2016 NYSPHSAA Hall of Fame Countdown: Joseph Cipp Jr.
Author: David Almaviva, NYSPHSAA Communications Intern/Joe Agostinelli, NYSPHSAA Director of Communications
Joseph Cipp Jr. is recognized as one of New York State’s most decorated football coaches of all time. Cipp graduated from Sachem High School and earned his Bachelor’s degree from Northeastern University and his Master’s degree at the University of Virginia.
In 1976, Cipp began the Bellport High School (Section 11) varsity football program. During his career, Cipp compiled a 211-87-3 record (.708 winning percentage), including ten Suffolk County Championships and five Long Island Championships.
Coach Cipp saw the value in developing players to play at the collegiate level. He developed 48 All-Long Island players, 17 All-Americans, and four New York State players of the year. With the guidance provided by Coach Cipp, 42 of his athletes were fortunate enough to play Division 1 football on scholarship.
Cipp received countless amounts of awards showing his involvement and elite level of coaching, being named the New York state Coach of the year three times, the Long Island coach of the year five times, the New York Jets High School Coach of the Year, and also the MSG varsity Metro Coach of the Year. In 2007, Cipp was presented the National Football Foundation Honor Award and a lifetime achievement award from the Ultimate Athlete Magazine.
After retiring in 2001, Cipp was inducted into the Long Island Chapter of the National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame, Suffolk Hall of Fame and the Sachem Hall of Fam.