Vignato, Joe

Vayianos, Cathy
February 15, 2018
Byers, Jill
March 2, 2018

Vignato, Joe

Joe Vignato

Category: Coaches, Basketball, Track, XC and Soccer

Location: Bayport-Blue Point

Induction Year: 1992

Joe Vignato excelled in sports throughout his entire career. Throughout his career at Patchogue High School, Savage Normal School in New York City, and even at a semi-professional level, he excelled in baseball, soccer, and track.

Coached basketball, track, cross country and soccer at Bayport H.S. from 1937 to 1968.

When he started his teaching career in 1935, Vignato handled the physical education for both boys and girls as well as all coaching in the school, which at the time had about 175 students. From 1937-1968, he coached basketball, track, cross country and soccer at Bayport High School.

Won many league and county championships, especially in cross country.

Vignato was regarded as a tough task-master, a demanding coach, and a strict disciplinarian. But he always seemed to bring out the best talents and sportsmanship in his team members. He instilled in them the desire to win. This attitude benefited the teams as they won many league and championships, especially the cross country teams. His astounding records are as follows:

1938:

  • Basketball League Champions

1939:

  • Basketball League Champions

1940:

  • Basketball League Champions

1944:

  • Basketball Co-Champions War League (Tied with Lindenhurst)

1946:

  • Basketball League Champions
  • Basketball Long Island Champions

1947:

  • Basketball League Champions
  • Basketball Long Island Champions

1948:

  • Basketball League Champions
  • Soccer League Champions
  • Soccer County Champions
  • Soccer Long Island Champions

1949:

  • Basketball League Champions
  • Basketball County Champions
  • Track League Champions
  • Track County Champions
  • Soccer League Champions
  • Soccer County Champions
  • Soccer Long Island Champions

1951:

  • Track League Champions
  • Track County Champions

1954:

  • Track League Champions
  • Track County Champions
  • Cross Country League Champions
  • Cross Country County Champions

1955:

  • Track League Champions
  • Track County Champions
  • Cross Country League Champions
  • Cross Country County Champions

1956:

  • Cross Country League Champions
  • Cross Country County Champions

1961:

  • Cross Country League Champions
  • Cross Country County Champions

1962:

  • Cross Country League Champions
  • Cross Country County Champions

1963:

  • Cross Country League Champions
  • Cross Country County Champions

1964:

  • Cross Country League Champions
  • Cross Country County Champions

1966:

  • Cross Country League Champions
  • Cross Country County Champions

1968:

  • Cross Country County Champions

Joe Vignato died in 1993 at the age of 84.