YEAR OF INDUCTION: 2019
Perhaps best known as the varsity girls' soccer coach who amassed nearly 200 wins, and led his team
to a state sectional championship in 1996, Joe Moffo also contributed to the success of the wrestling,
softball and girls' track & field programs at SHS.
Over a 20-year span, he was involved with either the varsity or the JV girls' soccer teams.
Meanwhile, he also coached wrestling "on and off for 25 years at all three levels." He also logged five
years as the freshman softball coach and four years as either an assistant or the varsity girls’ track
"I have had the privilege of coaching some incredible student-athletes, both boys and girls...
I have watched girls turn into women and boys into men," he said.
"Watching young people develop and grow is one of the most rewarding experiences of being a
teacher and a coach."
He also credits someone else for his extensive coaching résumé .
"(My wife) Barb knew how much I loved coaching and without her support all those years I
could have never been so involved with sports," Joe said.
In addition to his myriad duties at Steinert, he also started the Hamilton PAL wrestling
program. "There were many years I coached wrestling at Steinert and ran the PAL wrestling program
in the evenings," he said. "During wrestling season, I was at school more than I was home."
Since June of 2015, Joe and Barb, who have been married more than 40 years, have lived in
Scotland, as do their son Michael and his family. Son Christopher and his family are in Chicago.
Moffo was never afraid of hard work and he understood the value of working toward a goal,
especially at the high-school level.
"High School was a very important time in my education and sports were a big part of that,"
said Moffo, who was born and raised in Princeton where he was involved in wrestling and soccer.
"I became a teacher to give back what teachers gave me, for when I was growing up, my home
life was very difficult and if it wasn't for teachers and my mother, I would've never been a
teacher," he said. "I have so much gratitude first and foremost for my family and my few close
friends. We all have our personal struggles and I surely have had mine, but I have always been
proud to have taught and coached and, simply, I tried to make athletes better people."
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