Joe Terrasi

Former Varsity Basketball Coach

Blog Author, Trainers - Chicago

Joe joined PCA as a trainer in 2006. In June 2016, he assumed the role Lead Trainer - Chapter Support. In this role, Joe is responsible for mentoring PCA trainers and supporting the development of trainer teams in emerging chapters.

A native of Detroit, Joe competed in youth and high school football, hockey, baseball, basketball, and soccer. He moved to Chicago to attend Loyola University Chicago and began coaching young women's basketball in 1989. He has coached young men and women from 4th grade through college.

In 2003 he became the first girls varsity basketball coach at Gordon Tech High School. In their first two years of membership in the Girls Catholic Athletic Conference, Gordon Tech's girls garnered two divisional titles.

In 2004, Joe became Gordon Tech's athletic director and physical education department chair. In that role, Joe managed all aspects of fielding 16 sports and supervised over 50 coaches. As athletic director, Joe wrote his school's athletic handbook. He also served as director of technology and director of instruction, playing a role in setting school policy and procedures in both athletics and academics.

Joe completed his Master of Education degree in Instructional Leadership at Loyola University Chicago and has served in a variety of school leadership roles including assistant principal and instructional mentor. He continues to coach basketball in both high school and youth programs and is the parent of a high school ice hockey player. He is passionate about the inclusion and empowerment of all youth athletes.

When not coaching or training, Joe is a working musician in the Chicago area.

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