Howell Township resident Joe Napoli is surely one of the nation's finest throwing events coaches.
He has worked wonders the past decade-and-a-half at Georgian Court University in Lakewood and as anindependent coach to an array of top throwers in the high school and college ranks, a list topped byDonovan Catholic High School/ UCLA great Alyssa Wilson, javelin star Mike Brazzell, current Princeton starTyler Konopka and Southern Regional HS pheenom Fabian Gonzalez....and many more.
Cheers again for Joe (who'd been a Shore AC stalwart before focusing on coaching) and his World's Longest Throwers group!
Here is the official message from Coach Joe:
"After 15 years, I have officially retired from coaching at Georgian Court University. It has certainly been a great ride and thankful to all at GCU for trusting and believing in my vision, passion and ability to grow a throws program from nothing to one of the best programs in the NCAA. I am proud to have coached and mentored so many young student-athletes giving them the opportunity to be the best they could be in our sport and hopefully in life. Although I will no longer have the time to coach at GCU I will however still continue to train on Sundays with my throws club. As long as I still have the passion, ability and energy to coach you know I will!! Now it's onto the next chapter in my life spending more time with Ellen and my family watching our grandchildren grow up...very exciting!! "