February 28, 1938|
Dawmont, West Virginia
|Died||December 9, 2009
|Coaching career (HC unless noted)|
Boston University (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 (February 28, 1938 in Dawmont, West Virginia – December 2, 2009 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania ) 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. 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. 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. Fazio died on December 2, 2009 at the age of 71, as the result of a long bout with leukemia. He was survived by his wife and two children, Kristen and Vincent.
Head coaching record
|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|
|National championship Conference title Conference division title|
|#Rankings from final Coaches' Poll.
°Rankings from final AP Poll.
- Majors, Dan; Sanserino, Michael (December 3, 2009). "Obituary: Serafino Dante 'Foge' Fazio / Head football coach at Pitt for 4 years in '80s". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Retrieved December 3, 2009.
- Legacy.com Obit accessed 3 December 2009
- "Fazio Joins Notre Dame". New York Times. December 27, 1985. Retrieved July 16, 2006.
- "Meet Foge Fazio". Cleveland Browns Official Web Site. Retrieved July 16, 2006.[dead link]
- Harlan, Chris (December 3, 2009). "Former Pitt coach Foge Fazio dies at 71". Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. Retrieved December 3, 2009.
- "Former Pitt coach Fazio, 71, dies". Sports Illustrated. Associated Press. December 2, 2009. Retrieved December 3, 2009.[dead link]
A. J. Christoff
|Notre Dame Fighting Irish Defensive coordinator
|Minnesota Vikings Defensive Coordinator
|Cleveland Browns Defensive Coordinator
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