Lafayette Names Mike Faragalli Offensive Coordinator
January 13, 2000
EASTON, PA - Lafayette College has named Michael Faragalli the Leopards' new offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach. Faragalli most recently served as the offensive coordinator at NCAA Division I-A Bowling Green State University eight of the past nine seasons.
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. In fact, Faragalli has a wealth of CFL experience, serving as the offensive coordinator with three different clubs from 1985-1990.
"Mike Faragalli has a tremendous coaching background in all areas, with expertise in recruiting and coaching offense, especially the quarterbacks," said Lafayette Director of Athletics Dr. Eve Atkinson. "I believe he is an outstanding addition to the football program and with Head Coach Frank Tavani's leadership, will be the added spark for our offense."
"I am pleased to have been able to hire someone with such an extensive background as an offensive coordinator," said Frank Tavani, who was named Lafayette's head football coach on Dec. 11, 1999. "Most importantly though, his national recruiting experience will be an immediate asset to the Lafayette football program."
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.
"I am excited about the opportunity to coach at a school like Lafayette and to work with Coach Tavani," said Faragalli. "This program is so rich with tradition. I am honored to become a part of that. As a Philadelphia native, it is also exciting to be returning to the area."
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 Mid-American Conference Championship.
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 each season.
He 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, have four children, Joseph, 16, Phillip,
13, Theresa, 10, and Laura, 8.