Offensive Coordinator & Receivers Coach
Paul LaPolice returns in 2018 as the club’s Offensive Coordinator/Receivers Coach, first accepting the position prior to the 2016 season. LaPolice has spent the past two seasons with Winnipeg following a three-year stretch as an analyst with CFL on TSN. He first came to the Bombers in 2002 as Offensive Coordinator, setting 14 franchise marks during his time leading the club’s offence.
The New Hampshire native led one of the league’s most potent offences in 2017, a season in which quarterback Matt Nichols once again set career marks in touchdowns (28), yards (4,472) and completions (411) in his 17 starts. Nichols was the team’s Most Outstanding Player, and the Bombers led the league in scoring for the first time since 2001. The team also recorded 54 touchdowns, the most since 2002, and set a franchise low in offensive turnovers for a second straight year with 28.
The 2017 season also saw the dominance of running back Andrew Harris. Harris finished the season leading the league in rushing (1,035 yards), and set a CFL record for receptions by a running back, leading the entire CFL in passes caught with 105. Harris finished the season with six rushing touchdowns and one receiving score behind one of the league’s most commanding offences.
LaPolice has accumulated 15 years of CFL coaching experience (seven with Winnipeg), and worked in Hamilton and Toronto before joining the Riders in 2007. LaPolice led the Saskatchewan offence to a 2009 Grey Cup berth in his second year as the team’s offensive coordinator, finishing second in offensive scoring and second in touchdowns scored. He was the team’s receivers coach when they won the 2007 Grey Cup, his first season with the Riders.
LaPolice then returned to Winnipeg as Head Coach in 2010 and in his second year, helped manage one of the biggest turnarounds in the league’s history as the Bombers finished first in the East Division for the first time since 2001. LaPolice was named a finalist for the CFL Coach of the Year in 2011, and brought the team to the Grey Cup for the second time in 10 years. He held the position for three seasons, compiling a record of 16 wins in 44 regular season games, a 1-0 playoff record, and the 2011 Grey Cup appearance against the BC Lions.
Before beginning his CFL coaching career, LaPolice broke into coaching at Maine Maritime Academy in 1993. He spent eight seasons in the collegiate coaching ranks, culminating at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute as offensive coordinator, where his offenses broke 21 offensive school records in two seasons and led three championship teams.
Since initially moving to the city in 2011, LaPolice has made Winnipeg his permanent home with his wife Tina and three kids.