The school announced Lappe's hiring on its website on Tuesday.
"I feel very fortunate to have Linda join the program," USF head coach Molly Goodenbour said in the announcement. "She is well respected across the country for her work ethic, coaching and teaching efficacy along with her skill at player development and attention to detail. She is a consummate professional and her experience at the Pac-12 level will be an asset to our program."
Lappe, who played for CU from 1998-2003, was the head coach at CU for six seasons before having her contract terminated in March. She had a 105-92 record at CU, leading the Buffs to the NCAA Tournament in 2013. She also guided the Buffs to the Women's NIT three times.
Lappe had three years left on her contract with CU. The total cost for buying out Lappe's deal is $930,566, to be paid monthly through April 2019.
Lappe has never worked with Goodenbour, but USF's executive senior associate athletic director is Joan McDermott, who was the athletic director at Metro State when Lappe coached there from 2007-2010, and that relationship may have played a role.
McDermott was the AD at Cal State East Bay and actually hired Goodenbour as the head coach therein June, but then left for her new position at USF last month. Two weeks after McDermott arrived at USF, Goodenbour was hired by the Dons on Sept.
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