WATERLOO, Ont. -- The University of Waterloo’s Department of Athletics today announced that Joe Paopao has been selected as the interim head coach of the Waterloo Warriors football program.
Paopao takes over the reins after serving as offensive coordinator and assistant head coach for the past five years. Longtime assistant coach Marshall Bingeman moves into the role of interim assistant head coach and director of football operations.
“We are enormously grateful to have Joe in this role,” said Warriors athletic director Bob Copeland. “Joe commands respect from his staff and players and is a superb mentor and teacher whose influence will benefit our student-athletes and overall program. The return of coach Paopao, coach Bingeman, and the nucleus of the coaching staff from last year provides important consistency for our program and the development of our student-athletes”.
In addition to serving as interim head coach, Paopao will take on the role as the lead football consultant in developing a sustainable plan to build a program of excellence, and he is well qualified to take on this assignment.
"Our focus is on today and building for the future,” commented coach Paopao. “We have tremendous character and emerging talent in our locker room and it is a privilege for me to lead these fine young men. What we need is more depth and experience and this will come with time and a solid plan and that is part of my mandate,” added Paopao. “Our job as coaches is to ensure our players achieve their full potential – as players, students, and members of our community”.
Paopao has an extensive Canadian Football League (CFL) coaching resume on top of his illustrious CFL playing career. Most recently, in 2006, he was the offensive coordinator for the Hamilton Tiger-Cats. From 2001-2005 Joe served as head coach of the Ottawa Renegades. He has also coached with Edmonton, British Columbia, and Winnipeg in the CFL.
In 2001, Paopao was the offensive coordinator for the (now defunct) San Francisco Demons of the XFL. He is a member of the B.C. Lions Wall of Fame (2007) and has also been inducted into the Long Beach State Hall of Fame (2006).
Paopao’s playing career began in B.C. where he was the quarterback for the Lions in 1978. There, he led the Lions in passing for the next three seasons and set a CFL record in 1979 for most pass completions in a single game. Paopao enjoyed a 12 year CFL career before becoming a highly respected CFL coach and subsequently a coach with the Waterloo Warriors in 2007.