Joe Sanfilippo retired from the high school football coaching ranks in 1982, but when one thinks about the top coaches his name is always brought up for his accomplishments. Sanfilippo had incredible success while winning numerous championships at Gallup, New Mexico, Salamanca and finally at his alma mater, Jamestown High School.Sanfilippo was an outstanding football player for Jamestown coach Dent Moon and in his senior season of 1942 was named co-captain with Pete Wilson. That season the Red Raiders compiled a 6-1-1 record for the first winning season that the school had since being 6-3 in 1934.
In Sanfilippo's final game he kicked the winning field goal from 18 yards away with 1:50 left to give the Red Raiders a 10-7 victory over Erie Academy. That field goal in a downpour on November 20 was believed to be the first made by the Red Raiders since Neil Brown connected against Olean 16 years earlier in 1926.