Joe Paopao may be back in the CFL some day, but it won't be in 2013.
The former CFL quarterback and coach was named Wednesday as the full-time head coach of the University of Waterloo Warriors following his interim role with the team last season.
“Joe did a tremendous job for our program and student-athletes last year during a vital period of transition,” Waterloo athletics director Bob Copeland said in a release. “He has brought a new attitude and positive momentum to the locker room, and has earned the confidence of our players, administration, and alumni."
Paopao led the Warriors to a 2-6 record that included a 48-29 victory over the Windsor Lancers in the last game of the 2012 season.
“I am extremely proud to make this full-time commitment to the University of Waterloo,” said Paopao.“Last year was a sign of things to come and with the addition of several highly touted recruits and a core group of veterans returning we will continue to get better each and every day.”
Paopao has been an offensive co-ordinator and head coach in the CFL, with the Ottawa Renegades. He also spent 12 years in the CFL as a quarterback and has helped with the Waterloo football program since 2007.
Waterloo suspended its football team for the 2010 Canadian Interuniversity Sport season after several players were found using performance-enhancing drugs.