Joe Folino — the former Staples golf and ice hockey coach who is in the national High School Coaches Hall of Fame, and a star hockey player himself for Boston University — has died.
Folino suffered an aortic aneurysm. He was 89 years old, and lived in Boca Raton, Florida.
His day job was teaching typing and business at Staples. But he was best known as a 2-sport coach. He stressed fundamentals, and produced winners.
Folino came to Staples not long after earning All-East hockey honors at BU in 1950. He played semi-pro hockey, then helped start the Wreckers’ program and coached them when they played at the Post Road rink (near what is now Lansdowne condominiums).
Among his Staples golfers was former PGA tour member Brian Claar.
Folino was inducted in the High School Coaches Hall of Fame in 2004. His record at Staples in both sports was 535-86-6. His teams won 6 state golf championships.
After retiring, Folino founded Golf Haus International, an instructional company. He also advised a high school golf team in Florida.
His survivors include his wife, Lorraine, and a daughter and son. Funeral arrangements are incomplete.
(Hat tip: Wally Meyer)