Joe Parisi Retires After 28 Seasons
Joe Parisi, the Head Baseball Coach at La Salle College High School since 1987, retired after thirty-two seasons with the program (four as the JV Coach and twenty-eight as the Head Coach). His record at the varsity level was 453 wins and 238 losses and he leaves as the second winningest coach in the history of athletics at the school. (Obie O'Brien won 541 games in 34 seasons as the Head Basketball Coach.) During that 28-year span, Parisi's teams made the playoffs every season but two, advanced to nine Philadelphia Catholic League Championship games, and won four Philadelphia Catholic League Championships. In addition, he won three consecutive District 12 (City) Championships and two Pennsylvania State Championships - the second of which, on June 13, 2014, was his final game as Head Coach of the Explorers. He was subsequently selected as Coach Of The Year by The Philadelphia Inquirer. Over 70 of his players have gone on to play at the collegiate level and five of his players were either drafter or played professionally. He will remain as a member of the faculty and continue to serve as both the Athletic Director at the school as well as the Baseball Moderator for the Philadelphia Catholic League.