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Joseph F. Pappano

In his own estimation, Joe Pappano has been “relatively successful” in a career that spanned 25 years as football coach at Revere High School. In 1977, Pappano took over a program that had been thought of as “cake eaters.” That image has dissipated thanks to some smash-mouth football that Pappano installed. “We ran a multiple offense, about 60 percent run and 40 percent pass, “said Pappano. “I was with John Cistone at St.Vincent-St. Mary for eight years so we knew something about running the ball.” The mix was good enough for Pappano’s Minutemen to compile a 161-110-2 record, win the Suburban League title 10 times, make the state playoffs seven times, and finish runner-up for the state Division III title in 1990. That year the Minutemen went 13-0 before losing, 16-6, to Hamilton Badin for the championship, which earned Pappano the Touchdown Club’s Summit Coach of the Year Award for the second time. The first was in 1980, “when I believe some people thought I was a flash in the pan,” Pappano told the Beacon Journal. The 1990 season had a little extra meaning for Pappano. Ten years earlier the Minutemen were soundly beaten in the playoffs by Youngstown Mooney. They made up for it by beating Mooney in the playoffs in 1990. Pappano was voted Ohio High School Coach of the Year in Division II in 1980 and ’89 and in Division III in ‘90. One of Pappano’s former players is Andy McCullom, center for the St. Louis Rams, possessor of a Super Bowl ring and now in his 11th NFL season. Perhaps the biggest thing about Pappano’s coaching career, which he plans to end after the 2004 season, is that he and his assistants, who were with him most of his 25 years, and the young men who played for him, built a program that earned respect throughout the state.

Inducted 2004 | Coach