Offensive Coordinator & Receivers Coach
Paul LaPolice is in his third stint with the Blue Bombers and second as the offensive coordinator since rejoining the club in 2016.
Under his guidance, the Bombers finished first in offensive points in 2018 (28.2 points per game), first in offensive touchdowns (53), first in rushing yards (134.9 per game) and first in rushing TDs (23) as running back Andrew Harris captured his second consecutive rushing title. The offence managed this success with Matt Nichols missing the first three games of the regular season due to injury, and with rookie Chris Streveler emerging as a solid No. 2 man while becoming the first Bombers QB to rush and for throw for double-digit TD totals since Matt Dunigan in 1993.
The Bombers finished first in overall points scored in both 2018 and 2017, with the club ranking second in offensive points in ’17 at 26.7 points per game, while also leading the Canadian Football League in rushing (101.3 yards per game), field goals (56) and fewest interceptions (10).
The 2017 season saw Nichols set career marks for TD passes (28), passing yards (4,472) and completions (411) in his 17 starts while Harris, in addition to winning the rushing title, set a new CFL record for receptions by a running back with 105 en route to being named the league’s Most Outstanding Canadian.
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.
LaPolice returned to the Bombers as offensive coordinator/receivers coach prior to the 2016 and following a three-year stint as an analyst on CFL on TSN telecast. That season the club began to show immediate improvements on offence, improving from finishing last in offensive points to sixth, and scoring more than a touchdown (7.7) per game from 2015.
LaPolice first came to the Bombers in 2002 as offensive coordinator, setting 14 franchise records over three years, and returned in 2010 to serve as head coach from 2010-12, a stretch that included capturing the 2011 East Division title and taking the squad to the Grey Cup game. That season saw the club enjoy one of the greatest turnarounds in CFL history, as the club went from 4-14 to 10-8 and a berth in the Grey Cup. He was also named a finalist for the CFL Coach of the Year Award.
The New Hampshire native has accumulated 16 years of CFL coaching experience (eight 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.
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 moving to the city in 2011, LaPolice, his wife Tina and their three children have made Winnipeg their permanent home.