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Joe Paopao lands full-time coaching job at the University of Waterloo

Ottawa Renegades head coach Joe Paopao celebrates his teams 43-38 win over the Montreal Alouettes in Ottawa Friday, Aug. 29, 2003

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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."

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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.

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