2012 Inductee

Joe Kelly

Joe Kelly

What a wonderful man he was! During his high school career at Dorsey High School, he played three years of football and baseball before his graduation in 1943.

After graduation, Joe joined the U.S. Army Paratroopers and trained at Fort Benning. He was assigned to the 517th Combat Team which participated in Italy, France, and Belgium. He landed in Europe on D-Day and participated in many battles, including the Battle of the Bulge.

After his discharge from the U.S. Army in 1945, Joe entered the University of Southern California, where he played football for four years. He graduated in 1950 and got his first job at Emerson Junior High School in Pomona.

Joe continued his teaching and coaching career, moving to Eagle Rock High School in 1952. There he coached football and baseball for twelve years, winning many Northern League titles. Joe was a totally dedicated person to his favorite sports, football and baseball. He showed such leadership that he was selected to coach the Breightbardt All-Star Football Game in 1963, and the Shrine All-Star Game in 1964.In 1965, Joe was elected president of the Los Angeles City Coaches Association.

Joe came to Pierce College in 1966, where he coached football and baseball. He was still coaching baseball when he became ill. He passed away in 1982. The baseball field at Pierce College is named Joe Kelly Field to honor his excellence as a teacher, coach and human being.

Teacher, Coach, Sportsman,Gentleman

Joe Kelly