Wulff officially named offensive coordinator
TAMPA -- As expected, USF formally announced the hiring of San Francisco 49ers senior offensive assistant Paul Wulff as its new offensive coordinator late Friday afternoon.
A former head coach at Washingon State (2008-11) and Eastern Washington (2000-07), Wulff, 46, replaces Walt Wells, dismissed last week with passing game coordinator/quarterbacks coach Nick Sheridan.
According to a statement released by USF, Wulff will begin work immediately while continuing his duties with the 49ers through the playoffs. A former all-Pac 10 center at Washington State, he'll double as offensive line coach -- same as Wells.
Coach Willie Taggart called the plays last season, when USF managed a Division I-low 11 offensive touchdowns, and said last month he'll continue to do so.
"(Wulff) was an overachiever and technician," former WSU coach Dennis Erickson, one of three Cougars coach for whom Wulff played in his career, said in the USF statement. "He has a great offensive mind. He gets along extremely well with his players and is a great recruiter."
Taggart, a protege of 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh, said in the statement that Wulff's two seasons with Harbaugh give him a "good understanding" of the Bulls' play-action, power-offense philosophy.
"Paul has great experience at the Division I level in a leadership role and was a standout offensive lineman with a proven ability to develop strong offensive lines," Taggart said.
Though 9-40 in four seasons at his alma mater, the Cougars' offensive production improved each season. In 2011, WSU ranked ninth in Division I in passing offense (322.25 yards per game).
Prior to that, he amassed a 53-40 record in eight seasons at Eastern Washington, winning a share of two Big Sky Conference titles and reaching the Division I-AA playoffs three times.
One of his EWU quarterbacks, Erik Meyer, earned the Walter Payton Award in 2005 as the top offensive player in Division I-AA, and set a I-AA record for pass-efficiency rating (166.47).
Receiver Eric Kimble finished with 46 career TD catches, second in I-AA history behind Jerry Rice.
Together, Meyer and Kimble set 27 school records.
"Coach Wulff is a great coach, fine person and a good friend who has the respect and appreciation of all with the San Francisco 49ers organization," Harbaugh said in the statement released by USF.
"Coach Taggart and the USF family are never far from our thoughts. Go Bulls!"