A 2006 graduate of Bethany College, Tapley began his coaching career at Royal Valley High School as the offensive and defensive line coach. As an assistant at Bethany College he was the linebacker coach for the 2004 team that ranked in the top 25 in several categories. In 2005, Tapley coached the offensive line for the Swedes. In 2009 he joined the semi-professional Carolina Eagles as the offensive line coach and helped guide them to a second place finish in the Central Carolina Football League.
Tapley joined the Topeka West High School staff in 2011 as defensive coordinator. In 2012 he coached linebackers, offensive line and was the special teams coordinator for Kestrel Heights School in Durham, N.C.
A native of Holton, Kan., Tapley played offensive line and linebacker at Holton High School. He was recruited by Coach Matsakis and played under him and Jerry Kill as a linebacker at Emporia State University.