One the great basketball coaches in Section Five history has passed away.
Joe Marchese won over 300 games at McQuaid. He led the Knights to eight sectional titles and three state titles. Those three state championships came in three consecutive decades (1988, 1997 and 2003).
The first six sectional titles came during an 11-year from from 1987 to 1997. The last two were in 2002 and 2003 when Marchese’s team sent five players to Division I basketball colleges: Jack Leasure (Coastal Carolina), Tyler Relph (West Virginia/St. Bonaventure), Marty O’Sullivan (Fairfield), Ryan Pettinella (Penn/Virginia) and Alphonso Evans (Morgan State)
In 2003, the Knights went 27-0 and won a state championship. The team was ranked in the top ten nationally, rising as high as number two behind Lebron James’ high school team. Marchese was named state coach of the year that season.
He finished with a record of 306-142 after 19 seasons and retired in 2006.
Marchese is a member of the Section Five Basketball Hall of Fame, the Frontier Field Walk of Fame and the McQuaid Athletics Hall of Fame. He was also a 1968 graduate of McQuaid.
He had battled Parkinson’s Disease for many years before his death. He was 68 years old.