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Joe Paterno at a 2010 rally
December 21, 1926|
Brooklyn, New York City
|Died||January 22, 2012
State College, Pennsylvania
|Coaching career (HC unless noted)|
|Penn State (assistant)
|Head coaching record|
|Overall||298–136–3 (111 wins vacated)|
|Bowls||18–12–1 (6 wins vacated)|
College Football Data Warehouse
|Accomplishments and honors|
2 National (1982, 1986)
1 Big Ten (1994)
Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year (1986)
5x AFCA COY (1968, 1978, 1982, 1986, 2005)
3x Walter Camp COY (1972, 1994, 2005)
3x Eddie Robinson COY (1978, 1982, 1986)
2x Bobby Dodd COY (1981, 2005)
Paul "Bear" Bryant Award (1986)
3x George Munger Award (1990, 1994, 2005)
Amos Alonzo Stagg Award (2002)
The Home Depot Coach of the Year Award (2005)
Sporting News College Football COY (2005)
3x Big Ten Coach of the Year (1994, 2005, 2008)
|College Football Hall of Fame
Inducted in 2007 (profile)
Joseph Vincent "Joe" Paterno (how to say: /pəˈtɜrnoʊ/; December 21, 1926 — January 22, 2012) was an American college football coach. He was the head coach of the Penn State Nittany Lions for 46 years from 1966 through 2011. Paterno's nickname was "JoePa".
Paterno was an Italian-American who was born and raised in Brooklyn. His team won 409 games with him as coach, so he had the record for the most wins by an NCAA Division I Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) coach. He is the only FBS coach to reach 400 victories. He coached five undefeated teams that won major bowl games. In 2007, was entered the College Football Hall of Fame.
Paterno died of lung cancer on January 22, 2012.
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