Joey Pennisi

Class of 2010
Member El Paso Baseball Hall of Fame Board of Directors
2 year letterman in baseball at Coronado High School
In 1971, he was named to the All District team as an Outfielder for the Thunderbirds
Hit .384 with 2 home runs, 4 doubles and 7 triples
Received a baseball scholarship to the University of Texas at El Paso
Four Year Letterman for UTEP baseball from 1972 to 1975
All-Western Athletic Conference Baseball Academic Honoree in 1974
In 1974, he hit .323 with 51 hits, 28 walks, 28 runs scored and 29 runs batted in
All-Western Athletic Conference Baseball Team Honoree in 1975
In 1975, he was the Miners Team Batting Champion with a .324 batting average and led the team with 46 hits, 25 walks, 26 RBI, 26 runs and 11 doubles
Honored as one of the “Best I’ve Ever Coached” by Andy Cohen after Coach Cohen’s final season in 1978
Selected to Sports Ambassadors All-American team in 1975 and 1976 touring Central and South America on the Summer Overseas Crusade
In 1975, he also played outfield for the Parma Bernazolli baseball team in Italian Professional Baseball League
Head Baseball Coach at Parkland for 9 seasons
When he left the Matadors, he held the school record for most coaching wins with 46
In 1990, he returned to Italy to be the pitching coach for Bologna Longbridge in the Italian Professional League
Head Baseball Coach at Austin High School
In 1991, he led the Panthers to their last winning season with a 13-12 record
Played and Coached in Italian Professional Leagues with Parma Bernazolli and Bologna Longbridge
Trained Pitchers for Italian National team for 1992 Olympics in Spain
Active with Fellowship of Christian Athletes Chapters in El Paso
Professional educator who continues his coaching journey
Coached baseball, tennis and golf
Recognized by many for his genuine character and concern for all his players and peers