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Mike Faragalli
Mike  Faragalli

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The 2011 season was Mike Faragalli's second year at UVa as the running backs coach. He previously worked with Mike London for two seasons at Richmond.

In 2011 Faragalli helped to develop the one-two punch of tailbacks Perry Jones and Kevin Parks. They combined for 1,624 yards and 14 touchdowns during the season. Jones was second on the team with 48 receptions.

In 2010 Faragalli saw Keith Payne lead the ACC in scoring with 14 touchdowns en route to gaining 749 yards. Jones piled up 646 yards that season in his first extensive playing time.

Faragalli came to UVa after serving London as his offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach for two seasons at Richmond. During his two season's with the Spiders, quarterback Eric Ward enjoyed two prolific seasons en route to the 2008 FCS National Championship and the 2009 CAA title. During Faragalli's tenure as the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach, Ward amassed 5,102 passing yards, 749 rushing yards, 32 passing scores and 12 more touchdowns on the ground. Ward completed 64 percent of his passes (419-of-659) under Faragalli's tutelage.

Faragalli, who possesses extensive college and pro experience, came to the Spiders from Lafayette College where he served for eight years in the same position, taking the offensive reigns at Lafayette in 2000 and his impact was immediately felt. He implemented a passing attack that was ranked either first or second in the Patriot League in five of his first six seasons as offensive coordinator and the Leopards captured three conference championships in the process.

Four of his student-athletes earned major Patriot League postseason awards, as tailback Jonathan Hurt was the Patriot League Offensive Player of the Year in 2006 and 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.

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. He spent one season in Montreal and two in Hamilton - winning the 1986 Grey Cup championship with Hamilton as a 27-year old - and three in Edmonton.

Guiding an explosive Bowling Green offense, 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 quarterbacks Erik White, the conference MVP in 1991 and 1992, and Ryan Henry, fourth on the MAC list with 46-career touchdown passes.

Prior to his tenure at Bowling Green, his three seasons at Edmonton were under his father, Joe, where the Eskimos advanced to the Western Conference title game in each of the three years. He also played a role in the development of quarterback Tracy Ham, the CFL Most Valuable Player in 1989, helping lead Hamilton to the Grey Cup.

Faragalli began his coaching career at Rhode Island in 1979 and later coached at Wisconsin and William & Mary. He coached the receivers during each of those three stints. A 1980 graduate of URI with a bachelor of arts degree in secondary education, Faragalli played defensive back for the Rams.

Faragalli and his wife Kathryn have four children, Joseph, Phillip, Theresa, and Laura.


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