Three-time Big Sky Conference Coach of the Year Paul Wulff was hired as Sacramento State's assistant head coach, run game coordinator and offensive line coach in February 2016.
Wulff made an immediate impact for the Hornets during his first season as the team's running backs averaged 5.2 yards per carry behind his offensive line. The unit was led by tackle Jonathan Bade who earned honorable mention all-Big Sky honors. Bade started every game at left tackle and was joined in the lineup by Nick Bianco, Lake Aiono and Ivan Espiritu in all 11 contests.
Sacramento State made another big jump in 2017. The Hornets rushed for 225.8 yards per game while averaging 5.0 yards per carry. The offensive line had stability as four players started all five games and a fifth had 10 starts. Following the year, guard Lake Aiono was named to the Big Sky second team, tackle Jonathan Bade earned third team honors and guard Wyatt Ming was honorable mention.
Wulff played collegiately at Washington State and began his coaching career as an assistant at Eastern Washington in 1993. He was elevated to offensive coordinator in 1998 and became the Eagles' head coach in 2000. In his eight years at the helm, Wulff guided EWU to a 53-40 overall record, a share of two Big Sky championships and three NCAA FCS playoff berths. He was named the Big Sky Coach of the Year following the 2001, 2004 and 2005 seasons and was a finalist for National Coach of the Year in 2004 and 2007.
Wulff coached 23 players to FCS All-America honors, including 15 offensive lineman. His teams also featured quarterback Erik Meyer who was the Big Sky Offensive Player of the Year, the Walter Payton Award winner and set the FCS record for pass efficiency. Wulff's offensive line was highlighted by Michael Roos who was an All-American for EWU before a long NFL career with the Tennessee Titans.
The success at Eastern Washington led to Wulff earning the head coaching job at Washington State in 2008. In his four seasons, the Cougars' offense improved its production each year. In 2011, his final year at WSU, Washington State ranked ninth in the FBS is passing offense (322.25 yards per game) and 33rd in total offense (422.42 ypg). The Cougars were the only team in Div. I to improve in total offense, total defense, offensive scoring and defensive scoring from 2010 to 2011.
Wulff joined Jim Harbaugh's staff with the San Francisco 49ers in 2012 as a senior offensive assistant. The 49ers advanced to Super Bowl XLVII during his first season and made a trip to the NFC Championship game the following year.
He returned to college football in 2014 as the offensive coordinator and offensive line coach at South Florida. This past season, he was an offensive consultant at Iowa State for the final five games of 2015.
A native of Woodland, Calif., Wulff graduated from Davis High School before heading to Washington State. With the Cougars, he was a four-year letterman and earned second team all-Pac 10 and honorable mention All-American honors as a center in 1989.
He signed with the New York Jets as an undrafted free agent in 1990 and went on to play for the Raleigh-Durham Skyhawks and the New York/New Jersey Knights of the NFL World League.
He and his wife, Sherry, are the parents to three children (Katie, Max and Sam).
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