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UW moves Nansen to RB coach, promotes Paopao to TE coach

Post by Todd Dybas / The News Tribune on Jan. 10, 2013 at 2:05 pm with No Comments »
January 10, 2013 2:05 pm

Washington has rounded out its football staff from within.

The Huskies moved Johnny Nansen to running backs coach to fill the hole left by Joel Thomas, who left Washington to take over as the Arkansas running backs coach. In addition, Nansen remains assistant head coach and special teams coordinator.

Washington also promoted Jordan Paopao to tight ends coach. Paopao is a former All-American center at the University of San Diego who had been a graduate assistant working with the tight ends the past two seasons at Washington.

Linebackers coach Peter Sirmon will have the title of “recruiting coordinator” added to his list, taking over that slot from Nansen. Sirmon was heavily involved in recruiting as it was.

Paopao came to Washington from Stanford, where he served as a recruiting assistant under Jim Harbaugh, who coached him during his playing career at the University of San Diego. At USD, Paopao was a three-time, first-team All-Pioneer Football League selection and three-time Mid-Major All-American. He was a four-year starter at center and twice helped the Toreros to a pair of 11-1 seasons.

Between his time at Stanford and the UW, Paopao spent a season as recruiting coordinator, offensive line coach and run game coordinator at Azusa Pacific.

Also, Washington center Drew Schaefer has committed to play in the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl which is Jan. 19 at 3 p.m. on ESPN2.


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