Biography — Corcoran Joseph W

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Joseph W. Corcoran

Joseph W. Corcoran,
Ithaca College
Inducted Class of 1992

Corcoran began his lacrosse career at Geneva High as a four year varsity midfielder from 1937-1941. As team captain in 1941, he led Geneva to the Central New York League Championship. While serving in WWII from 1942-45, Corcoran won the light heavyweight boxing championship.

From 1946-50 at Ithaca College, he initiated the lacrosse program, was the head coach as well as a four year varsity player. During that time, he also played box lacrosse for the North American League , was the football team captain and achieved Little All-American and All-Upstate NY football honors.

In 1956, Corcoran returned to Geneva High to restart and become head coach of the lacrosse program. In 1967, he initiated lacrosse at Corning East High and as the head coach, won league championships in 1968-69, regional championships from 1971-73, and sectional championships in 1975, '77, '79, '80, and '81. His overall record at Corning East was 206 wins and 36 losses. In 1978, Corcoran was elected to the Ithaca College Hall of Fame.

His coaching honors include seven "Coach of the Year" Awards, seven honor awards and the twin tiers "Team of the Decade" Award (Corning East) from 1970-80. In 1981, he received the Hero's Howard E. Johnson Award for the "man who has done the most for lacrosse" and in 1983, Corcoran joined the USLCA's "Two Hundred Club" for head coaches who have won 200 or more games.

In 1990, he was inducted into the US Lacosse Upstate New York Chapter Hall of Fame, and in 1992, into the Geneva Sports Hall of Fame. Joe Corcoran passed away in 1997.

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