Joe Bugel, Longtime NFL Coach, Munhall Grad Dies at 80
Pittsburgh native and longtime NFL coach Joe Bugel died on Sunday at the age of 80.
Bugel was best known as the coach for The Hogs, the legendary Washington Redskins offensive line that he coached from 1981-89, winning two Super Bowls. Washington scored a then-record 541 points in 1983 and had four 1,o00-yard rushers.
Bugel graduated from Munhall High School before attending Western Kentucky and he stayed on with the Hilltoppers as a graduate assistant, starting his coaching career at 24 in 1964.
He spent two years at his alma mater, three years at Navy and one season each at Iowa State and Ohio State before breaking into the NFL with the Detroit Lions in 1975.
After finding success in Washington, Bugel went on to be the head coach of the Phoenix Cardinals from 1999-93 and Oakland Raiders in 1997, with a career record of 24-56 as a head coach. Bugel returned to the Redskins as offensive line coach from 2004-09 before retiring in 2010.
Coach was a fine man, going to miss him