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Joe Daher

Joe Daher

American college basketball and football coach
Joe Daher
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Intro American college basketball and football coach
A.K.A. Joseph G. "Joe" Daher, Joseph G. Daher
Was Athlete Baseball player Football Coach
From United States of America
Type Sports
Gender male
Birth 1913, Central City, Somerset County, Pennsylvania, USA
Death 21 September 1993, Dayton, Montgomery County, Ohio, USA (aged 80 years)
Sports Teams
Pittsburgh Pirates
The details (from wikipedia)


Joseph G. Daher (1913 – September 21, 1993) was an American college basketball and football coach. A graduate of Juniata College, Daher coached the Manhattan Jaspers from 1942 to 1943 as well as the VMI Keydets basketball program from 1943 to 1945. He also coached three sports at Morris Harvey College (now known as the University of Charleston) in Charleston, West Virginia for three years. In 1940, Daher coauthored a book entitled "Fundamentals of Basketball" with the great Clair Bee. Additionally, Daher spent two seasons as a pitcher with the Pittsburgh Pirates in 1933 and 1934.

Coaching career

Daher began coaching at Morris Harvey College, which has now been known as the University of Charleston since 1978. From 1939 to 1942, Daher coached the Golden Eagles in basketball and baseball, and assisted the football team as well. He then left for Manhattan College, where, in his first and only season, led the Jaspers basketball squad to an 18–3 record. This ranks him 15th all-time at Manhattan in terms of wins, and first in winning percentage.

Following a year in Manhattan, Daher then joined the Virginia Military Institute in Lexington, Virginia as the tight ends football coach, as well as head basketball coach. In two seasons, the Keydets were 2–24 under Daher, an .077 winning percentage. This ranks Daher 26th at VMI in total wins and 27th (last) in terms of winning percentage.

Personal life

Daher was born in 1913 to his parents George Joseph and Selma Daher. He had a sister, Sadie, and three brothers, Vincent, Bernard, and Mitchell. He graduated from Juniata College in Huntingdon, Pennsylvania. At Juniata, Daher played and lettered in three sports. Daher then earned his master's degree at Bucknell University, where he was a pitcher on the Bison's baseball team.

In the latter stages of World War II, Daher took a hiatus from coaching and enlisted in the Army in 1945. At the time he was residing in Roanoke, Virginia. Daher spent the later part of his life living in Dayton, Ohio. He was married for 49 years to his wife Marguerite Alouf, who died in June 2015. They are survived by their four children: Richard, Selma, Joseph, and John. Daher was made an honorary member of the VMI Class of 1947.

Head coaching record


Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason
Morris Harvey Golden Eagles (West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference)
1939–40 Morris Harvey 12–18
1940–41 Morris Harvey 11–15
1941–42 Morris Harvey 9–16
Morris Harvey: 32–49
Manhattan Jaspers (Metropolitan New York Conference)
1942–43 Manhattan 18–3 5–2 2nd
Manhattan: 18–3 5–2
VMI Keydets (Southern Conference)
1943–44 VMI 0–14 0–5 12th
1944–45 VMI 2–10 1–4 12th
VMI: 2–24 1–9
Total: 52–76
The contents of this page are sourced from Wikipedia article on 04 Aug 2020. The contents are available under the CC BY-SA 4.0 license.
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