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The Hofstra Community Mourns the Passing of Joe Gardi
06-03-2010 12:27 PM
Hempstead, NY - The Hofstra University community mourns the passing of former Pride Football Coach Joe Gardi, who passed away Wednesday following a stroke suffered last week. He was 71 years old.
Gardi, who directed the Hofstra University football program from 1990 through the 2005 season, tallied a 119-62-2 record in his 16 seasons at Hofstra. Both his win total and .650 winning percentage rank second in Hofstra football coaching history. Under Gardi’s guidance, Hofstra made the jump from NCAA Division III in 1990 to I-AA in 1994. During that time, the Pride became a nationally recognized I-AA program and earned five NCAA I-AA championship bids in his last 10 seasons. During his tenure, more than 90 school records, seven ECAC marks, and four NCAA records were either topped or tied by the Pride. Gardi also recorded 10 winning seasons during his Pride tenure.
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