“I’ve seen some great teachers around the game — Hubie Brown, Rick Pitino — and Joe has the knack. A lot of people out there know the game, but they can’t teach it. Joe can teach the game. That’s unique ability.”
Mike Brey, University of Notre Dame
    • Has averaged 23.3 wins per year in his 20 years as head coach. All of this after taking over a program that had won just six games before his arrival.
    • He has led O’Connell to 5 Virginia State Independent Titles, 3 WCAC Regular Season Titles, 4 Alhambra Catholic Invitational Titles, and 2 WCAC Tournament Title in the past 14 years.
    • Selected as the Arlington County Coach of the Year four times, WCAC Coach of the Year once, and Virginia State Independent Coach of the Year three times.
    • Known for developing coaches, he has had one college head coach, five Division 1 assistant coaches, and six head high school coaches work with him before advancing in their career.
    • 45 of his former players currently play or have played college athletics.
    • Was a former assistant at Division I Furman University, where he was the youngest assistant coach in the NCAA.
    • Named by Washingtonian Magazine as one of the “100 people to watch” in Washington in the 21st Century.
    • Has spoken at clinics throughout the country including South Carolina, Colorado, Minnesota, Delaware, Missouri, Michigan, and Pennsylvania.
    • Played and started at DeMatha on a team that posted a record of 30–0 and finished the season ranked No. 5 in the country.
    • Five of his former players have played professional basketball overseas, and one is currently in the NBA.
  • Member of the McDonald’s All-American Basketball game selection committee.
  • Member of the Adidas Nations Coaching Staff.