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Background Information

Employment History



Head Football Coach and Athletic Director

Buckholts High School

Varsity's Assistant Defensive Coordinator

Riverside Brookfield High

Head Football Coach

Wickenburg High School

Paris Football Coach





Education Leadership

Dominican University

bachelors degree


Elmhurst College

Web References (11 Total References)

Try, try again: Buckholts, the ... [cached]

Try, try again: Buckholts, the six-man school that was burned by four-day coach Mike Pagliaro earlier this year, has officially corrected the error and brought in Cory Schwartz, a middle school 11-man coach with no six-man experience.

Well here's another one: recently hired Buckholts coach Mike Pagliaro is already gone.
Buckholts, a six-man school trying mightily to find a permanent option at the HC spot, accepted Pagliaro's resignation just three days after he was unanimously voted to take over.

The six-man school lost lots of ... [cached]

The six-man school lost lots of valuable time interviewing candidates before they ended up with Mike Pagliaro, a coach with a somewhat checkered past from out of state. The real story has been reported by a local paper, now. Instead of trying to explain it all, I'll just post the operative points here and then link the story.

"Mike Pagliaro, who coached Wickenburg High School's football team to a 10-1 season in 2009 and then resigned following an investigation regarding the unauthorized use of his twin brother as an assistant coach, resigned four days after being hired at a small Texas school after it was discovered he had altered a letter of recommendation from Wickenburg High.
Pagliaro, who resigned at the end of the 2009 football season at Wickenburg High after the district learned he omitted his partial-year employment at CIVA Charter School in Colorado on his application and resume, had been hired as the head football coach and athletic director at Buckholts High School earlier this month.
By the end of that week, Pagliaro resigned from the Texas school."

Mike Pagliaro, with more ... [cached]

Mike Pagliaro, with more than five years of high school head coaching duties from the Chicago area, has been hired as the new head football coach at Wickenburg High School. Pagliaro, 34, is planning to arrive in Wickenburg about one week prior to the start of Spring Football on April 27. "I've had family in Arizona for about 15 years," he noted, "and Arizona was No. 1 on my list. There were a lot of coaching spots available (in Arizona), and especially with four new schools." He added that he selected Wickenburg due to the football program's recent successes and because an English teaching position was available. Pagliaro is succeeding Norris Vaughan, who resigned recently to accept the head coaching position at the larger Mountain Pointe High in Ahwatukee following a four-year record of 47-5 at Wickenburg High.

According to Pagliaro, he served as junior varsity head football coach at Ridgewood High in Illinois (his alma mater) for four years (1996-2000) then shared head coaching duties on the varsity with his twin brother Tom for three years. In those three years, Ridgewood (with a student enrollment of about 1,000) posted a 11-17 varsity record. After serving one year as the varsity's assistant defensive coordinator at Riverside Brookfield High in Riverside, Ill., a school with an enrollment of about 1,500 students, he accepted the head coaching position at the 800-student Paris High in Paris, Ill. While his varsity squad went 0-9 and 1-8 in his two years as head coach, Paris' freshman squad went 7-2 in 2005 and the junior varsity was undefeated at 9-0 in the following year. He then accepted accepted a position to help establish a new charter school in Colorado Springs, Colo., where the football team went 0-6 in its first season. He has been out of coaching for the past year, working in administration at the Waukegan, Ill., school district. Pagliaro was a four-year letterman at Ridgewood High School from 1989 to 1992, playing as a fullback and outside linebacker. He was team captain in 1991 and 1992. He earned his bachelors degree in English from Elmhurst College in 1998 and his Masters in Education Leadership from Dominican University in 2004.
A. "Mike Pagliaro, with more than five years of high school head coaching duties"
This info is incorrect when it comes to football. When I read this I am assuming he has been a HC 5 or more years as a varsity HC in football. Not a sub-varsity or a Jh coach. But a HC of a varsity team that is on record as proving so. The true facts do not bear this out at all. He in fact was a HC of a varsity team for 2 years at Paris, IL and supposedly a Hc at CVIV Charter in Colorado Springs, CO for one year. I am assuming that is accurate. If you look at the Illinois State website for HS ball which I included he is listed as the Hc on record for 2 years so this is true. You can see the school has not had much success at all and he had one of the worst records in history.
B. 'According to Pagliaro, he served as junior varsity head football coach at Ridgewood High in Illinois (his alma mater) for four years (1996-2000) then shared head coaching duties on the varsity with his twin brother Tom for three years."
It stated he shared head coaching duties with his brother?
IT DOES NOT NAME MIKE AS A HEAD COACH IN THOSE RECORDS WITH THE STATE ASSOCIATION. If he was a co-head coach he would have his name alongside his brother.
But the fact is he was an assistant to the HC. Yes I know he was the #1 assistant but I have been the same and I have never used that in reference as a being or sharing HC duties. Here is another website I found and it clearly states that his brother was the HC. If you notice contact info for the Hc is his borther and not Mike.

Terre Haute, Indiana News :: :: New coach ready to build Paris' program into winner [cached]

New coach: Paris football Coach Mike Pagliaro instructs his players during a recent practice at the school. (Tribune-Star/Bob Poynter)

Mike Pagliaro isn't concerned.Pagliaro left his post as assistant defensive coordinator at Riverside Brookfield , a northwest suburban Chicago team which has made the 5A or 6A playoffs the last five seasons.
"I always had the idea of coming out to a little farming school and kicking a little butt or trying to anyway," Pagliaro said."I kind of like building my own stuff.I like the idea of building a tradition."
Most appealing to Pagliaro is that in a tight-knit community like Paris, a sporting event is also a social gathering.
"I like when the whole town comes.It's like a social hub," Pagliaro said.
As far as gathering his players on the field, Pagliaro knows he'll have a young group that will have to battle through a tough Apollo Conference.
Defending champion Newton, Charleston and Mount Zion are the "three major players," he said, mentioning Robinson as another tough team.
"[Robinson] has the only state championship appearance [from the Apollo]," he said."They play good football.I know the kids are real big.They're big farmer boys.We gotta get a couple of them one day."
Pagliaro's team will start the season tonight against an always-physical West Vigo squad.
"I have no doubt they're bigger and physical," Pagliaro said.
Pagliaro may have his work cut out for him, but the bachelor says he has plenty of time.
"Being single gives me a chance to spend a lot of time with football and not have anyone yelling at me," he said.

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