It seems only fitting that Arthur "Joe" Giovannangeli Jr., '66 is being inducted into the KSC Alumni/Athletic Hall of Fame. The name Giovannangeli has been associated with the College for many years. His father Arthur "Art" Giovannangeli, a charter member of the hall of fame, taught at KSC for 42 years while his aunt Clara served as the College's bursar for 44 years. Sister Marcia and cousins Gary, Linda (Jacobson) and Jean-Ann (Pollock) are also Keene State grads.
“It’s means something special to be a part of the first father-son duo to be inducted into the Hall of Fame,” said Giovannangeli Jr., a former standout on Owl basketball and golf teams, who went on to make a name for himself in scholastic coaching circles.
Giovannangeli, a Keene native, also tried his hand as a pitcher on the KSC baseball team. “I was a wild lefty who couldn’t throw the ball over the plate,” Giovannangeli said with a laugh. “So I switched to golf.”
It was on the court and out in the links, that a shy Giovannangeli displayed his athletic prowess. A four-year member (1962-66) of the KSC basketball team, Giovannangeli, had a 15.2 ppg scoring average playing both guard and forward positions.
“I was a pretty good shooter and ball handler,” said Giovannangeli recalling teammates Frank Claflin, Jack Putney and Tim Brown. “We didn’t win many games, but we had fun.”
One of the team’s top scorers, Giovannangeli still holds the Owl single game record— pouring in 50 points against Castleton State in 1966.
“It was one of those games where everything I threw up that night went in,” Giovannangeli said. “I remember Coach (Sumner) Joyce saying to me ”If I didn’t take you out for that ovation, you might have gotten a few more points.”
“I never thought the record would hold up,” he added.
Coached by his father Art Sr., Giovannangeli also displayed his competitiveness on the golf course. He still gets together with teammates Chuck Mitchell, Sam Hicks and Ed Fahrm and talk about their Owls matches. “I didn’t have the prettiest swing, but I got the job done,” he said.
Earning a degree in education, Giovannangeli has taught the past 35 years at Conval High School. Coaching the school’s basketball, golf and softball teams for 20 seasons, he led the boy’s basketball and golf teams to the Cougars’ first State Championships in 1985-86. He later led Conant High to a state basketball title in 1997.
“I enjoy the competition,” said Giovannangeli. I’m a very competitive person and coaching and playing golf allows me to still be competitive. I think that’s what helped me be successful at Keene State and throughout my coaching career.
Giovannangeli presently resides in Peterborough along with his wife Judith, daughter Kelley, and sons Arthur III and Roger.