Joseph Rodriguez (Coach JoJo) is a 1975 graduate of Garfield High School located in Seattle, Washington. JoJo was a starting point guard on the Garfield boys’ varsity basketball team. He has an impressive record of athletic accomplishments, notably the Legendary 1974 Super Dog State Basketball Champion Team. He finished his High School career as one of the Top 100 Players in the country.
After completing high school, JoJo went on to play at Central Washington University and later transferred to Yakima Valley College where he led them to 2 straight junior college state championships appearances in 1977 and 1978.
JoJo moved back to Seattle to start his basketball coaching career with the Rotary Boys and Girls Club where he led the basketball program to a 44- 0 victory in 2 years.
In 1985 he was offered an opportunity to coach at his Alma Mater as an assistant coach under the legendary Coach Al Hairston. He excelled as an assistance coach under Coach Hairston for eight years. While there, Garfield won 3 State titles. In 1990-1996 he took over the Head Coach position where he compiled a record of 220-30 in six seasons, 3 3A District Titles, 6 State Tournament appearances, State Coach of the Year and 4 3A Metro League Coach of the Year Honors.
In 1996 JoJo went on to become the Assistant Coach at Seattle University for 2 years before landing another Head Coaching job at Ingraham High School for 7 basketball seasons. After a short break from coaching, JoJo accepted the Head Coaching position at Lakes High School located in Lakewood, WA. As Head Coach, he led the team to 6 State tournament appearances in 7 seasons, 1 State Title, 6 District Titles, 7 League Titles, 5 League Coach of the Year honors and State Coach of the Year honors.
JoJo left high school coaching and put his knowledge and passion to coaching Prep School basketball on a more visible and national arena. The was the Head Coach at Elite Sports Academy for 2 years. He was instrumental in overseeing that 7 of his student athletes got the exposure they needed to get accepted into D-1 colleges to continue their basketball dreams.
Through all of his coaching career JoJo has volunteered for community projects that empower street youth to make good choices and promote school pride, based on his conviction to the sport of basketball he encourages anyone who have the passion for the game to stick with and don’t give up. He always provides supportive guidance; encourage having a well-rounded life; been an incredible role model; always looked on the positive; and never focus on defeats and setbacks. He demonstrates humility in the exercise of leadership; being open to other points of view; generating enthusiasm and motivating others to think strategically and plan for the future.
Unlike many athletes, JoJo didn’t grow up dreaming of playing professional basketball nor did his parents push him in any particular direction. He loved anything athletic, and was encouraged to try a lot of different sports and just have fun with it. When he eventually discovered basketball, he knew immediately it was the one.