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Joe Ceravolo

Coaching ∙ Aliquippa

 

 

 

 

Although Joe Ceravolo starred in both basketball and baseball at Aliquippa High School, most of his long career in athletics has been as a highly successful cage coach on three levels. At Aliquippa High School, he was a three year basketball starter and as a senior led the Quips to the WPIAL championship game in 1947, earning recognition as All Section and All WPIAL. Joe also had a big year in baseball in 1947: he was the star shortstop for the Quips as they won the WPIAL title that year and also excelled in American legion baseball, where he was picked for the All Star game and for the Aliquippa VFW baseball team that won the 1947 title. During his basketball career at Davis & Elkins College in West Virginia, Joe was coached by Press Maravich and played on three conference championship teams, helping his club reach the NAIA semifinals in 1950 and being named team captain as a senior. After graduating from college, Joe played Class AA baseball in the Georgia-Florida League and decided to stay in the Sunshine State, where he piled up more than 400 victories as a basketball coach for a winning percentage over 70 percent. His Florida high school teams won over 270 games including a state title at Twin Lakes High in 1971. Joe became cage coach at Palm Beach Junior College in 1976 and also won a state championship there, making him the first coach in Florida history to win state crowns on both levels. His first team as coach of the West Palm Beach Stingrays in the US Basketball League, a spring league that prepares college grads for pro careers, lost the division title game, and in 1989 the Stingrays reached the league championship game. Joe originated the 1-4 offense and has written several basketball books.