Joseph Iacone (born 1940) is a former American football running back. He played college football at West Chester State University from 1960 to 1962 where he was twice named a Little All-America and All-East fullback. He was the leading rusher in NCAA Division II as a sophomore and set career and single-season Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference rushing and scoring records that remained unbroken for two to three decades. He averaged 139.5 yards per game over his three years at West Chester, which ranked second all-time in NCAA Division II history at the time.
Iacone was born in 1940. He attended Radnor High School in Radnor Township, Pennsylvania, where he earned high school All-American honors in football, and also participated in track and basketball. In 2003, he was part of the first group of athletes inducted into the Radnor High School Hall of Fame.
Iacone played college football at West Chester State University from 1960 to 1962. He was twice named as one of 11 small college players selected by the Associated Press for its Little All-America team. He received the honor in 1961 and 1962,and was also selected to the All-East team in 1960 and 1961. He also became the third player in Pennsylvania State College Football Conference history to be selected as a first-team all-conference player in three consecutive years: 1960, 1961, and 1962.
Iacone earned the nickname the "Radno Ripper" while playing football at West Chester.He was able to play fullback on both offense and defense. However, he played principally on offense. West Chester coach, Jim Bonder, told reporters in 1962: "We could use Joe both ways, but you can't expect a boy to run the ball 30 times a game and still play defense."
Iacone was later inducted into the West Chester University Athletic Hall of Fame.
As a sophomore in 1960, Iacone rushed for a school record 1,438 yards in nine games, an average of 160 yards per game. In November 1960, he rushed for 201 yards and scored three touchdowns against Bloomsburg State.Iacone's season rushing total gave him the 1960 NCAA Division II rushing championship.
As a junior in 1961, Iacone rushed for 1,059 yards.In November 1961, he rushed for 239 yards and two touchdowns in a 21–0 victory over Slippery Rock to lead West Chester to the Pennsylvania State College Football Conference championship. In a story about the game, The New York Times focused on Iacone's performance: "Iacone, a 185-pound junior, carried the ball thirty-three times as West Chester wore down Slippery Rock in the last three quarters." That same month, Sports Illustrated cited Iacone as a small college player who was "good enough to play on any football team." The article stated: "West Chester (Pa.) State Fullback Joe Iacone, for instance, the stubby, broad-armed young man shown above. As a sophomore Iacone crushed the bid of Northeast Missouri's Dale Mills to win his third straight national rushing crown. Last fall he gained nearly a mile (1,438 yards, to be exact), finishing the season with a wild, 199-yard day against Lock Haven."
As a senior, Iacone broke his own West Chester record with 1,486 rushing yards. In November 1962, the Associated Press reported: "They have a saying at West Chester State College: 'As Iacone goes so will the football team.'"In the December 1962 Cement Bowl, he gained 190 yards and scored two touchdowns to lead West Chester to a 46–12 upset victory over Hofstra University. Prior to the Cement Bowl, The New York Times wrote: "Coach Howdy Myers of Hofstra was chiefly concerned with his team's ability to contain West Chester's mercurial Joe Iacone. This fleet, shifty 185-pound fullback gained 1,270 yards on 196 rushes and scored 16 touchdowns this season."
At the end of his playing career at West Chester, Iacone noted that he regretted that many of the eastern schools refused to play West Chester: "That really bothers me. I wished they played us. Possibly they are just afraid of being beaten."
Iacone was West Chester's leading rusher for three straight years.His 1960 rushing yardage was good for the NCAA Division II rushing title, and his 1962 total was a single-season West Chester rushing record that stood for 40 years. His 1960 and 1962 totals still rank as the second and fourth highest total in the school's history. His career total of 3,983 yards was the West Chester record until 1990 and still ranks second best in the school's history.
Iacone also set the Pennsylvania State College Football Conference, now known as the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC), scoring record with 288 points in three seasons, a record that was not broken until 1993.He also tied the conference's single-game scoring record by scoring five touchdowns for 30 points in his final regular season game for West Chester. His 1960 and 1962 rushing totals stood as the best two single-season totals in PSAC history for more than 25 years, finally being exceeded in 1989. He also held the PSAC record for career rushing yardage until 1984.
Iacone averaged 139.5 yards per game over his three years at West Chester, which ranked second all-time in NCAA Division II history at the time.
He was drafted in the 13th round of the 1963 NFL Draft by the Philadelphia Eagles.He played with the Eagles during the pre-season, but was cut by the team in August 1963. Iacone said at the time, "I was just too small. And I was very nervous and tight. I was just starting to get over my nervousness and I was on my way home." He added, "I think they gave me a fair chance. I just wish I had had more time. ... I'm glad I had the chance because I learned so much more about football." He spent the fall of 1963 playing semi pro football and working in a sporting good store.
Iacone signed with the Boston Patriots of the American Football League in 1964, but was released during training camp
In October 1963, Iacone was hired as a physical education teacher in the Penn-Delco School District.
In 1967, Iacone became a teacher and football coach at The Haverford School, an all-boys preparatory school in Haverford, Pennsylvania. After several years, he left teaching to enter the business world. He returned to Haverford in approximately 1988. He retired in June 2008.
The Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) is a collegiate athletic conference that participates in the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division II level. The conference is currently composed of 17 full-time members within Pennsylvania and 1 in West Virginia. The conference headquarters are located in Lock Haven, Pennsylvania and staffed by a commissioner, two assistant commissioners, and a director of media relations.
Anthony Drew Dorsett is a former American football running back who played professionally in the National Football League (NFL) for the Dallas Cowboys and Denver Broncos.
Lance Dwight Alworth is an American former professional football player who was a wide receiver for the San Diego Chargers of the American Football League (AFL) and National Football League (NFL) and Dallas Cowboys of the NFL. He played for 11 seasons, from 1962 through 1972, and was elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1978. He was the first player inducted whose playing career was principally in the AFL. Alworth is also a member of the College Football Hall of Fame.
Sanford Emory Stephens II was an American college football player and civic leader. Stephens was born and raised in the Pittsburgh area city of Uniontown, Pennsylvania and is best known for his career as a college football quarterback at the University of Minnesota, where he became one of the first African-American quarterbacks in major college football and the first African American to be named an All-American at quarterback. He was a member of Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity.
Emlen Lewis Tunnell, sometimes known by the nickname "The Gremlin", was an American professional football player and coach. He was the first African American to play for the New York Giants and also the first to be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.
The East Coast Conference was an NCAA Division I college athletic conference. It was founded as the university division of the Middle Atlantic Conferences (MAC) in 1958. The MAC consisted of over 30 teams at that time, making it impossible to organize full league schedules in sports like football, basketball, and baseball. In 1958, the larger schools created their own mini-conference, consisting of 11 members.
Wes Cates is a former professional Canadian football running back.
The Wyoming Cowboys football program represents the University of Wyoming in college football. They compete in the Mountain West Conference of the Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) of NCAA Division I and have won 14 conference titles. The head coach is Craig Bohl, who entered his first season in 2014.
The Kutztown Golden Bears are the sports teams that represent Kutztown University of Pennsylvania, located in Kutztown, Pennsylvania. Kutztown University is a member of NCAA Division II and competes in the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC). The university sponsors eight men's and thirteen women's intercollegiate sports. In 2007–08, Kutztown University added women’s lacrosse and women’s bowling to the list of varsity sports that it offers.
The 2008 NCAA Division II football season, part of college football in the United States organized by the National Collegiate Athletic Association at the Division II level, began on August 30, 2008, and concluded with the NCAA Division II Football Championship on December 15, 2008 at Braly Municipal Stadium in Florence, Alabama, hosted by the University of North Alabama. The Minnesota–Duluth Bulldogs defeated the Northwest Missouri State Bearcats, 21–14, to win their first Division II national title.
Joshua Allen Portis is an American football quarterback who is a free agent. He previously played for the Toronto Argonauts and Winnipeg Blue Bombers of the Canadian Football League (CFL), and in the National Football League (NFL) for the Seattle Seahawks, who first signed him as an undrafted free agent out of college in 2011.
The IUP Crimson Hawks football program represents Indiana University of Pennsylvania in college football at the NCAA Division II level. The Crimson Hawks play their home games at George P. Miller Stadium in Indiana, Pennsylvania.
Dennis Douds is a former American football coach and former player. Until his retirement on Oct. 27, 2018, he had been a football coach at East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania since 1966 and the head football coach there since 1974. With 230 career coaching wins, he ranks 11th in wins among all active college football coaches across all divisions of the NCAA and NAIA. He played football at Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania, from which he graduated in 1963.
The 2007 Delaware Fightin' Blue Hens football team represented the University of Delaware in the 2007 NCAA Division I FCS football season. This was the program's first season of play in the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA). K. C. Keeler served as head coach for the sixth season. He previously brought the Blue Hens to the FCS championship game, winning it in 2003. In 2007, the team made it to the championship game again after posting an 11–3 record, but lost to the Appalachian State Mountaineers, 49–21.
The West Chester Golden Rams represent West Chester University of Pennsylvania, which is located in West Chester, Pennsylvania, in intercollegiate sports. They compete in the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference (PSAC) in NCAA Division II.
Joe Lombardi is an American basketball coach currently the head coach for the Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP) Crimson Hawks of Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference in NCAA Division II. Prior to taking the head coaching position at IUP, Lombardi served as an assistant coach, including a nine-year tenure at La Salle University and three season under Jamie Dixon at the University of Pittsburgh. In his fourth season with the Crimson Hawks in 2009–10, Lombardi led the team to the 2010 NCAA Men's Division II Basketball Championship where they were defeated by the Cal Poly Pomona Broncos. Following the season, Lomardi was named as the 2010 Basketball Times Division II National Coach of the Year.
Slippery Rock football, known as The Rock, is the college football team at Slippery Rock University in Slippery Rock, Pennsylvania. Slippery Rock competes in the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference which is a part of NCAA Division II football. They play their home games at Mihalik-Thompson Stadium, a 10,000-seat capacity stadium named after Rock coaches N. Kerr Thompson and George Mihalik.
West Chester University of Pennsylvania is a public university in Chester County, Pennsylvania. WCU is the largest of the 14 state universities of the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education (PASSHE) and the sixth largest university in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania. The university is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.
The 1962 Hofstra Flying Dutchmen football team represented Hofstra College during the 1962 NCAA College Division football season. Hofstra finished with an overall record of 8–2 in its 22nd season of varsity play. After a successful regular season in which Hofstra went 8–1 and outscored its opponents 175 to 83, the Flying Dutchmen were invited to their first bowl game – the Cement Bowl, played in Allentown, Pennsylvania. They lost the bowl game to West Chester, 46–12. Their head coach was Howdy Myers and their captains were Dick Caproni and Ron Zoia.
Damien Blair is the men's head basketball coach at West Chester.
Mr. Iacone left teaching to enter the business world for several years, but his love of teaching drew him back to Haverford. Since he returned 20 years ago, Mr. Iacone has been a beloved teacher and coach at our school.