Providence Golf Coach Joe Prisco Retires


PROVIDENCE, R.I. - It was announced last month that Joe Prisco has retired from his position as coach of the men's golf team at Providence College. Prisco has been a coach at the college since 1953, coaching a total of 60 years of golf.


'I enjoyed my stay at Providence College and I met so many great folks.' Prisco said, 'I treasure my experience at PC. My time here was very enjoyable.'


Prisco, 93, had many achievements over his time at Providence College, including being elected into the GCAA Hall of Fame in 1987, the Providence College Athletics Hall of Fame in 1989 and receiving the prestigious Golf Coaches Association of America (GCAA) Honor Award. He was also named the winner of the Distinctive Service Award from the New England Intercollegiate Golf Association.


From 1953-60, Prisco coached the Providence College golf team as a club sport and was instrumental in bringing it back to varsity status in 1960. During Prisco's 42 years as head coach of the Friars varsity program, he registered a 403-119-1 mark, led eight teams and 16 individuals to the NCAA Championship and captured two BIG EAST titles. During his career, Prisco was named Division I Coach of the Year eight times.


In 1998, it was announced that Providence College was eliminating men's golf as a varsity sport. The team was allowed to keep its varsity status and compete until May of 2002. The Providence College golf team played its last varsity tournament at the URI Invitational on April 27, 2002.


After the varsity golf team was eliminated in 2002, Prisco continued to coach golf at Providence College as a club sport. He coached at the club level for 10 years. After 60 years of coaching at Providence College, Joe Prisco decided to retire after the 2012 season.


Courtesy Providence Athletic Media Relations