Joe is one of the rare athletes in the country to play on undefeated football teams in both high school and college.
He was a standout in football and track at Sharon High School from 1965-68. In 1966 he played on offense and defense for the undefeated 1966 football team that won the Midwestern Athletic Conference title. He was named 2nd team running back on the All-WPIAL Class AA All-Stars and honorable mention All-State. He was captain of the 1967 Tigers team.
In track, he was a two-year letterman. He won 3 medals at the WPIAL Class AA Meet in 1967, gold in the 880-yard relay, silver in the 220-yard dash and bronze in the 100.
Joe went on to a phenomenal career at Westminster College where he was a four-year letterman. In 1968, he was selected as Most Promising Freshman.
In 1969 and ’71, he was named to the All-District 18 First Team at running back and in ’69 was Most Valuable Offensive Player.
He helped lead the 1970 team to the school’s first-ever NAIA Division II National Championship, going undefeated. The 1971 team was national runner-up and he was named Westminster’s Athlete of the Year. He was part of a 24-game win streak.
Joe also started for four years in baseball for the Titans, named Most Promising Freshman and becoming batting champion for two years. He was captain as a junior and senior.
He was inducted into the Westminster Hall of Fame in 1987.
In his youth, he played table tennis with the Buhl Club Whiz Kids under the guidance of Hall of Famer Bill Jacobson and competed in the national championships in 1963.
He played Class B baseball in Youngstown and later played semi-pro football with the Youngstown Hardhats and Sharon Blasters.
He coached Little League, girls softball and football.