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Joe Zerilla

Coaching ∙ Ambridge

 

 

 

 

Joe Zerilla was a guard on the 1930 Ambridge High School basketball team that compiled a 20-1 record, losing only to Aliquippa in the WPIAL playoffs. He earned All WPIAL honors that year and then went to Duquesne University, where he was a member of the 1930-1931 freshman cage team that rolled to a perfect 30-0 season. For the next three seasons, he played on a strong Duquesne varsity basketball team that compiled a 51-7 record. After graduating from Duquesne in 1934, Joe turned to basketball coaching and had a combined record of 253-73. His 1943 North Catholic High School cagers won the State Catholic title with a perfect 28-0 record. At St Veronica High of Ambridge, his cage teams had a total record of 125-52, winning the Pittsburgh Catholic League title in 1938. He also coached the National Electric basketball team and was player-coach of the famous Sonny Boys semipro cagers. In baseball, Joe managed the 1947 Ambridge Senior Legion team to the state title. He also managed the Ambridge Junior Legion baseball team from 1952 to 1964, winning the Amateur Baseball Federation Junior Title for Western Pennsylvania in 1955 and the State Legion title in 1961, a team on which his son Jim played. Joe managed National Electric baseball teams in 1950-1951 and Moon Township Legion from 1965-1967. He also was a well known college and high school football and basketball official for more than 30 years.