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Paul Farnan

Coaching ∙ Midland

 

 

 

 

Paul Farnan played three sports and earned eight letters before graduating from Midland High School in 1952. After a stellar career at quarterback for St Vincent College and in the Navy as a backup to George Welsh, Paul returned to his high school alma mater and was content to bide his time as an assistant football coach with the Leopards. That didnít happen, so Paul accepted a football position at Pius X High School in the eastern part of the state. Playing an independent schedule that included teams from different classifications, Pius X compiled an impressive 40-14-3 record over six years. Paul was also athletic director all six years at Pius X and head basketball coach for four seasons. Paul then went to Warren Hills High in Washington, New Jersey, where he won the Delaware River Conference championship and Group 11 State co-championship in 1973. Paul returned to the Keystone State in 1975, taking a head coaching position at Bangor in the football-mad Lehigh Valley. He stayed there 23 years, compiling a 173-79-6 record. Paul was named Easton Express Area Coach of the Year three times and Colonial League Coach of the Year once. His teams won four Colonial League titles, one District 11 AA championship, and had two District 11 AAA runners-up finishes. His coaching career ended in 1997 with a lifetime record of 231-107-13, which earned him a spot in the Pennsylvania Football Coaches Hall of Fame in 1998. Paul was also elected to the Lehigh Valley Chapter of the National Football Foundation Hall of Fame. The Eastern Express newspaper published the Top 100 sports figures in the Lehigh Valley, and Paul was placed along the likes of Larry Holmes and Mario Andretti, making #61 on the exclusive list.