Joe Paopao

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Joe Paopao
Ottawa Redblacks
2019, Coach Joe Paopao.jpg
Paopao before a Redblacks game in 2019.
Born: (1955-06-30) June 30, 1955 (age 64)
Honolulu, Hawaii
Career information
Position(s)QB
Height6 ft 1 in (185 cm)
Weight200 lb (91 kg)
CollegeLong Beach State
Career history
As coach
1989BC Lions (OBC)
1991BC Lions (QC)
19921993BC Lions (OC)
19941995Edmonton Eskimos (OC)
1996BC Lions (HC)
19971998Winnipeg Blue Bombers (OC)
19992000BC Lions (OC)
2001San Francisco Demons (OC)
20022005Ottawa Renegades (HC)
2006Hamilton Tiger-Cats (OC)
20072011Waterloo Warriors (OC)
20122013Waterloo Warriors (HC)
2014BC Lions (RC)
2015–2018Simon Fraser Clan football (OC)
2019–presentOttawa Redblacks (RB, QB)
As player
19781983BC Lions
19841986Saskatchewan Roughriders
1987Ottawa Rough Riders
1990BC Lions

Joe Paopao (born June 30, 1955) is a former professional Canadian football quarterback and is currently the quarterbacks coach for the Ottawa Redblacks of the Canadian Football League (CFL). Paopao played 11 seasons in the CFL and was a member of the BC Lions, Saskatchewan Roughriders and the Ottawa Rough Riders. He began his coaching career with the BC Lions and has coached with five CFL organizations, including stints as head coach with the BC Lions in 1996 and the Ottawa Renegades from 2002–2005.

Professional playing career[edit]

Paopao began his CFL career as a quarterback for the BC Lions in 1978. He was nicknamed the "Throwin' Samoan" for his great ability to pass, as he led the Lions in passing for the next three seasons and set a CFL record in 1979 for pass completions in a single game. By 1983, he had lost the starting job to Roy Dewalt. In 1984 he signed with the Saskatchewan Roughriders and again led that team in passing. He was traded to the Ottawa Rough Riders in 1987, and the following year to the Winnipeg Blue Bombers. That year, he was named the offensive backfield coach of the BC Lions, thus beginning his CFL coaching career. The next year however, he went back to his old position of quarterback for the Lions, backing up Doug Flutie, in his last season.

Coaching career[edit]

Early CFL coaching career[edit]

In 1991, Paopao was made the quarterback coach of the Lions. In 1992 he was promoted to offensive coordinator. Paopao was with the Lions for four seasons to begin his coaching career. Paopao then left to be the offensive coordinator for the Edmonton Eskimos in 1994. In 1996 Paopao returned to BC to be the head coach, but he only managed to win 5 games and lost 13 during his only season as the Lions head coach. Following his first stint as a head coach Paopao was hired by the Bluie Bombers as the teams offensive coordinator, a position which he held for two seasons. He once again returned to the Lions in 1999 and as the offensive coordinator and assistant head coach.

San Francisco Demons[edit]

Paopao was hired as the offensive coordinator for the San Francisco Demons of the XFL. The league was operational for only one season, and thus Paopao was once again looking for work.

Ontario[edit]

In 2001 Paopao was hired as the head coach of the new Ottawa Renegades franchise where he coached for four seasons from 2002-2005. However, the Renegades struggled, winning only 23 games and losing 49, the team folded following the 2005 season. Paopao was then hired by the Hamilton Tiger-Cats and named offensive coordinator for the 2006 season. He was later relieved of his duties with the Tiger-Cats on August 28, 2006.

University of Waterloo[edit]

Paopao joined the University of Waterloo Warriors as the team's offensive coordinator and assistant head coach in 2007, a position he would hold for five years. He was named the team's interim head coach for the 2012 season after Dennis McPhee's resignation,[1][2] and then full-time head coach in February 2013.[3] In two seasons with the Warriors, Paopao had a 3-13 record.

Return to BC[edit]

On February 6, 2014, the BC Lions announced Paopao would be re-joining the organization as its receivers coach.[4]

Simon Fraser University[edit]

On March 27, 2015 Joe Paopao was named offensive coordinator of the Simon Fraser University Clan football team in the NCAA's Division II Great Northwest Athletic Conference.[5]

Return to Ottawa[edit]

On April 15, 2019 Paopao was hired by the Ottawa Redblacks as a running backs coach.[6] Midway through the 2019 season, with the offense sputtering and the team having lost six of their last seven matches, head coach Rick Campbell turned over the role of offensive play-calling to Paopao: His responsibilities with the team also changed from running backs coach to quarterbacks coach.[7]

Personal life[edit]

Paopao is a longtime resident of Oceanside, California. He was added to the BC Lions Wall of Fame in 2007.[8]

CFL coaching record[edit]

Team Year Regular Season Post Season
Won Lost Ties Win % Finish Won Lost Result
BC 1996 5 13 0 .278 5th in West Division Missed Playoffs
BC Total 5 13 0 .278 0 West Division
Championships
0 0 0 Grey Cups
OTT 2002 4 14 0 .222 4th in East Division Missed Playoffs
OTT 2003 7 11 0 .389 3rd in East Division Missed Playoffs
OTT 2004 5 13 0 .278 4th in East Division Missed Playoffs
OTT 2005 7 11 0 .389 3rd in East Division Missed Playoffs
OTT Total 23 49 0 .319 0 East Division
Championships
0 0 0 Grey Cups
Total 28 62 0 .311 0 Division
Championships
0 0 0 Grey Cups

CIS coaching record[edit]

Team Year Regular Season Post Season
Won Lost Ties Win % Finish Won Lost Result
Waterloo 2012 2 6 0 .250 7th in OUA Division Missed Playoffs
Waterloo 2013 1 7 0 .125 9th in OUA Division Missed Playoffs
Waterloo Total 3 13 0 .188 0 OUA Division
Championships
0 0 0 Vanier Cups
Total 3 13 0 .188 0 OUA Division
Championships
0 0 0 Vanier Cups

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on December 25, 2013. Retrieved December 7, 2017.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link) Paopao to serve as interim head coach of Waterloo Warriors
  2. ^ "Waterloo announces Joe Paopao as interim head coach of Warrior football - University of Waterloo". University of Waterloo Warriors - #goblackgogold. Archived from the original on August 27, 2016. Retrieved April 24, 2018.
  3. ^ "Joe Paopao announced as full-time head coach - University of Waterloo". University of Waterloo Warriors - #goblackgogold. Archived from the original on April 24, 2018. Retrieved April 24, 2018.
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on February 9, 2014. Retrieved February 7, 2014.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  5. ^ Conference.https://www.sfu.ca/sfunews/stories/2015/cfl-great-joe-paopao-is-new-offensive-coordinator-for-sfu-clan.html
  6. ^ Staff, TSN ca (April 15, 2019). "Paopao joins Redblacks as RBs coach - TSN.ca". TSN. Retrieved April 15, 2019.
  7. ^ Staff, 3Down. "Redblacks hand play-calling duties to Joe Paopao | 3DownNation". Retrieved August 21, 2019.
  8. ^ "BC Lions - Official site". BC Lions. Archived from the original on February 7, 2012. Retrieved April 24, 2018.