Joseph Palovick

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Joe Palovick has always epitomized the meaning of a true scholar athlete. Even while participating in three varsity sports, Joe managed to graduate as Mount Carmel Area’s Valedictorian in 1985. As a collegian, Palovick would earn a Bachelor of Science in Engineering with Distinction in 1990 from prestigious Swarthmore College. He would also graduate from the University of Pennsylvania with a Masters Degree in Electrical Engineering in 1992. Swarthmore is the home of 5 Nobel Prize winners, presidential candidate Michael Dukakis, author James Michener, Eugene Lang, founder of the Make-A-Wish Foundation, and Robert Maxwell, for whom the Maxwell Award is named.

Joey began his athletic career as a three-year starter at linebacker for coach Jazz Diminick. His teams would go 23-11 from 1983-85. Both the 83 and 84 teams would earn wildcard spots in the Eastern Conference Playoffs, but would end up on the short end in games with North Pocono, 0-13, and Wyoming Area, 3-9. As a co-captain of the 85 team, Palovick would lead the squad in tackles with 87, while being named a first team linebacker by the Susquehanna Conference and to a second team spot by the Reading Eagle. Joey was a two-time Big 33 nominee and would be given the Bobby Pizzoli Award and Len Eshmont Award, as well as, the Brian Piccolo Award by the Mount Carmel-Shamokin Unico. Joe’s 255 career tackles was the 4th best career total in MCA history at the time of graduation. He also chipped in with 8.5 QB sacks, 4 fumble recoveries and 8 TD’s while playing for Big Red. Palovick was also named the Ed Romance Chapter’s 8th scholar athlete in 1986.

Following graduation, Joe took his talents to Division III Swarthmore College to play for coach Fran Meagher. He became a three-year letter winner and started for 2 years as a linebacker for the Garnet Tide, ranking in the top 3 in tackles in each of his starting campaigns. The Tide participated in the Centennial Conference against the likes of Gettysburg, Franklin and Marshall, John Hopkins, and Ursinas. Unfortunately, after Joe’s graduation in 1990, Swarthmore would experience a decline and experience a 28 game losing streak in the late 90’s, leading to the program being dropped after the 2000 season after 122 years.

Joe now makes his home in Moorestown, NJ with his wife Lisa; two sons Anthony, Nicholas, and daughter Gina. He is employed by Formation, Inc as a Principal Engineer and serves as the statistician for the Moorestown High School football team.

Categories: 2009 Hall of Fame