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Mike Faragalli is the former running backs coach at the University of Virginia. He was the Offensive Coordinator and Quarterbacks coach at the University of Richmond. He is also a former head coach of the Toronto Argonauts.

Faragalli played defensive back for the University of Rhode Island Rams from 1975-1978 Faragalli began his coaching career as a graduate assistant and later wide receivers coach at the University of Rhode Island in 1979. He held the same position as Receiver's coach with the Wisconsin Badgers and at the College of William and Mary.

In 1985 he was hired by the Hamilton to serve as Al Bruno's offensive coordinator at the age of 26, losing the Grey Cup in his first season and winning it the following season. In 1987 he moved to Montreal to serve as offensive coordinator under his father Joe, however the team folded before the season began. In 1988 Faragalli rejoined his dad, now coach of the Edmonton Eskimos as offensive coordinator. In his three seasons in Edmonton the team advanced to the Western Conference title game each season and lead the Eskimos to a 50-11 Grey Cup loss in 1990. He also helped develop quarterback Tracy Ham, who was the CFL Most Outstanding Player in 1989.

From 1991-1994 and 1996–1999, Faragalli guided the offensive attack at Bowling Green. The Falcons led the Mid-American Conference in scoring offense in four of his eight seasons and ranked 13th in the nation in rushing offense in the 1998. He helped lead the team to two bowl championships, the California Raisin Bowl in 1991 and the Las Vegas Bowl in 1992.

In 1995 Faragalli was hired to coach the Toronto Argonauts. His contract was terminated by GM Bob O'Billovich, in order for O'Billovich to again take control of the Head Coach position. This was in part due to the Argonauts being on the verge of folding. At season's end, Faragalli returned to Bowling Green for the latter of his two stints as Offensive Coordinator.

In 2000 Faragalli was hired by Lafayette as offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach. Faragalli's passing offense has ranked either first or second in the Patriot League in five of his first six seasons.

On February 5, 2008 Faragalli was named Offensive Coordinator/QB Coach for the Richmond Spiders football team.[1] The Spiders went for 13-3 during the 2008 season, which set a record for the most won games in a season. Richmond went on to the playoffs and then to the Division I National Championship game on December 19, 2008 in Chattanooga, Tennessee. They beat the Montana Grizzlies 24-7, winning Richmond's first National Championship in any sport.

As of December 6, 2009 Faragalli and the Richmond Spiders ended their season with a Quarterfinals loss to Appalachain State 34-31. The Spiders had a record season posting an 11-1 regular season record, while adding a 12th victory in the opening round of the playoffs.


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