Joseph Holly ‘62
Joe was a standout football player who eventually earned a pro tryout. His playing days at Lyons included two seasons on the varsity baseball team as a second baseman. Joe’s three years of varsity basketball will be remembered for dominant rebounding. His play on the football field is where Joe is remembered most. He played varsity for three years and served as co-captain during his junior and senior seasons. Joe credits Coach Burroughs and Coach Blackwell for modeling the lessons he learned during his years at Lyons Central.
Following graduation in 1962, Joe accepted a football scholarship from the University of Buffalo. He played four years of college football and served as captain of the 1965 squad. Joe’s position coach at UB was Buddy Ryan, who would later gain fame as the Defensive Coordinator of the World Champion Chicago Bears and as head coach of the Philadelphia Eagles.
After graduation in the spring of 1966, Joe signed a free agent contract with the San Diego Chargers of the American Football League.
Following his release from the Chargers later that summer, he began a career in the Binghamton City School District that would last for thirty-six years. Joe taught high school Social Studies and coached football, basketball and baseball for eight years before joining the administrative staff. Joe’s final years in education included High School Principal and Director of Pupil Services.
Joe married former Lyons graduate Lorrie Gruschow in 1970 and together raised two children who both work in education. He and his wife are enjoying retirement in Binghamton.