“I have had the attitude my whole life that I was a Marauder,” Joe told the paper. “I have coached in different school districts across Pennsylvania and other parts of the country where I lived, but I always had that feeling for the Marauder nation. It was a real honor for me to come back and help the school.”
Joe took over for Chris Drenning, who served as the athletic director for the past year, but needed to step down because of the time constraints of his full time job. “Joe will do fine, and he’s got a great background in athletics,” Chris said. “He’s a graduate of the school. He’ll do a great job, and I look forward to working with him.”
Joe Landolfi was the starting center for the BG boys’ basketball team when the Marauders won a Pennsylvania Catholic Interscholastic Athletic Association Class A basketball championship in 1967. After graduation, he went on to play basketball at UMass, and has coached and run basketball camps for years. He most recently served as an assistant coach for the Moshannon Valley girls basketball team and helped that program reach the playoffs in consecutive seasons.
He says that coming back to BG is bigger than athletics. “It’s not just about Catholic kids or athletics, it’s about being a liaison to the public and letting them know Bishop Guilfoyle is much more. We have terrific programs. It’s about community, and our success is very important to a successful community.”