Joe Hemphill

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When Joe Hemphill retired in 2014 from St. Elizabeth’s High in Wilmington he had coached more football games (430) than any other Delaware high school coach. Hemphill, a St. Elizabeth’s graduate,
was St. E’s coach for 42 seasons and the school’s athletic director for 41 years. Hemphill led the Vikings to three Division II state championships (1994, 1996 and 2010). His teams were state
Division II runners-up in 1999 and 2000. He was the state’s coach of the year in 1989, 1994 and 2000. His overall record at St. E’s is 237-180-13. Hemphill’s victory total is number five all-time in
the state. Hemphill is a two-time coach of the Blue team in the annual Blue-Gold game. He was the Blue-Gold camp director for 15 years. He also served St. E’s as a guidance counselor, psychology
teacher and golf coach. Hemphill played quarterback at St. E’s and at Wesley College. After graduating from Delaware State, he planned to take a job in sales for a Wilmington liquor distributor. But
when the St. E’s principal asked Hemphill to take over as the school’s football coach, luckily for St. E’s he changed career paths.



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