Chaney and Lappano to Serve as Football Co-Offensive Coordinators

Duo came to Purdue with Tiller from Wyoming in December of 1996.

Feb. 5, 1998

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Purdue head football coach Joe Tiller has announced that Jim Chaney and Tim Lappano will serve as co-offensive coordinators. The pair of second-year assistant coaches at Purdue unofficially served in that capacity in 1997, following the July death of previous offensive coordinator Larry Korpitz who lost a battle with cancer.

Chaney is one of the Boilermakers' two offensive line coaches, and also coordinates the team's recruiting efforts. Lappano is in charge of the receivers. Both have previous experience as offensive coordinators: Chaney at Cal State Fullerton from 1984-87 and 1989-92, and Lappano at Washington State from 1987-91.

Together, they helped Purdue rank as one of the nation's most prolific offenses in 1997. The Boilers led the Big Ten Conference in passing and total offense, while ranking seventh in the NCAA in total offense, 13th in passing and 22nd in scoring. They set numerous school offensive records, including most points in a season.

Chaney and Lappano came to Purdue with Tiller from Wyoming in December of 1996. The Cowboys led the country in passing offense and were ranked third in total offense and ninth in scoring offense in 1996.

"Jim and Tim are very deserving of this recognition," Tiller said. "They did an outstanding job this past season. Our entire coaching staff works very well together, relates well to our players and is a major reason for our success."