Joe Faragalli

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Joe Faragalli
Born:(1929-04-18)April 18, 1929
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Died:April 10, 2006(2006-04-10) (aged 76)
Narragansett, Rhode Island
Career information
Position(s) G
College Villanova
NFL draft 1954 / Round: 12 / Pick: 138
Career history
As coach
1967–1969 Winnipeg Blue Bombers (OL)
1970–1972 Brown (OL)
1973 Marshall (OC)
1975 Oklahoma State (OL)
1976 Winnipeg Blue Bombers (OL)
1977–1980 Edmonton Eskimos (OL)
1981–1983 [1] Saskatchewan Roughriders
1984 Cincinnati Bengals (WR/QB)
1985 Houston Oilers (OC)
1986 Buffalo Bills (TE)
1987 Montreal Alouettes
1987–1990 Edmonton Eskimos
1991 Ottawa Rough Riders
1991-1992 Montreal Machine (OC)
Career highlights and awards

Joe Faragalli (April 18, 1929 – April 10, 2006) was a gridiron football player and coach who had most of his success in the Canadian Football League. Faragalli played guard at Villanova University from 1950 to 1953, and was the team captain all four years. He was drafted by the Chicago Bears in the 12th round (138 overall pick) of the 1954 NFL Draft. He served four years in Germany with the United States Army and went on to coach college football in the United States.

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Coaching career

Known affectionately throughout the CFL as "Papa Joe," Faragalli joined the Winnipeg Blue Bombers in 1967 as an offensive coach. In 1981, he became head coach of the Saskatchewan Roughriders and was awarded the Annis Stukus Trophy as Coach of the Year; the team, 2–14 in each of the preceding two seasons, finished with a 9–7 record in 1981 (despite this, the team narrowly missed the playoffs). Faragalli was replaced by Rueben Berry in 1983 after Saskatchewan got off to a 1–5 start to the season.

Faragalli's greatest CFL coaching achievement, in 1987, almost never happened. He began that year as coach of the Montreal Alouettes, but the franchise ceased operations days before the start of the season. After Jackie Parker resigned as Edmonton Eskimos coach two games into the year due to health reasons, Faragalli was hired and led the team to a Grey Cup win against the Toronto Argonauts.

The Eskimos played in the 1990 Grey Cup game under Faragalli, but lost to Winnipeg. He coached the Ottawa Rough Riders in 1991. After departing from the Eskimos in 1990, he served as the offensive co-ordinator for the World League of American Football's Montreal Machine in 1991 and 1992, in between that one season in Ottawa.

During the 1980s and early 1990s, he worked as an assistant coach with the Cincinnati Bengals, Houston Oilers, Buffalo Bills and the WLAF's Montreal Machine. His son Mike also coached in the CFL.

Faragalli died in Narragansett, Rhode Island on April 10, 2006, of heart failure eight days before his 77th birthday and approximately one month before his 50th wedding anniversary.

Head coaching record

CFL

TeamYearRegular SeasonPost Season
WonLostTiesWin %FinishWonLostResult
SSK 1981 970.5634th in West DivisionMissed Playoffs
SSK 1982 691.4065th in West DivisionMissed Playoffs
SSK 1983 150.1675th in West Division(fired)
SSK Total16211.3770 West Division
Championships
--0 Grey Cups
EDM 1987 970.5632nd in West Division30Won Grey Cup
EDM 1988 1170.6111st in West Division01Lost in Division Finals
EDM 1989 1620.8891st in West Division01Lost in Division Finals
EDM 1990 1080.5562nd in West Division21Lost Grey Cup
EDM Total46240.6572 West Division
Championships
531 Grey Cup
OTT 1991 7110.3893rd in East Division01Lost in Division Semi-Finals
OTT Total7110.3890 East Division
Championships
010 Grey Cups
Total68561.5712 West Division
Championships
541 Grey Cup'

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References

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