Joe Holup

About This Inductee


A 1952 graduate of Swoyersville High, Holup was a member of both the football and basketball teams. He was an all-league performer for four years in basketball in the North League and led his team to several district titles. In his final two years at Swoyersville, he was named all-state. He was also an outstanding football player, making second-team all-state in his senior year to help Swoyersville capture the Eastern Conference championship. He held Swoyersville’s career basketball scoring record until 1964, when his younger brother Ray broke the mark. He also set a single-game record with 75 points against Wilkes-Barre Township. Following his graduation, Holup continued his basketball career at George Washington University, earning All-America honors in his final two seasons. While at George Washington, Holup set a scoring record for three-year players with 2,226 points, a mark that still stands. Holup played for three teams in the NBA. He was drafted by Syracuse and also played for the Detroit Pistons and the Baltimore Bullets. After his NBA playing days were over, he came back to the Wilkes-Barre area and continued his basketball career with the Wilkes-Barre Barons and Williamsport of the Eastern League.