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.

Joe Faragalli
Born:(1929-04-18)April 18, 1929
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Died:April 10, 2006(2006-04-10) (aged 76)
Narragansett, Rhode Island
Career information
NFL draft1954 / Round: 12 / Pick: 138
Career history
As coach
1967–1969Winnipeg Blue Bombers (OL)
1970–1972Brown (OL)
1973Marshall (OC)
1975Oklahoma State (OL)
1976Winnipeg Blue Bombers (OL)
1977–1980Edmonton Eskimos (OL)
1981–1983[1]Saskatchewan Roughriders
1984Cincinnati Bengals (WR/QB)
1985Houston Oilers (OC)
1986Buffalo Bills (TE)
1987Montreal Alouettes
1987–1990Edmonton Eskimos
1991Ottawa Rough Riders
1991-1992Montreal Machine (OC)
Career highlights and awards

Coaching careerEdit

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 (despite this, the team narrowly missed the playoffs). Faragalli was replaced by Rueben Berry in 1983 after Saskatchewan got off to a 1-5 start to the season.

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. After departing from the Eskimos in 1990, he served as the offensive co-ordinator for the World League of American Football's Montreal Machine in 1991 and 1992, in between that one season in Ottawa.

During the 1980s and early 1990s, he worked as an assistant coach with the Cincinnati Bengals, Houston Oilers, Buffalo Bills and the WLAF's Montreal Machine. His son Mike also coached in the CFL.

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 recordEdit


Team Year Regular Season Post Season
Won Lost Ties Win % Finish Won Lost Result
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 1983 1 5 0 .167 5th in West Division (fired)
SSK Total 16 21 1 .377 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 11 0 .389 3rd in East Division 0 1 Lost in Division Semi-Finals
OTT Total 7 11 0 .389 0 East Division
0 1 0 Grey Cups
Total 68 56 1 .571 2 West Division
5 4 1 Grey Cup'


  1. ^ Wikipedia and cflapedia