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In his 43 years at FC, Al Feola has been a key part of the Hornet’s since he joined legendary FC head coach Hal Sherbeck’s first football staff at Fullerton in 1961.
Feola put his stamp on all three Hornet national championships (1965, 1967, 1983) and some 16 conference titles.
In April of 2002, the coaching legend was inducted into the California Community College Football Hall of Fame in Visalia.
As a defensive back coach during most of his tenure, Feola has produced an impressive ledger of talent. He has coached dozens of all-conference players and 16 All-American athletes, including a few — Paul Moyer, Jaycie Pearson and FC Hall of Famer and NFL star Brig Owens.
Feola was also an assistant track coach at Fullerton College for 27 years. Current FC track coach Jim Kiefer, along with Feola, would often recruit local athletes to join both the football and track & field teams.
After a successful collegiate career at Pasadena City College and Pepperdine in football and track, Feola went on to play for the Washington Redskins, Los Angeles Rams and Oakland Raiders in the NFL.
Feola was also a top-notch boxer and captured the Golden Gloves championship while at Pasadena City College in 1952-53.
Feola and his wife, Carol, live in Placentia and have three grown children — Debbie, Craig and Dana.