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Vic Rapp
Career information
College: Southwest Missouri State College
 As administrator:
1995 Philadelphia Eagles (Scout)
 As coach:
Missouri (Ends coach)
Edmonton Eskimos (OC)
BC Lions (HC)
Houston Oilers (ST coach)
Los Angeles Rams (WR coach)
Tampa Bay Buccaneers (RB coach)
Detroit Lions (RB coach)
Chicago Bears (WR coach)
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)

Vic Rapp is a former American and Canadian football coach who served as the head coach of the BC Lions from 1977–1982.

Early career

A graduate of the University of Missouri, Rapp served as the Tigers End coach from 1967-71.[1] In 1972, he became the offensive coordinator of the Canadian Football League's Edmonton Eskimos.[2] 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.[3] 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.

BC Lions

In his first season as Lions coach, Rapp lead the Lions to a 10-6 record and was named the Canadian Football League's Coach of the Year.[2] The Lions made the playoffs three times under Rapp, but never advanced past the Western Final. After six season in Vancouver without a championship, Ackles felt that Rapp would not be able to lead the Lions to a championship and fired him.[4]

Coaching record

Team Year Regular Season Post Season
Won Lost Ties Win % Finish Won Lost Result
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
Total 53 39 4 .576 2 3

Later career

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.[4] He spent one season as a scout for the Philadelphia Eagles.[5]

Rapp is currently retired and resides in Orlando, Florida.[4]


  1. "Browns' Mack Pleads Guilty To Cocaine Use". St. Louis Post-Dispatch. August 31, 1989.
  2. 2.0 2.1 The Associated Press (January 28, 1978). "Sports Shorts". The Argus-Press.,2308953&dq. Retrieved 2011-01-01.
  3. "Lou Saban completes his coaching staff". Boca Raton News. January 7, 1977.,893321&dq. Retrieved 2011-01-01.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 Lyndon Little (July 16, 2010). "Former Lions coach Vic Rapp reflects upon Wall of Fame induction". Vancouver Sun. Retrieved 2011-01-01.
  5. "Cardinals Hire Fassel as Offensive Coordinator". St. Louis Post-Dispatch. February 12, 1996.