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PJP Welcomes New Athletic Director, Joe Trainer

The Administration of Pope John Paul II High School announces Joseph Trainer as its new Athletic Director.


Mr. Trainer has spent 29 years in intercollegiate athletics, working at several different colleges and universities.  Most recently, he spent the last five years at Villanova University, serving as the Defensive Coordinator for their football program.  This was Trainer’s second stint at Villanova, having served as the Defensive Coordinator from 2000-2004.  Trainer served as the Head Football Coach at both Millersville University (2005-2007) and the University of Rhode Island (2009-2013).


Trainer stated, “I am beyond excited about joining the PJP community as Athletic Director. Pope John Paul II High School is one of the best high schools in the tri-state area, with an exceptional academic profile while competing in an outstanding athletic conference.”


As PJP’s Director of Athletics, Mr. Trainer will oversee a growing number of athletic programs, improving facilities and an accomplished group of dedicated coaches.  He will ensure compliance with all PIAA and Pioneer Athletic Conference (PAC) bylaws.  While fostering a culture of sportsmanship, integrity and professionalism among all student athletes, coaches and the PJP community;  Mr. Trainer will continue to forge relationships with legacy alumni, PJP graduates and our PAC member schools.


“We had a highly competitive pool of phenomenal candidates.  I am grateful for the diligent work of our committee in identifying an individual that will lead our athletic program into a new era. Mr. Trainer rose to the top of an impressive list of candidates,” stated Mr. Jason Bozzone, President.


Trainer is a 1990 graduate of Dickinson College where he earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English.  He earned a Master’s in Education from Temple in 1992, a Master’s in Counseling from Villanova in 2004, and is currently completing his Master’s in Theology from Villanova University.


“Mr. Trainer’s passion for the student athlete experience, his commitment to Catholic Education and vision for the PJP athletic department made him the ideal leader for our Athletic Department,” stated Father Brian Kean, Principal.


Joe and his wife Moreen reside in Glenside with their three children, Liam, Dillon, and Keira.  They are parishioners of Saint Philip Neri Parish, Lafayette Hill.  Liam is a sophomore at the University of Delaware where he continues his football career, Dillon is a three-sport student athlete at LaSalle College High School, and Keira will be a Freshman at Lansdale Catholic High School this Fall.


Mr. Trainer will officially begin his tenure as Athletic Director on July 1, 2019.