Jordan Paopao returns for his fifth season as the Huskies’ tights coach in 2017. He was named to that position in January of 2013 after having served the previous two seasons as a graduate assistant at Washington, a role in which he also oversaw the tight ends.
Paopao has helped coach a Husky offense that broke numerous records in 2016, as the Huskies went 12-2, won the Pac-12 Conference and earned a spot in the College Football Playoff. The Huskies set school records for touchdowns (77) and points (585), smashing in the old marks in both cases. UW was first in the Pac-12 and eighth in the conference in scoring (41.8 points, 0.1 shy of the Huskies’ 1991 school record). Two Husky tight ends, Darrell Daniels and Drew Sample, earned honorable mention All-Pac-12.
In his two years as a G.A., Paopao mentored, among others, UW tight end Austin Seferian-Jenkins, who has broken nearly every UW single-season and career-record for the position his two-year career. Seferian-Jenkins now holds the school mark for season (69) and career (110) receptions; season (850) and career (1,388) yards; and career (13) touchdowns by a tight end.
Paopao came to the UW 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.
Paopao, who prepped at El Camino High in Oceanside, Calif., is the son of former UCLA football player Tony Paopao and the nephew of former standout BC Lions quarterback Joe Paopao. Jordan earned a bachelor’s degree in accountancy from USD in 2008.
• 2013-2017 – Washington – Tight Ends
• 2011-2012 – Washington – Graduate Assistant
• 2010 – Asuza Pacific – Offensive Line/Run Game Coordinator/Recruiting Coordinator
• 2008-2009 – Stanford – Recruiting Assistant