Simply stated, Joe Farroba IS Basketball in the MASCAC. A 1975 graduate of Boston State College, Coach Farroba played under Celtics' legend Jim Luscatoff and participated in the inaugural NCAA Division III Tournament.
Joe came to Bridgewater State and to the MASCAC as an assistant coach under former head coach Mark Champagne in 1986. Prior to that Joe served as the head coach at Medfield (MA) High School, compiling a string of very successful seasons. Farroba's '85-'86 MHS squad advanced to the Eastern Mass. finals, losing a heartbreaker to eventual state champion Cohasset. For his efforts Joe was named both the Boston Globe Division III Coach of the Year and the Massachusetts Basketball Coaches Association Division III Coach of the Year.
Since taking the reins of the Bears program in 1992, Coach Farroba and success have become synonymous on the hardwood. Under his tutelage, the Bears have reached postseason play ten times, including NCAA Division III Tournament appearances in 1999, 2006, 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2014. The 2009 sqaud advanced the NCAA Tournament "Sweet Sixteen" after a dramtatic win over nationally ranked Middlebury College.
In 2008, the Bears were the national recipient of the Schoenfeld Award presented by the Collegiate Basketball Officials Association (CBOA). The award is presented to the college or university, which in the judgment of the CBOA membership, best exemplifies "the highest degree of sportsmanship, character, and ethics among their players, coaches and spectators."The Schoenfed Award is the highest honor that the CBOA annually bestows on any collegiate institution.
Named Coach of the Year in the MASCAC by his fellow coaches in 1998, 2009, 2010 and again in 2012, Coach Farroba prides himself on a style of basketball that has been aptly dubbed "Bearball". A simple definition would be "a group of well-prepared overachievers who scrap and fight for forty minutes every night while continuing to represent Bridgewater State in a positive fashion". This brand of basketball has produced 388 victories over the past 27 seasons as he is the all-time winningest coach in Bridgewater State men's basketball history.
Coach Farroba is a noted lecturer in the New England region and is the director of the Bears' Basketball Camp on the BSU campus. The camp has been running for over 20 years. He also founded the Joe Farroba Anguilla Basketball Camp in 2011.
A career educator, Coach Farroba is a retired Physical Education teacher as he taught in the Medfield Public School system. He and his wife, Linda, are the parents of Justine and Johnny.
Joe was inducted into the BSU Athletics Hall of Fame in 2013.