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Joseph Bochicchio

2009 Hall of Fame Inductee

Class: 1965

A three-letter athlete at Keystone, he was co-captain of all three squads, including the 1964 soccer team that advanced to the NJCAA Final Four. His leadership and on field accomplishments were evident to all, having served as president of the Varsity K Club as well as being named the recipient of the 1965 Keystonian Award for the Most Outstanding Athlete. Following graduation from Keystone, Bochicchio went on to earn a bachelor's degree and eventually a master's degree from SUNY Cortland. He continued his collegiate career in soccer and football at Cortland, eventually earning All-Conference honors in soccer.

A certified health and physical education teacher in the Scranton School District for 30 years, Bochicchio may be best remembered for his highly successful run as the head coach of the women's soccer team at the University of Scranton.

Bochicchio began his stint as head coach in 1984, one year after the program was founded, a position he held until 2006.

During his time at Scranton he helped build the women's soccer team into a national power. He compiled 298 career victories (298-144-33, .662), including 15 Middle Atlantic/Freedom Conference titles and 11 NCAA Division III tournament berths. His 1987, 2001 and 2003 squads all advanced to the national quarterfinals. He currently ranks fifth all-time in NCAA Division III women's soccer coaching victories. 

He was a four-time National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Regional Coach of the Year and a five-time Middle Atlantic/Freedom Conference Coach of the Year. Under Bochicchio's tenure, Scranton soccer produced seven NSCAA All-Americans, 24 NSCAA All-Regional and 54 All-Conference selections.   He is a member of both the University of Scranton Wall Of Fame and the Northeastern Chapter of the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame, an honor he shares with eight of his former players. A longtime supporter of the Special Olympics Program, he was selected by the NSCAA for its Lifetime Contributions to Soccer Award in 2008.

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