, U.S.
|College||Southwest Missouri State University|
|1995||Philadelphia Eagles (Scout)|
|1967–1971||Missouri (Ends coach)|
|1972–1976||Edmonton Eskimos (OC)|
|1977–1982||BC Lions (HC)|
|1983||Houston Oilers (ST coach)|
|1984||Los Angeles Rams (WR coach)|
|1985–1986||Tampa Bay Buccaneers (RB coach)|
|1987–1988||Detroit Lions (RB coach)|
|1989–1993||Chicago Bears (WR coach)|
|1996–2000||Arizona Cardinals (WR coach)|
|Career highlights and awards|
1x Grey Cup Champion (63rd)
|Awards||Annis Stukus Trophy (1977)|
|Honors||BC Lions Wall of Fame (2010)|
Rapp was born in 1929 in Marionville, Missouri. A graduate of the University of Missouri, Rapp served as the Tigers end coach from 1967 to 1971. In 1972, he became the offensive coordinator of the Canadian Football League's Edmonton Eskimos. During his tenure in Edmonton, the Eskimos appeared in the Grey Cup four times; winning in 1975. Rapp left Edmonton in 1977 to become the receivers coach at Miami. Less than three weeks after accepting the Miami job, BC Lions general manager Bob Ackles hired Rapp to replace Cal Murphy as Lions head coach.
In his first season as Lions coach, Rapp led the Lions to a 10-6 record and was named the Canadian Football League's Coach of the Year. The Lions made the playoffs three times under Rapp but never advanced past the Western Final. After six seasons in Vancouver without a championship, Ackles felt that Rapp would not be able to lead the Lions to a championship and fired him.
|Team||Year||Regular Season||Post Season|
|BC||1977||10||6||0||.625||2nd in West Division||1||1||Lost in West Final|
|BC||1978||7||7||2||.500||4th in West Division||0||0||Missed Playoffs|
|BC||1979||9||6||1||.600||3rd in West Division||0||1||Lost in West Semifinal|
|BC||1980||8||7||1||.533||4th in West Division||0||0||Missed Playoffs|
|BC||1981||10||6||0||.625||3rd in West Division||1||1||Lost in West Final|
|BC||1982||9||7||0||.563||4th in West Division||0||0||Missed Playoffs|
After his firing, Rapp served as an assistant with the Houston Oilers, Los Angeles Rams, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Detroit Lions, Chicago Bears, and Arizona Cardinals. He spent one season as a scout for the Philadelphia Eagles.
- "Browns' Mack Pleads Guilty To Cocaine Use". St. Louis Post-Dispatch. August 31, 1989.
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- "Lou Saban completes his coaching staff". Boca Raton News. January 7, 1977. Retrieved 2011-01-01.
- Lyndon Little (July 16, 2010). "Former Lions coach Vic Rapp reflects upon Wall of Fame induction". Vancouver Sun. Retrieved 2011-01-01.
- "Cardinals Hire Fassel as Offensive Coordinator". St. Louis Post-Dispatch. February 12, 1996.
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