Above, PCA's Jim Thompson, the country' s top expert in positive coaching education, speaks to over 300 high-school athletes at a workshop held at the University of Scranton. The event was co-sponsored by the Bochicchio Sports Character Initiative.
Those who play youth and high school sports deserve to be taken seriously.
The Bochicchio Sports Character Initiative is managed by a group of educators, coaches, and athletic administrators in Northeastern Pennsylvania. These individuals volunteer their time to promote responsible coaching in youth sports. The group dedicates itself to compiling and presenting the very best coaching principles available. Affiliated with such nationally recognized organizations as the American Sports Education Program and the Positive Coaching Alliance, the Bochicchio Initiative sponsors coaching workshops, facilitates communication between sports organizations, and works with youth sports programs to build enriching athletic environments that honor the game, enhance player development, and treat participants with due respect. Since its inception in 2007, the Bochicchio Sports Character Initiative has trained over 1500 coaches, administrators, and student-athletes in the Northeastern Pennsyvlvania region.
The 2007 Bochicchio Sports Character Initiative Soccer Coaching Workshop in honor of Joe Bochicchio. Attendees included: (l to r) Jeff Bochicchio, Steve Klingman (University of Scranton Associate Athletic Director and former U of S soccer coach), Matt Pivirotto (University of Scranton men's soccer coach),Sandy Bochicchio,Gus Esgro, Colleen Pivirotto (University of Scranton women's soccer coach), Eilleen Sodano, Steve Davis, Jack O' Malley (Chair, Bochicchio Initiative), and Chris Davis.(women's soccer coach, Baptist Bible College).
Former Duke basketball star Steve Vacendak (left) joined ESPN Executive VP John Walsh (right) and Scranton Times columnist Donnie Collins (center) at the University of Scranton during a youth sports conference co-sponsored by the Bochicchio Sports Character Initiative in 2011.
These components of excellence earned this decorated coach national recognition in Division III NCAA athletics.
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Joe Bochicchio was the Head Women's Soccer coach at the University of Scranton from 1984-2006 He was revered as a man who was able to combine brilliantly the pursuit of moral excellence with an absolutely ncredible success on the field. For example, in 23 seasons of conference play, his teams put together an extraordinary record of 115-10-4 (.907). He coached many teams that were nationally ranked, including three teams that he coached all the way to the quarterfinals of the NCAA national championships. Especially worth highlighting is the fact that his 1985 team was the only Division III team in the country to earn a ranking in the Division I top 20. His 298 career wins places him among the top coaches of all-time in all divisions of NCAA women's soccer.
A native of the Scranton area, Joe is a member of the University of Scranton Wall of Fame as well as the Northeastern PA chapter of the Pennsylvania Hall of Fame. He won four "Coach of the Year" awards at the conference level but was also a four-time choice as NSCAA Regional Coach of the Year. He has been enshrined in the Middle Atlantic Conference Hall of Fame.
Beyond all of this, Joe was loved and admired widely as one of the true gentlemen of the game. He always maintained a humble and reserved demeanor, in spite of his team's substantial success. He cared for his players, and he honored the game. In essence, one could say that he pursued excellence in every sense of the word.