|Date of birth:||April 18, 1929|
|Place of birth:||Philadelphia, Pennsylvania|
|Date of death:||April 10, 2006(aged 76)|
|Place of death:||Narragansett, Rhode Island|
|NFL Draft:||1954 / Round: 12 / Pick: 138|
|Winnipeg Blue Bombers (OL)|
Oklahoma State (OL)
Winnipeg Blue Bombers (OL)
Edmonton Eskimos (OL)
Cincinnati Bengals (WR/QB)
Houston Oilers (OC)
Buffalo Bills (TE)
Ottawa Rough Riders
|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.
Coaching career[edit | edit source]
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.
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.
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[edit | edit source]
CFL[edit | edit source]
|Team||Year||Regular Season||Post Season|
|SSK||1981||9||7||0||.563||4th in West Division||–||–||Missed Playoffs|
|SSK||1982||6||9||1||.406||5th in West Division||–||–||Missed Playoffs|
|SSK Total||15||16||1||.484||0 West Division
|-||-||0 Grey Cups|
|EDM||1987||9||7||0||.563||2nd in West Division||3||0||Won Grey Cup|
|EDM||1988||11||7||0||.611||1st in West Division||0||1||Lost in Division Finals|
|EDM||1989||16||2||0||.889||1st in West Division||0||1||Lost in Division Finals|
|EDM||1990||10||8||0||.556||2nd in West Division||2||1||Lost Grey Cup|
|EDM Total||46||24||0||.657||2 West Division
|5||3||1 Grey Cup|
|OTT||1991||7||7||0||.389||3rd in East Division||0||1||Lost in Division Semi-Finals|
|OTT Total||7||7||0||.389||0 East Division
|0||1||0 Grey Cups|
|Total||68||51||1||.571||2 West Division
|5||4||1 Grey Cup|
References[edit | edit source]
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