Now in his seventh season with the Brown coaching staff as runningbacks coach, Chris Nappi also became Brown's Recruiting Coordinator in 2013.
Nappi helped develop John Spooney as one of the top runners in Ivy League history. In 2013, Spooner led teh Ivy League in rushing with 130 yards, fifth best in the nation. A finalist for teh Ivy League Offensive Player of the Year, Spooney's 1,170 rushing yards rank fifth in the Brown record book.
He did an outstanding job of navigating through a series of injuries at the running back position in 2012, where the Bears dropped to the fifth man on their depth chart, Jordan Reisner, who stepped in and ran for 193 yards and two TD's against Cornell and was named the New England Player of the Week, before being injured himself.
Nappi has developed several Brown running backs into All-Ivy performers. Last year, he helped Mark Kachmer '13 grow into one of the most versatile all-purpose runners in the Ivy League, with Kachmer earning All-Ivy honors. In 2009, Nappi helped develop Zachary Tronti '11 into an All-Ivy tailback, and worked with Spiro Theodhosi '12, who twice ran for 100 or more yards late in the season after Tronti was injured.
A 2005 graduate of Union College, Nappi was a four-year standout and two-year team captain at Union, while leading the Dutchmen to two Liberty Conference Championships. He earned All-Liberty Conference honors as a senior and was a third team All-American.
A defensive back, Nappi went on to coach at Union in 2006 and 2007, working as an assistant coach for the defensive ends and running backs. He was also an assistant baseball coach at Union for one season.
A native of Glenville, New York, Nappi attended Niskayuna High School where he lettered in football, basketball and baseball. He and his wife, Heather, have a daughter, Addison, and reside in Pawtucket, Rhode Island.
All-Ivy Players Coached By Nappi
- 2008 Dereck Knight (Second Team TB)
- 2009 Zachary Tronti (Second Team TB)
- 2010 Mark Kachmer (Honorable Mention RB)
- 2011 Mark Kachmer (Honorable Mention RB)
- 2013 John Spooney (First Team All-Ivy RB; Finalist for Ivy League Offensive Player of the Year)