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Mike Faragalli begins his eighth season at Lafayette as the Leopards' offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach. He had served as the offensive coordinator at Bowling Green State University eight of the previous nine seasons before coming to College Hill.
It did not take Faragalli long to make an impact with the Leopards, as he helped implement a passing attack that has ranked either first or second in the Patriot League in five of his first six seasons as offensive coordinator. Four of his student-athletes have earned major Patriot League postseason awards, as tailback Jonathan Hurt closed out his career in 2006 by being named Patriot League Offensive Player of the Year. Joe McCourt achieved the same honor in 2004 after being named Rookie of the Year in 2001. Phil Yarberough was named the 2000 Offensive Player of the Year and quarterback Marko Glavic earned 2000 Rookie of the Year honors.
Glavic and Lafayette's all-time leading receiver John Weyrauch, along with McCourt and quarterback Brad Maurer, flourished in Faragalli's system, rewriting the record books over their four-year careers. Glavic finished his career as both the Patriot League and Lafayette's all-time leader in total offense and passing yards, while Weyrauch set new standards for receptions in a game and career and receiving yards in a career. Maurer won three Patriot League championships and graduated in 2006 as the all-time leader in passing efficiency. McCourt finished as the school and Patriot League record holder with 50 rushing touchdowns, was second with 4,474 rushing yards and fourth in career receptions.
Faragalli sandwiched two four-year stints as the offensive coordinator at Bowling Green around one season as the head coach of the Canadian Football League's Toronto Argonauts in 1995. Faragalli has a wealth of CFL experience, serving as the offensive coordinator with three different clubs from 1985-1990.
Faragalli guided an explosive offensive attack at Bowling Green. The Falcons led the Mid-American Conference in scoring offense in four of his eight seasons and never ranked lower than third in total offense. He played a significant role in the development of Bowling Green quarterbacks Erik White, the conference MVP in 1991 and 1992, and Ryan Henry, fourth on the MAC list with 46 career touchdown passes.
Under Faragalli's guidance, Bowling Green ranked 13th in the nation in rushing offense and led the MAC in scoring offense in the 1998 season. He helped lead the Falcons to two bowl championships--the California Raisin Bowl in 1991 and the Las Vegas Bowl in 1992. Both seasons, Bowling Green captured the MAC title.
Prior to his tenure at Bowling Green, Faragalli spent three seasons as the offensive coordinator at Edmonton in the CFL under his father, Joe. Edmonton advanced to the Western Conference title game in each of Faragalli's three seasons. He also played a role in the development of quarterback Tracy Ham, the CFL Most Valuable Player in
1989, helping lead the Eskimos to the Grey Cup. The Philadelphia, Pa. native also served as the offensive coordinator for one season in Montreal and two in Hamilton. While with Hamilton, he helped lead the Tiger-Cats to the Eastern Conference Championship and an appearance in the Grey Cup game both seasons.
Faragalli began his coaching career at the University of Rhode Island in 1979 and later coached at University of Wisconsin-Madison and the College of William and Mary. He coached the receivers during each of those three stints. A 1980 graduate of Rhode Island with a bachelor of arts degree in secondary education, Faragalli played defensive back for the Rams' football team.
Faragalli and his wife, Kathy, reside in Nazareth, Pa., with their four children, Joseph, Phillip, Theresa, and Laura.
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