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April 21, 2009 at 8:42 AM

A look back at last year’s staff

In case you missed it, I had this story today updating what happened to last year’s UW coaching staff.
Seven of the nine assistant coaches landed jobs in either D-I or the NFL, rebounding nicely from the 0-12 season and subsequent firing of the entire staff.
And to a man, they have moved on, for the most part saying little about what caused the ills of a year ago.
“That’s all in the past, in the rearview mirror, and I’m just looking forward to being here a long time now with these players and coaches,” said Chris Tormey, now at Hawaii, where as the story details, his life isn’t so bad, living in the 34th floor of a condo overlooking the ocean — a setup that was arranged with the help of a friend made during his UW days.
At least two of the former coaches have kids who still are students at UW — Tormey’s daughter, Leah, is a freshman at UW and is going to stay; and Tim Lappano’s son, Taylor, remains a walk-on safety for the Huskies, No. 42.
Taylor Lappano, a redshirt freshman, said it wasn’t a hard decision to stay on the UW roster.
“I wanted to go to school here and get a good education and play football,” said Lappano, who played at Eastlake High. “I played football all my life and I wanted to keep doing it here.”
Lappano said his father was fine with his decision. “He supported it,” Lappano said. “He said I’d get a great education here and these guys are good coaches and to stick with it. I’ve never been a quitter and I wanted to keep with it my whole time here.”
Tim Lappano has moved to the Detroit area where he has an apartment but for now, the rest of his family is staying in the Seattle area.
Taylor Lappano admitted having his dad coach him was a factor in his initial decision to walk-on at UW as opposed to going to a lower-division school where he might have had a clearer path to playing time. The firing, he said, was hard at first. “But after about a week or so you get used to it and you have winter workouts and all that and you just get back in the swing of things,” he said.

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