The Orlando Apollos coaching staff is complete as of December 10th. With the announcement of the team’s defensive coordinator, defensive backs, and tight end coaches, the ten-member coaching staff is set to take the field. “Now that we have our full coaching staff in place, it’s time for us to get to work towards bringing the city of Orlando a championship,” Steve Spurrier, head coach of the Apollos said. Spurrier is reunited with former coordinators Bob Sanders and Scott Spurrier, youngest son of the Head Ball Coach, and is joined by Nick Rapone, who carries 41 years of experience to the Apollos sideline.
Bob Sanders, Defensive Coordinator
Sanders is no stranger to coaching under the legendary Steve Spurrier. Of his 39 seasons, Sanders has coached 14 of them alongside Spurrier. Sanders brings valuable NFL experience to the Orlando Apollos coaching staff, coaching for five NFL franchises including the Miami Dolphins (2001-2004), Green Bay Packers (2005-2008), Buffalo Bills (2009-2012), Oakland Raiders (2013-2014), and the Arizona Cardinals (2015-2017), leading the Packers to the NFC Championship game in 2007. Sanders has also moved around a bit at the college level, starting as a part-timer with Georgia Tech in 1978. He then went on to become a full-time coach at East Carolina University (1980–1982), then the University of Richmond (1983-1984), before his two stints with Spurrier at Duke University (1985-1989)and the University of Florida (1990-2000) where he helped the Gator win the 1996 National Championship.
Nick Rapone, Defensive Backs
Another longtime coach, Nick Rapone’s high school, collegiate, and professional experience brings more know-how to the Apollos sideline. Getting a start as a graduate assistant with the University of Pittsburgh in 1979, Rapone then moved to East Tennessee State University (1981-1982) and Temple University (1983-1988) before he returned to Pittsburgh from 1989-1992).
Following the 1992 season, Rapone went on to coach his alma mater, New Castle High School, for two years (1993-1994) before returning to the college level as a defensive coordinator for the University of Connecticut (1995-1998). Rapone would move around again returning to Temple (1999-2005), moving to the University of Delaware (2006-2012) taking the Blue Hens to the national championship in 2007 and 2010. His 2010 season also netted him FootballScoop’s NCAA Division 1 FCS Coordinator of the Year.
Rapone made his NFL debut with the Arizona Cardinals, coaching the defensive backs from 2013-2017. He returned to Delaware to coach cornerbacks for the 2018 season.
Scott Spurrier, Tight Ends
Scott is reunited with his father after spending the last two seasons with the University of South Florida. There he served as the quality control assistant for the Bulls’ offensive unit.
Spurrier also spent eight years with the University of South Carolina Gamecocks that included the 2014 and 2015 seasons in which he served under his father. He stayed as an analyst under Will Muschamp during the 2016 season.
Spurrier earned a degree in sport and entertainment management for South Carolina and was a walk-on wide receiver for the Gamecocks.
The Orlando Apollos kick off on February 9th at 8:00 PM ET at Spectrum Stadium. They will face the Atlanta Legends in an AAF East divisional battle.
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