Joseph was a graduate of Apollo -Ridge H.S. and attended Westminster College. Joe was a 3 year letter winner in Football, Basketball and Baseball. As a member of the football team he was a running back, defensive back and kick returner. He averaged over 6.4 yds per carry and ended his career with 2,358 yds rushing.
He was 1st team Indiana Gazette running back, Post Gazette honorable mention and athlete of the week. Joe was Allegheny Conference 1st team as a junior and 1st team running back, defensive back and kick returner as a senior. As a member of the basketball team he averaged 14 pts per game and 6 rebounds. He batted 429 and had 9 triples as a member of the baseball team. Joe also served as a member of the Apollo-Ridge coaching staff for 3 years.