Derek Faggiani of the Cloverdale Leopards was named the 2005 Community Coach of the Year at the Orange Helmet awards dinner Saturday in Vancouver. Derek joined the volunteer staff at the Cloverdale Community Football Association in 1993 as a Bantam and Midget division coach and has dedicated the past 13 years to the program.
Faggiani began his own football career as a high school player with Pickering high school in Ontario. After graduating form high school he was recruited to play for Simon Fraser University. During his junior and senior years at SFU he won All American honors, and in his senior year he was also awarded the Most Inspirational Player Award. A first round draft pick of the Winnipeg Blue Bombers, Faggiani played seven season in the Canadian Football League, also suiting up for the Montreal Alouettes, Hamilton Tigercats and Saskatchewan Roughriders. After coaching in the Bantam ranks last season, Faggiani will be head coach of the Cloverdale Bengals in the Midget division in 2006
This story was also carried in an artilce in the Cloverdale Reporter