Joseph F. Lalli

About This Inductee

Joe graduated from Dunmore High School in 1976, where he lettered 3 years in baseball and basketball. He averaged 30 points per basketball game in his senior year, with a game high of 68 points. His basketball jersey has been retired by Dunmore High School. He also played basketball with the Lackawanna League All-Stars for 2 years. He received a basketball scholarship to George Washington University, where he again lettered 3 years in each sport. He was All-Southern Conference in his senior year in bas­ketball, averaging 17 points per game. He was MVP award winner in both his junior and senior years. In baseball, he led the nation in his senior year in stolen base percentage, Division I, and hit .407. He was also named to Topps All-South Team as shortstop. He was inducted into George Washington University’s Hall of Fame in 1986. Following graduation, he played with the Scranton Miners of the Eastern Professional Basketball League during the 1968-69 seasons. He has functioned as a head baseball coach for 2 years, 5 at Bishop Klonowski High School, 13 years at Scranton Prep High School, and 2 years at Abington Heights High School, where he still coaches. His record thus far is 188 wins-109 losses with a .633 winning percentage. His teams have won 3 District 2 baseball titles. Joe also functioned as a PIAA basketball and football official for 25 and 30 years respectively; Scranton Chapter Basketball Officials interpreter for 15 years; worked state finals in basketball; college basketball/football official for 25 years; worked Division I basketball for 5 years. As of July, 1999, he will be District 2 Officials’ Representative and has been District 2 basketball rules inter­preter for 10 years. Joe has been married to the former Carmel Ann Caruso for 28 years, and they have two children, Jill, 25, and Joey, 23.