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Joe Paopao
Ottawa Redblacks
Date of birth: (1955-06-30) June 30, 1955 (age 64)
Place of birth: Honolulu, Hawaii
Career information
Position(s): Running Backs Coach
Height: 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Organizations

Joe Paopao (born June 30, 1955) is a former professional Canadian football quarterback and is currently the running backs coach for the Ottawa Redblacks of the Canadian Football League (CFL). Paopao played 11 seasons in the CFL and was a member of the BC Lions, Saskatchewan Roughriders and the Ottawa Rough Riders. He began his coaching career with the BC Lions and has coached with five CFL organizations, including stints as head coach with the BC Lions in 1996 and the Ottawa Renegades from 2002–2005.

Professional playing careerEdit

Paopao began his CFL career as a quarterback for the BC Lions in 1978. He was nicknamed the "Throwin' Samoan" for his great ability to pass, as he led the Lions in passing for the next three seasons and set a CFL record in 1979 for pass completions in a single game. By 1983, he had lost the starting job to Roy Dewalt. In 1984 he signed with the Saskatchewan Roughriders and again led that team in passing. He was traded to the Ottawa Rough Riders in 1987, and the following year to the Winnipeg Blue Bombers. That year, he was named the offensive backfield coach of the BC Lions, thus beginning his CFL coaching career. The next year however, he went back to his old position of quarterback for the Lions, backing up Doug Flutie, in his last season.

Coaching careerEdit

Early CFL coaching career Edit

In 1991, Paopao was made the quarterback coach of the Lions. In 1992 he was promoted to offensive coordinator. Paopao was with the Lions for four seasons to begin his coaching career. Paopao then left to be the offensive coordinator for the Edmonton Eskimos in 1994. In 1996 Paopao returned to BC to be the head coach, but he only managed to win 5 games and lost 13 during his only season as the Lions head coach. Following his first stint as a head coach Paopao was hired by the Bluie Bombers as the teams offensive coordinator, a position which he held for two seasons. He once again returned to the Lions in 1999 and as the offensive coordinator and assistant head coach.

San Francisco Demons Edit

Paopao was hired as the offensive coordinator for the San Francisco Demons of the XFL. The league was operational for only one season, and thus Paopao was once again looking for work.

Ontario Edit

In 2001 Paopao was hired as the head coach of the new Ottawa Renegades franchise where he coached for four seasons from 2002-2005. However, the Renegades struggled, winning only 23 games and losing 49, the team folded following the 2005 season. Paopao was then hired by the Hamilton Tiger-Cats and named offensive coordinator for the 2006 season. He was later relieved of his duties with the Tiger-Cats on August 28, 2006.

University of Waterloo Edit

Paopao joined the University of Waterloo Warriors as the team's offensive coordinator and assistant head coach in 2007, a position he would hold for five years. He was named the team's interim head coach for the 2012 season after Dennis McPhee's resignation,[1][2] and then full-time head coach in February 2013.[3] In two seasons with the Warriors, Paopao had a 3-13 record.

Return to BC Edit

On February 6, 2014, the BC Lions announced Paopao would be re-joining the organization as its receivers coach.[4]

Simon Fraser University Edit

On March 27, 2015 Joe Paopao was named offensive coordinator of the Simon Fraser University Clan football team in the NCAA's Division II Great Northwest Athletic Conference.[5]

Return to Ottawa Edit

On April 15, 2019 he was hired by the Ottawa Redblacks as a running backs coach.[6]

Personal lifeEdit

Paopao is a longtime resident of Oceanside, California. He was added to the BC Lions Wall of Fame in 2007.[7]

CFL coaching recordEdit

Team Year Regular Season Post Season
WonLostTiesWin %Finish Won Lost Result
BC1996 5130.2785th in West Division Missed Playoffs
BC Total 5130.2780 West Division
Championships
000 Grey Cups
OTT2002 4140.2224th in East Division Missed Playoffs
OTT2003 7110.3893rd in East Division Missed Playoffs
OTT2004 5130.2784th in East Division Missed Playoffs
OTT2005 7110.3893rd in East Division Missed Playoffs
OTT Total 23490.3190 East Division
Championships
000 Grey Cups
Total 28620.3110 Division
Championships
000 Grey Cups

CIS coaching recordEdit

Team Year Regular Season Post Season
WonLostTiesWin %Finish Won Lost Result
Waterloo2012 260.2507th in OUA Division Missed Playoffs
Waterloo2013 170.1259th in OUA Division Missed Playoffs
Waterloo Total 3130.1880 OUA Division
Championships
000 Vanier Cups
Total 3130.1880 OUA Division
Championships
000 Vanier Cups

ReferencesEdit

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