Lions Mourn Loss of Former Head Coach Vic Rapp

    Rapp was the club’s head coach for six seasons (1977 to 1982) and was 53-39-4 during his time with the Leos.

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    Vic Rapp has passed away in Florida at the age of 80
    Vic Rapp has passed away in Florida at the age of 80

    (Vancouver) The BC Lions Football Club is saddened to report that former head coach Vic Rapp has passed away in Florida at the age of 80.

    Rapp was the club’s head coach for six seasons (1977 to 1982) and was 53-39-4 during his time with the Leos.

    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

     

    Hired by late Lions president and CEO Bob Ackles, Rapp came to the Lions after a five-year stay in Edmonton as offensive coordinator and was the CFL’s Coach of the Year in 1977 after leading the team to a 10-6 record and an appearance in the West Final.

    He was inducted onto the BC Lions Wall of Fame in 2010.

    In addition to his CFL coaching stops in Edmonton and BC, Rapp also served in the NFL with the Houston Oilers, Los Angeles Rams, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Detroit Lions, Chicago Bears and Arizona Cardinals.

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