May 18, 2010
Basketball Coach Joe Piscopo Passes Away At Age 69

A dear friend and member of the Winning Hoops family, Joe Piscopo passed away on September 14, 2010. Piscopo was an influential coach who’s belief in sharing his basketball coaching information has helped thousands of coaches worldwide. The Tonawanda, NY resident published dozens of highly popular basketball-coaching booklets and topic-specific special coaching reports — featuring clearly drawn diagrams and concise coaching information — that have been best-sellers for years.

A fixture at many Nike Championship Basketball Coaching Clinics over the years, anyone who had the pleasure to speak with Coach Piscopo knows of his love of the game and commitment to helping others involved with basketball coaching.

The following is the obituary from the Buffalo News…

Joseph G. Piscopo, teacher and honored coach

Jan. 11, 1941—Sept. 14, 2010

Joseph G. Piscopo, a teacher and coach who led high school basketball teams in several local districts, died Tuesday in the Center for Hospice & Palliative Care, Cheektowaga. He was 69.

Mr. Piscopo was born in Brooklyn and moved to the Town of Tonawanda in 1965 after graduating from Brockport State College with a degree in physical education. He later received a master’s degree in counseling education from Niagara University.

Sports was a constant in his life. He played soccer under the guidance of his father, who was founding president of the Italian American Soccer League of New York City. He played football for St. Francis Prep in Brooklyn and semi-pro with the Bay Ridge Celtics.

Mr. Piscopo coached several sports during 14 years at Bishop Neumann High School in Amherst, starting in 1965. Among the laurels he received was being named Outstanding Coach of the Year by the WNY Basketball Coaches Association in 1976, after guiding the team to an undefeated season, and won two Manhattan Cup championships.

Mr. Piscopo later taught and was varsity basketball coach at Jamestown High School for a few years before teaching and becoming athletic director for the Royalton-Hartland School District over the course of 17 years.

Mr. Piscopo’s other stints included being a volunteer coach at Mount St. Joseph’s High School and Daemen College, being an assistant men’s basketball coach at Niagara County Community College and serving as assistant coach for the Buffalo State women’s and later men’s basketball teams.

He also published a series of 20 coaching booklets, used in the United States and Canada.

Survivors include his wife, the former Diane Rupp; two daughters, Christine M., and Trisha A. Schumer; and two sons, ErickJ. and George A.

http://www.buffalonews.com/deaths/local-obituaries/article193084.ece

Basketball Coach Joe Piscopo Passes Away At Age 69

A dear friend and member of the Winning Hoops family, Joe Piscopo passed away on September 14, 2010. Piscopo was an influential coach who’s belief in sharing his basketball coaching information has helped thousands of coaches worldwide. The Tonawanda, NY resident published dozens of highly popular basketball-coaching booklets and topic-specific special coaching reports — featuring clearly drawn diagrams and concise coaching information — that have been best-sellers for years.

A fixture at many Nike Championship Basketball Coaching Clinics over the years, anyone who had the pleasure to speak with Coach Piscopo knows of his love of the game and commitment to helping others involved with basketball coaching.

The following is the obituary from the Buffalo News…

Joseph G. Piscopo, teacher and honored coach

Jan. 11, 1941—Sept. 14, 2010

Joseph G. Piscopo, a teacher and coach who led high school basketball teams in several local districts, died Tuesday in the Center for Hospice & Palliative Care, Cheektowaga. He was 69.

Mr. Piscopo was born in Brooklyn and moved to the Town of Tonawanda in 1965 after graduating from Brockport State College with a degree in physical education. He later received a master’s degree in counseling education from Niagara University.

Sports was a constant in his life. He played soccer under the guidance of his father, who was founding president of the Italian American Soccer League of New York City. He played football for St. Francis Prep in Brooklyn and semi-pro with the Bay Ridge Celtics.

Mr. Piscopo coached several sports during 14 years at Bishop Neumann High School in Amherst, starting in 1965. Among the laurels he received was being named Outstanding Coach of the Year by the WNY Basketball Coaches Association in 1976, after guiding the team to an undefeated season, and won two Manhattan Cup championships.

Mr. Piscopo later taught and was varsity basketball coach at Jamestown High School for a few years before teaching and becoming athletic director for the Royalton-Hartland School District over the course of 17 years.

Mr. Piscopo’s other stints included being a volunteer coach at Mount St. Joseph’s High School and Daemen College, being an assistant men’s basketball coach at Niagara County Community College and serving as assistant coach for the Buffalo State women’s and later men’s basketball teams.

He also published a series of 20 coaching booklets, used in the United States and Canada.

Survivors include his wife, the former Diane Rupp; two daughters, Christine M., and Trisha A. Schumer; and two sons, ErickJ. and George A.

http://www.buffalonews.com/deaths/local-obituaries/article193084.ece






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