Joseph Vincent "Joe" Paterno (born December 21, 1926) is a former college football coach who was the head coach of the Penn State Nittany Lions from 1966 through November 9, 2011. Paterno, nicknamed "JoePa," holds the record for the most victories by an FBS football coach with 409 and is the only FBS coach to reach 400 victories. He coached five undefeated teams that won major bowl games and, in 2007, was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame as a coach. In conjunction with the Jerry Sandusky child sexual abuse scandal, he announced on November 9, 2011, that he intended to retire at the end of the 2011 football season, but was fired from his position by Penn State trustees later that night.
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