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  • Honoring Athletes, Coaches and Benefactors whose outstanding performance has earned them the right to be enshrined in the
    Sussex County Sports Hall of Fame!


















    The Sussex County Sports Hall of Fame

     2006  Inductee



    1956 graduate of Atlantic Highlands High School; 1961 graduate of University of Nebraska; inducted for his basketball coaching and scouting accomplishments 

    At the high school level, was a coach for eleven seasons; was the first High Point Regional High School basketball coach and coached there for seven years; was the NJ Herald Coach of the Year in 1970-1971 and Northeast Nebraska Coach of the Year in 1963-64; was inducted into the High Point Regional High School Hall of Fame in 2004; conducted summer camps and coaches clinics in Sussex County; also coached in Nebraska and Iowa  

    At the college level, was assistant coach at William Paterson College for five seasons carrying out coaching, scouting and recruiting responsibilities; directed the Joe Ash Basketball Scouting Services for NCAA Division I basketball teams and the NBA  

    In the National Basketball Association, was a part time scout for several years for various NBA teams; was a scout for the Philadelphia 76ers for five seasons including the 1982-83 Championship season, the Charlotte Hornets for three seasons and the Houston Rockets for eleven seasons including two NBA Championship seasons; internationally, he scouted players in over 30 countries; was involved with drafting international players including Yao Ming and acquiring Sarunas Jasikevicius as a free agent; currently in fourth season with the Indiana Pacers and is Director of Scouting and Assistant to President of Basketball Operations (Larry Bird); in that role he is responsible for all aspects of scouting for the Pacers including college, professional, free agent and international scouting; he also assists Larry Bird in organizing, preparing and carrying out the NBA draft; he oversees seven full time scouts and is active in scouting the top NCAA and top International prospects as well as free agents 

    NBA Hall of Fame Inductees that Joe was involved with include Julius Erving, Moses Malone, Hakeem Olajuwon, Clyde Drexler, Charles Barkley, Scottie Pippin, Billy Cunningham, Reggie Miller and Larry Bird 

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