Dr. John J. Joe

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2017


Dr. John J. Joe
Football • Coatesville

Dr. John J. Joe, a graduate of Scott High School in Coatesville, PA excelled in high school athletics and then at Lycoming College on a football scholarship. John is a member of the Coatesville "Football Joe Family". While at Scott he was captain of the football team earning all Ches-Mont league as a two way tackle. In 1954. During his senior year, he was Ches-Mont and District champion in the shot and discus.

Dr. Joe attended Lycoming College where he was a member of the varsity football team, captain three years. He has the distinction of starting every game for four years at fullback and linebacker. During his college career the team posted a 28-5 record. He garnered all PA college honors and All-American two seasons, while during the winter he wrestled and in the spring was a catcher and played third base on the baseball team.

Dr. Joe was drafted by the NFL New England Patriots, but his career was cut short by a knee injury. In 1965 he became the first high school African American head coach at Conshohocken High School in Montgomery County. He taught for 38 years, 12 at Coatesville area and West Chester School Districts and 10 years at Plymouth Whitemarsh, in the departments of Spanish, French and German. While at Plymouth Whitemarsh he was coach of the wrestling team, compiling a record of 84-43. Dr. Joe also coached at Devon Prep for 15 years in cross country and track and field.

In 1985 he was inducted as a Charter Member into the Lycoming College Sports Hall of Fame. Dr. Joe resides in West Caln Township with his wife Marie and has four children.

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