Joseph Purzycki

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Joe Purzycki became a highly successful high school and college football coach after serving as captain of the 1969 University of Delaware football team that won the Lambert Cup. His coaching
career began at Woodbridge High School where he turned around a floundering program. In 1975, Joe moved to Caesar Rodney High School and won the state football championship. Joe was named Delaware
High School Coach of the Year. While at Caesar Rodney, his teams never lost a regular season game while compiling a 33-2 record. From 1978 through 1980 Joe served as defensive backfield coach at his
alma mater. During Joe’s tenure the Blue Hens won the National Small College Championship and had a 32-7 record. Then Joe accepted perhaps his most difficult challenge, the first white head coach at
Delaware State University. In four years the Hornets went from a 2-9 record to a winning 8-2. Joe was selected 1983 MEAC Coach of the Year and named National Coach of the Year in Black College
Football by the Washington D.C. Pigskin Club. Joe then became head coach at James Madison, where he had a 34-30-2 record and won COSIDA Virginia Coach of the Year honors in 1987. Joe was inducted
into the Delaware Afro-American Sports Hall of Fame in 2005.



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