Former Eagle to coach Woodrow Wilson

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Former Eagles fullback Thomas Tapeh will be taking over as the head football coach at Woodrow Wilson High. (Tom Mihalek/AP file photo)

Thomas Tapeh, who played fullback for three seasons with the Eagles, has been named the new head football coach at Woodrow Wilson in Camden.

The 32-year-old Tapeh replaced Chris Crowley, who resigned after the season.

“I’m very excited for this opportunity,” Tapeh said.

A 2004 fifth round draft choice of the Eagles from the University of Minnesota, Tapeh played for the Birds in 2004, 2006 and 2007. He missed the 2005 season due to a dislocated hip injury that he suffered late in the 2004 season.

Tapeh appeared in two games for the Minnesota Vikings during his final NFL season in 2008.

He takes over a Wilson team that went 7-4 last season and won an opening round South Jersey Group 3 playoff game. The Tigers have suffered many key losses to graduation and Tapeh will inherit a relatively inexperienced team.

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