Class of 1962
During his four years at Lyons High School, Joe was a three-sport athlete. He was a member of the varsity football team for three of the four years he played, and spent most of his time at the quarterback position. He also played four years of basketball and four years of baseball.
Under the supervision of Jim Fabino, Joe was catcher for the Lyons American League Baseball Team. He also played baseball for the Newark Wiltsie League Team for three years. In 1962, he was chosen to catch during a game in Auburn against the New York Yankee Rookie baseball team. During his junior year, he was invited to participate in a Los Angeles Dodger tryout camp.
After high school, Joe attended Hobart College for four years and graduated with a B.S. degree in math and education. While at Hobart, he played one year of baseball and four years of football. Joe started at both offensive and defensive guard and linebacker for his sophomore and junior years. As a senior, he was moved to tackle, where he made 1st team all-conference (ICAL) on offense.
Upon graduation from Hobart in 1966, Joe accepted a position at Clyde Central School as a math teacher. He coached both the Jr. High and J.V. baseball teams for two years and was Varsity line coach during the same period of time. In 1968, Joe accepted a Jr. High teaching job in Pittsford and spent the next 23 years as an assistant football coach at both Pittsford High School and Pittsford Mendon H.S.
Joe has been married 41 years to Mary Rooke and resides in Fairport, New York. Joe and Mary have three children and five beautiful grandchildren.