Joe Sinicrope
Coach
Inducted in 2004
Joe arrived at Suffield High School in 1964 to begin his teaching career in the subjects of Social Studies and Mathematics. In 1967, he became an assistant track coach launching a coaching career that continues to this day. In 1972, he became head coach of track and field and shortly thereafter established the first indoor track team in Suffield history. For a 5-year period in the 1970’s, Joe also coached the boys cross-country team. He's still coaching SHS athletics after nearly 50 years, and what an illustrious career it has been!

The first notable taste of victory occurred in 1970 when the boys track and field team won the NCCC Championship with Joe as an assistant coach. After being named head coach, the league championships really began to mount up as his boys teams won consecutive titles from 1973 to 1980. Their dual meet record under Joe’s tutelage was 226-88, including undefeated seasons in 1979, 1980 and 1986. In both 1985 and 1986, they finished second in their quest for a state championship. In recent years, Joe also spent time coaching the girls track and field program, as well as the boys, and he had success in that arena as well. Over the last six years, the boys won their first State Championship in 1998, and the girls won NCCC Championships in 2000 and 2002, and followed up with State Championships in the same years.

In coaching the indoor track team, Joe has been no less successful. His boys teams have captured two league titles (1998 and 1999), a State Runner-Up Title in 1998, and a State Championship in 1999. He coached the girls teams to five consecutive NCCC Championships beginning in 1999, three State Runner-Up titles (1999, 2001, 2002) and a State Championship in 2000. Two of his relay teams (boys 4x800 and girls 4x1 mile) captured Nike All-American designations.

Joe has been active in the Connecticut Interscholastic Athletic Conference and the Connecticut High School Coaches Association for a number of years and has been the NCCC Meet Director for over 25 years. He was named the Connecticut High School Outstanding Boys Track Coach in 1990 and there have been a number of Meet Awards named in his honor.  In 2016, the Suffield High School Track itself was named after Joe.   
Aside from his coaching exploits, Joe is himself an avid runner and at one time held the 48th longest streak in the nation for running on consecutive days, over 27 years! He was the USA Track and Field Eastern Masters Indoor 1500 meters Champion in 1996 for the 50-54 age group and was later ranked number 3 for that same distance in the 60-64 age group. He was a member of the USA Track and Field Half Marathon Championship Team (Age 50-59) in 1993 and 1994 and has won numerous road races for his age group in Connecticut, Massachusetts, and New Hampshire.