Birthdate: January 16, 1938
Birthplace: Cincinnati, Ohio
High School: Cincinnati Purcell (1956)
College: Xavier University (1960, 1968)
When he became the first head basketball coach at Kettering Alter High School in 1964 at the tender age of 26, Joe Petrocelli couldn’t have had any idea what was in store for him. Who would expect to win 800 games and still be coaching at the same school 46 years later? Only one other coach in Ohio has won 700 games, let alone 800. And very few have the interest and energy to be coaching when they’re 73 years old. Petrocelli has had a remarkable run at Alter. His teams have won three state championships (1978, 1999, 2001), 24 district titles and eight regional crowns. Under his guidance, the Knights had a 77-game home court winning streak from 1971 to 1981. He has coached two future NBA players – brothers Jim and John Paxson – and many who received Division I college scholarships. Going into his 47th season, Petrocelli had an 800-287 record and a .736 winning percentage.