Joe Annarella

Joe Annarella
Joe Annarella

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Joe Annarella was one of the most successful and best known coaches in Chautauqua County and that is why he was chosen as one of the four inductees for the Chautauqua Sports Hall of Fame in 1993. Joe Annarella coached six different sports with tremendous success at Cassadaga Valley Central School from 1954-1976.

Born on March 11, 1924 in New Castle, Pennsylvania, Annarella graduated from Union High School, a suburb of New Castle, in 1942 as the valedictorian. An interesting sidelight is that on his 18th birthday he was to report for military duty during World War II, but football coach Milton Pattison went to the draft board and got Annarella an extension of deferment until graduation because of his excellent class standing.

Annarella was class president all four years in high school and played varsity football and basketball in the YMCA and competed in sandlot baseball with his brothers.

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