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1990 NAU Athletic Hall of Fame Class

Joseph Salem

(Football, 1975-78)

Coach Joe Salem, better known as "Smokey Joe" had a winning percentage of .591 during his coaching career at Northern Arizona University.  Coaching honors included: 1977 NCAA District 7, Coach of the Year; 1977 Big Sky Conference, Coach of the Year; and 1978 Big Sky Conference, Coach of the Year.  Coach Salem's record at NAU was 1-9-0 in 1975; 8-3-0 in 1976; 9-3-0 in 1977; and 8-2-0 in 1978. His 1977 team participated in the 1st round of play-offs in Division II, and his 1978 team was the Big Sky Conference Champions with a record of 6-0.

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