Joe Bressi, 2014 Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame Inducteeby Representative Lou Barletta
Posted on 2014-12-11
in the house of representatives
Thursday, December 11, 2014
Mr. BARLETTA. Mr. Speaker, I am proud to recognize Joe Bressi for his
recent induction into the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame.
Mr. Bressi has had a long and successful career as an athletic coach, where he has demonstrated an exceptional ability to lead his teams to victory. His career highlights include: Ten seasons as the head coach of the Bishop McDevitt High School girls basketball program, finishing with a 238-40 record, eight conference titles, five District 3 titles, and appearances in two state championships.
Eight years with the Bloomsburg University women's basketball program, where he finished with a 175-47 record and led the team to seven PSAC East titles, one PSAC playoff title, and four NCAA Division II tournaments. During the 1988-1989 season, his team became the first NCAA Division II women's team to go undefeated.
Six years with the Lycoming College men's basketball program, where the team had a record of 97-53 and reached the NCAA Division III tournament twice.
For his hard work and dedication, Mr. Bressi was inducted into the Pennsylvania Basketball Hall of Fame, two regional chapters of Pennsylvania's Sports Hall of Fame, and the Hall of Fame at East Stroudsburg where he attended college. During his time at Lycoming, he received the Middle Atlantic Conference Coach of the Year award twice. He also coached three Freedom Conference Players of the Year, two rookies of the year, and nine all-conference picks.
In 2000, Mr. Bressi left Lycoming College to become the director of athletics for Central Dauphin High School, where he worked for 11 years. Mr. Bressi retired, but shortly returned to coaching in 2013 as the head girl's basketball coach at Bishop McDevitt High School.
Mr. Speaker, Mr. Bressi has shown outstanding athletic achievement and coaching ability, leading his teams over 500 victories. Therefore, I commend him on his induction into the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame and wish him the best in his future endeavors.