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Jim Fassel played Quarterback at Fullerton College in 1967 and 1968, and helped lead the Hornet football squad to the 1967 National Title under head coach Hal Sherbeck. A few of the FC records still hold strong today such as Most TD Passes in a Game (6 vs OCC) and Most Points in a Game (68 vs Cypress).
In 1969 Jim transferred to Long Beach State where he played QB and graduated in 1972. He was then drafted by the NFL’s Chicago Bears in the 4th round and traded to the San Diego Chargers finishing the 1972 season with the Houston Oilers. In 1973 Fassel played in the Canadian Football League with the Toronto Argonauts and finished the year with as a player and coach with Hawaii in the WFL.
In 1974 Fassel joined the Hornet coaching staff for a season, and then moved on as an assistant coach at Utah in 1976. Jim would become the offensive coordinator at Weber State for the 1977 and 1978 seasons before taking control of an offense at Stanford that had a young budding quarterback in John Elway (79-83). He coached with the New Orleans Breakers of the USFL in 1984. From 1985 to 1989 Fassel was the head football coach at the University of Utah.
The NFL came calling again for Jim in 1990 as the New York Giants hired him as their new offensive coordinator (90-92). Fassel would work as an offensive coordinator for a few other NFL teams (Denver, Oakland, and Arizona) before he would become the head coach of the New York Giants (97-03). His years as the Giants head coach saw Jim become a Super Bowl Champion, NFL Coach of the Year, and Consensus NFL Coach of the Year. From 2004-06 Fassel was the offensive coordinator for the Baltimore Ravens. Jim was also the head coach General Manger, and President of the Las Vegas Locomotives of the United Football League. Fassel led the locos to three consecutive UFL championships.