Joe Bochicchio
Joe Bochicchio

Joe Bochicchio was a coaching legend at The University of Scranton. 

The soft-spoken Scranton native took over the women’s soccer program in 1984 and transformed it into a national power.  He passed away on July 24, 2007, nearly six months shy of his 60th birthday.

In 23 seasons, he amassed an overall record of 297-144-34 (.661), which included 15 Middle Atlantic/Freedom Conference titles (1986, 1989-1995, 1999-2004, 2006) and 11 NCAA Division III championship tournament appearances (1987, 1989, 1990, 1999-2004, 2006).  Three of his teams—1987, 2001, 2003—advanced to the quarterfinals of the NCAA tournament, with eight finishing the season nationally ranked, including the 2003 squad which finished fifth in the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA)’s final poll.  His 1985 team was the only Division III team to be ranked in the Division I top-20 poll that year. 

His teams always set the standard for excellence in the Middle Atlantic/Freedom Conference, posting a 115-10-4 record (.907) since competition began in 1986.

Widely regarded by his coaching peers, 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).  During his tenure, Bochicchio’s program produced seven NSCAA all-Americans, 24 NSCAA all-regional and 56 all-Middle Atlantic/Freedom Conference selections.   His coaching credentials include national and advanced national certification from the NSCAA.

His records and accomplishments, however, pale in comparison to his quiet demeanor, humility, and compassion for others.

A member of the University’s Wall of Fame and the Northeastern Chapter of the Pennsylvania Hall of Fame, Bochicchio held bachelor’s and master’s degrees in education from Cortland State University, where he was an all-conference player on the men’s soccer team.  He is survived by his wife, Sandy, and sons Matthew and Jeff.

Awards & Honors
*National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) Mideast-South Coach of the Year (1989)
*NSCAA Mid-Atlantic Region Coach of the Year (1999, 2000, 2003)
*Freedom Conference Coach of the Year (2000, 2003, 2006)
*Middle Atlantic Conference Freedom League Coach of the Year (1998, 1999)
*Northeastern Chapter of the Pennsylvania Hall of Fame (2002)
*University of Scranton Wall of Fame, Class of 2002

Middle Atlantic/Freedom Conference Championships (15)
1986, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2006

Milestones
1st win:   5-1, vs. SUNY-Binghamton, 1984
50th win:  6-0, vs. Western Maryland (now McDaniel College), 1988
100th win:  5-0, vs. Wilkes, 1991
150th win:  8-1, vs. FDU-Madison (now FDU-Florham), 1996
200th win:  2-0, vs. Muhlenberg, Sept. 9, 2000
250th win:  2-1, vs. Haverford, Sept. 6, 2004

NCAA Tournament Appearances (11)
1987 (quarterfinalists), 1989, 1990, 1992, 1999, 2000, 2001 (quarterfinalists), 2002, 2003 (quarterfinalists), 2004, 2006

NSCAA All-Americans (7)
Nicole Amato (1999), Nicole Bayman (2000), Sue Cately (1987), Monica Davidson (1989), Holly Spiech (1988, 1989, 1990), Sara Suchoski (2001, 2003), Renee Zizza (1992)

Winning Seasons (19)
1984 (15-3), 1985 (11-5-1), 1986 (8-4-6), 1987 (12-9-2), 1988 (14-8), 1989 (13-6-3), 1990 (15-5-1), 1991 (14-5-1), 1992 (15-6-1), 1994 (11-7-1), 1995 (11-9-1), 1998 (14-6-1), 1999 (19-3-1), 2000 (17-4-1), 2001 (17-4-1), 2002 (15-4-1), 2003 (22-1-1), 2004 (11-7-3), 2006 (12-7-2)