Foge Fazio
Biographical details
Born(1938-02-28)February 28, 1938
Dawmont, West Virginia
DiedDecember 9, 2009(2009-12-09) (aged 71)
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Playing career
Position(s)Center, linebacker
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
Pittsburgh (GA)
Boston University (assistant)
Harvard (assistant)
Pittsburgh (assistant)
Cincinnati (assistant)
Pittsburgh (assistant)
Notre Dame (assistant)
Atlanta Falcons (assistant)
New York Jets (assistant)
Minnesota Vikings (assistant)
Washington Redskins (assistant)
Cleveland Browns (assistant)
Head coaching record

Serafino Dante "Foge" Fazio[1] (February 28, 1938 in Dawmont, West Virginia – December 2, 2009 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania [2]) was an American former National Football League defensive assistant and college football head coach.

Fazio played linebacker and center at the University of Pittsburgh, and was drafted by the Boston Patriots of the AFL but never played professionally. He returned to Coraopolis, Pennsylvania, where he grew up, to begin his coaching career at the high school level, and eventually moved to the college ranks. He was hired as head coach by his alma mater in 1982, having previously been defensive coordinator, leading the team to a 25-18-3 record in four seasons before being fired. Lou Holtz then hired Foge Fazio to serve as the defensive coordinator at the University of Notre Dame.[3] At the college level, Fazio also coached at Boston University, Harvard University and the University of Cincinnati.

He moved to the NFL, coaching for the Atlanta Falcons and New York Jets before becoming the defensive coordinator of the Minnesota Vikings in 1995. He left the Vikings in 1999 and spent a year as the linebackers coach of the Washington Redskins before his hiring as the defensive coordinator of the Cleveland Browns in 2001.[4] He retired from the Browns in 2003, but was hired as a defensive consultant by Mike Tice of the Vikings in the 2005 season.

Following his retirement from coaching he did color commentary for the radio broadcast of Pitt football games during the 2008 and 2009 seasons.[5] Fazio died on December 2, 2009 at the age of 71, as the result of a long bout with leukemia.[1][6] He was survived by his wife and two children, Kristen and Vincent.

Head coaching record[edit | edit source]

College[edit | edit source]

Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs Coaches# AP°
Pittsburgh Panthers (Division I-A Independent) (1982–1985)
1982 Pittsburgh 9-3 L Cotton Bowl Classic 9 10
1983 Pittsburgh 8-3-1 L Fiesta Bowl 19 18
1984 Pittsburgh 3-7-1
1985 Pittsburgh 5-5-1
Pittsburgh: 25-18-3
Total: 25-18-3
      National championship         Conference title         Conference division title
#Rankings from final Coaches' Poll.
°Rankings from final AP Poll.

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
A. J. Christoff
Notre Dame Fighting Irish Defensive coordinator
Succeeded by
Barry Alvarez
Preceded by
Tony Dungy
Minnesota Vikings Defensive Coordinator
Succeeded by
Emmitt Thomas
Preceded by
Romeo Crennel
Cleveland Browns Defensive Coordinator
Succeeded by
Dave Campo

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