The Obit For Al Giordano

Longtime Caldwell coach Al Giordano dies

The Times Leader

By Todd Griffin toddgriffin@timesleader.net

Saturday, May 09, 2009

Longtime Caldwell County coach Al Giordano, 78, died Friday night at Vanderbilt Medical Center in Nashville after a short illness.

Simply known as "Coach G," Giordano was a well-known figure in the community. He was a longtime teacher and football coach at Caldwell County High School and also served as head coach of the baseball, golf and softball programs at the school, and was an assistant basketball coach

Giordano is probably best known for his time as a football coach at CCHS, including 14 seasons as head coach from 1972-85. But his teams also excelled in other sports.

His Lady Tiger softball teams were consistently ranked among the state's top 25. He led the CCHS softball program to three state tournament appearances in five years, including a runner-up finish in 1998. His teams also went to state in 2000 and 2002 despite playing in the same region with higher-ranked teams like Christian County and Henderson County.

Giordano also led the Lady Tiger golf team to a state championship in the 1970s.

Giordano spent 45 years coaching at Caldwell County, which is believed to be a state record.

He had continued to be a fixture at Caldwell sporting events, most recently following his grandsons at high school and youth events.

Giordano is a member of the Caldwell County Football Hall of Fame, the State Softball Hall of Fame and the Kentucky High School Athletic Association Hall of Fame.

A two-time All-American football player at Murray State University, Giordano is in the MSU Hall of Fame as well as the Ohio Valley Conference Hall of Fame.

Prior to joining the football program at Murray State, Giordano spent time as a professional baseball player in the Dodgers organization.

Giordano had recently served as Code Enforcement Officer for the City of Princeton. He was a veteran of the Korean War.

He battled health problems earlier this year, undergoing emergency heart surgery at Vanderbilt back in February.

Visitation at Morgan's Funeral Home in Princeton will be Monday from 4-7:30 p.m. with Remembrance Service at 7:30 p.m. at the funeral home.

Funeral services will be Tuesday at 4 p.m. at St. Paul's Catholic Church with Father Frank Roof officiating.

Burial will take place in Cedar Hill Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to: Coach G Memorial Fund Benefitting Caldwell County Athletes, P.O. Box 128, Princeton, KY 42445.