Joe Zaleski, American-born Canadian football player and coach, Died at 89

Joseph “Joe” Zaleski was born on March 19, 19 27,in New Kensington, Pennsylvania and died in September 2016.

He was a Canadian football player and coach.

Joe attended the University of Dayton from 1948 to 1950, where he played on the football team as the starting quarterback for two years.

During the next year, he served two years in the United States Marine Corps.

Following his signing with the Los Angeles Rams one season, without appearing in a game, Zaleski signed with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers of the Western Interprovincial Football Union in 1952.

Joe played there for two years as the backup quarterback and a defensive back, where he was regarded for his ball handling abilities.

During 1955, he then signed with the Montreal Alouettes, where he played for one season as reserve quarterback.

Then the next year, in May 1956, Zaleski moved to the Ontario Rugby Football Union where he was a player-coach for the Sarnia Golden Bears, remaining there for two years, leaving in 1957.

During 1958, Zaleski was hired as an assistant coach for his former team, the Blue Bombers, winning the Grey Cup in 1959, 1961 and 1962.

Zaleski remained in this position with Winnipeg until 1967 when he was named the team’s head coach, replacing Bud Grant.

Zaleski head coach, he compiled a record of 10–37–1 over three seasons and was eventually fired on November 20, 1969

During 1970, he was hired as an assistant coach for the Edmonton Eskimos, a position he retained for two seasons, with him being fired along with another assistant, Al Benecick, on January 3, 1972.

Zaleski married Louise Ann Savanyo of Tiltonsville, Ohio, around 1952 with whom he had five children, including a son, Slater, who played in the CFL.

Joe Zaleski passed away at 89 years old.