Jerry Rhome, a Redskins assistant coach for five seasons, was named offensive coordinator of the San Diego Chargers yesterday.

Rhome, 45, who has coached in the National Football League for 12 years, was quarterbacks coach with the Redskins, joining the team when assistant Dan Henning left to become head coach of the Atlanta Falcons. Before joining the Redskins, he spent seven seasons with the Seattle Seahawks, five of them as offensive coordinator.

"I'm excited about taking the job with San Diego," Rhome said last night from Tulsa, Okla., where he is attending his daughter's wedding. "I think they are an up-and-coming team and I feel honored that they felt I could help them {become winners}.

"The thing I regret the most is leaving the Redskins. They're on top right now and it's kind of sad to leave. But I've got an opportunity here to run an offense and to go on with my career. I've enjoyed working with {Redskins Coach} Joe Gibbs and {General Manager} Bobby Beathard and working for a man like Mr. {Jack Kent} Cooke. They are a class organization and being there has taught me a lot. I'm really sad to leave."

Said Gibbs: "We have mixed feelings. On the one hand we think the world of Jerry, and the work he's done with Jay {Schroeder}, Doug {Williams} and Mark {Rypien}. So our offense will miss him a great deal. On the other hand we're very happy for him. It's a great opportunity with a fine organization."

Rhome's departure marks the second straight season the Redskins have lost an assistant to the Chargers. Special teams coach Wayne Sevier made the same move last season.

In San Diego, Rhome plans to "work hard, and I've got a lot of work ahead of me. Hopefully, we'll be able to put in a system that will be compatible to the players."

Said Beathard: "I think you're upset anytime you lose a quality coach like that. But it's a good step for Jerry and we're all real happy for him."

During an eight-year NFL playing career, Rhome was with Dallas, Cleveland, Houston and the Los Angeles Rams. At Tulsa, he broke 17 NCAA passing records.

The Chargers also hired Jerry Wampfler of the Green Bay Packers as offensive line coach. Wampfler, 55, has been offensive line coach for the Packers since 1984.

"We are excited about adding two of the most exceptional coaches in the NFL to our staff," Chargers Coach Al Saunders said.

"Rhome brings a great deal of expertise and imagination to our offense. His success as a coach has been well documented.

"Wampfler has a reputation throughout the NFL as being one of the outstanding teachers of offensive line play."

Wampfler replaces Ed White as offensive line coach and Rhome replaces Roger Theder. White and Theder resigned at the end of the 1987 season.

Asked about his most vivid memory with Washington, Rhome replied, "I'll never forget that second quarter of the Super Bowl and what those players did. To step out of a really tough situation like that and then just bury {Denver} the way they did. That showed me a lot."