For more than 30 years, Joe Staley ‘72 has been a fixture in the classroom and on the basketball court at Chaminade Julienne Catholic High School. Early in 2019, it was announced Staley would be retiring from both teaching and coaching at the end of the school year.
During his first year of coaching the Eagles, Staley taught at a different high school. Both schools played against each other that season.
“So, I coached against the kids I taught,” Staley explained. “We won that game as the final game of the regular season.”
During his time at CJ, Staley saw his five children, Sarah ‘02, Megan ‘04, Emily ‘07, Joe ‘10 and John ‘12, attend and graduate from his alma mater. Along with teaching, Staley served as a mentor for a number of students.
On the court, Staley holds the title as the winningest coach in school history with a record of 449-343. He guided the Eagles to more than 10 GCL championships, numerous regional championships, nine district championships, and multiple trips to the state’s final four, including a state runner-up finish in 1991 and Division II final four in 2015. Staley was also named the GCL Coach of the Year eight times.
Staley was inducted into the CJ Athletic Hall of Fame in 2005 as a special inductee for his service to coaching. He coached 14 players who signed with DI schools and dozens of others who have played or are currently playing in DII and DIII schools.
“As a coach the thing you remember the most are all the players you were lucky enough to work with,” Staley said “I really enjoy when past players come back for games or come by practice. Coaching my two sons was a big highlight, along with the Final Four teams, but I've got a lot of good memories of every team.”
Staley concluded, “CJ has been a very important part of my life. I'm grateful to have taught and coached here and I've always been proud to be a member of the CJ faculty.”
Friends and former students shared their well wishes for Staley on the CJ Alumni Facebook page. Here are just some of their comments:
- Ron Boggs: Congratulations Mr. Staley!! You had a huge impact on what has become my lifelong love of history. You’re an incredible educator and man. Thank you for what you did to enrich myself and the CJ community.
- Lenise Sanford Knight: Congratulations!!! A career well done!!!! God Bless!
- Cooper Marie: Congratulations Mr. Staley!! You have influenced so many young minds over the years; thank you for your love of your craft in both teaching and coaching. Enjoy your next chapter!
- Stuart Mason: Congratulations to a fellow Eagle! Well deserved retirement.
- Mallory Smith: Congratulations Mr. Staley!! What a legacy you’ve left behind. I hope you enjoy every moment of retirement!
Posted May 28, 2019