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Joe Paopao

Joe Paopao
Waterloo Warriors
Date of birth: (1955-06-30) June 30, 1955
Place of birth: Honolulu, Hawaii
Career information
Position(s): HC
Height: 6 ft 1 in (185 cm)
Weight: 200 lb (91 kg)
College: Long Beach State
As coach:
BC Lions (OBC)
BC Lions (QC)
BC Lions (OC)
Edmonton Eskimos (OC)
BC Lions (HC)
Winnipeg Blue Bombers (OC)
BC Lions (OC)
San Francisco Demons (OC)
Ottawa Renegades (HC)
Hamilton Tiger-Cats (OC)
Waterloo Warriors (OC)
Waterloo Warriors (HC)
BC Lions (RC)
As player:
BC Lions
Saskatchewan Roughriders
Ottawa Rough Riders
BC Lions

Joe Paopao (born June 30, 1955 in BC Lions in 1996 and the Ottawa Renegades from 2002–2005.


  • Professional playing career 1
  • Professional coaching career 2
  • University coaching career 3
  • Personal life 4
  • CFL coaching record 5
  • CIS coaching record 6
  • References 7

Professional playing career

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.

Professional coaching career

In 1991, Paopao was made the quarterback coach of the Lions. In 1992 he was made their offensive co-ordinator where he remained until becoming the offensive co-ordinator of the Edmonton Eskimos in 1994. In 1996 Paopao became head coach of the Lions, but later found himself as offensive co-ordinator once again, this time for the Blue Bombers. He went back to the Lions in 1999 and was made assistant head coach. In 2001 he found himself as the offensive co-ordinator of the San Francisco Demons of the XFL. That league only lasted one season, and he was later picked up by the new Renegades franchise in Ottawa where he coached from 2002–2005, compiling a 23 Win-49 Loss record. Paopao was then hired by the Hamilton Tiger-Cats and named offensive co-ordinator for the 2006 season. He was later relieved of his duties with the Tiger-Cats on August 28, 2006.

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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
0 0 0 Vanier Cups
Total 3 13 0 .188 0 OUA Division
0 0 0 Vanier Cups

CIS coaching record

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
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
0 0 0 Grey Cups
Total 28 62 0 .311 0 Division
0 0 0 Grey Cups

CFL coaching record

He was added to the BC Lions Wall of Fame in 2007.[7]

Paopao is a longtime resident of Oceanside, California.

Personal life

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,[3][4] and then full-time head coach in February 2013.[5] In two seasons with the Warriors, Paopao had a 3-13 record. Paopao left Waterloo in February 2014 to join the BC Lions as receivers coach.[6]

University coaching career


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