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Joe Gardi, former Hofstra football coach dies at 71

compiled from staff, wire and Hofstra Athletic Communications

Former Hofstra head football coach Joe Gardi is dead at age 71. The university posted on its website, that he died Wednesday after suffering a stroke.

Gardi, who coached Hofstra from 1990-2005, helped shape the NFL careers of Wayne Chrebet, Marques Colston and Tampa Bay coach Raheem Morris.

Joe Gardi (courtesy of Hofstra Athletic Communications)

Gardi compiled a 119-62 -2 record in 16 seasons at Hofstra, which is located in Hempstead, New York. He ranks second in school history in wins and winning percentage (.650). Under Gardi, Hofstra, which has since dropped football, upgraded from Division III to I-AA and earned its first NCAA playoff victories.

He served as an assistant with the Jets from 1976-1984 before taking the Hofstra job.

Gardi is survived by his wife, two children, one daughter-in-law and four grandchildren.

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