The late Joe Bochicchio, legendary University
of Scranton head women’s soccer coach (1984-2006), has been
inducted into the Middle Atlantic Conference Hall of Fame.
The announcement was made on Tuesday, May 7, at the annual MAC
Awards Banquet on the campus of Lycoming College in
Bochicchio is one of 18 members of the Class of 2013, the second class that the MAC has inducted since starting the hall of fame in 2012 as part of its 100-year celebration. The MAC Hall of Fame recognizes student-athletes, coaches, administrators, faculty and staff members who have demonstrated success in athletics, academics, and the community.
A native of Scranton, Bochicchio took over the Royal women’s soccer program in 1984—in just its second year of existence—and turned it into a program that continually enjoyed success on the national level. He passed away on July 24, 2007, just six months shy of his 60th birthday.
In 23 seasons, he won 296 matches, 15 Middle Atlantic/Freedom Conference titles, and advanced to the NCAA Division III tournament 11 times. Three of his teams reached the quarterfinals of the NCAA tournament, while eight finished a season nationally ranked. His 1985 team was the only Division III team to be ranked in the Division I top-20 poll that year.
He was voted the Middle Atlantic/Freedom Conference Coach of the Year four times (1998, 1999, 2001, 2003) and earned NSCAA regional coach of the year honors on four occasions (1989, 1999, 2000, 2003). Overall, Bochicchio’s program produced seven all-Americans, 24 all-regional and 56 all-conference selections.
Bochicchio is survived by his wife, Sandy, and sons, Matthew and Jeff, a University of Scranton graduate and former Royal men’s soccer player.