Tony Fardella (December 3, 1931 – January, 2012) was a long-time and much-beloved football coach and teacher at Skyline High School.
Fardella was born and raised in San Francisco. He started coaching at Oakland High School in 1963 and then switched Skyline High School in 1969. He retired from coaching after the 1986 season, and retired from teaching in 1992. He led the Skyline football team to multiple OAL championships and several undefeated seasons. 1
"I was the first one in my immediate family to attend college because of Fardella. He was like that to everyone," Brown continued. "He opened doors for a lot of student-athletes." 2
- Theotis Brown, class of 1975. Played in college for UCLA, then the NFL for the St. Louis Cardinals, Seattle Seahawks and Kansas City Chiefs.
Fardella died unexpectedly of a stroke in January, 2012. His daughter Tania Fardella started a scholarship fund in his memory in 2014 to support Skyline athletes going to college and to support the Skyline football program. She is writing a book, Hey Star! The Life and Legacy of Coach Tony Fardella, which is due out in 2015.
Links and References
- www.coachtonyfardella.com website
- Oakland: Scholarship fund named for iconic Skyline High coach Oakland Tribune December 24, 2014