Joseph Flaherty (’65) – Baseball and Wrestling
Interestingly …. Joe was joined at the University of Tampa by his Columbus High classmate and good friend … Joe Flaherty was a great football player – and one big reason why Tampa could play against larger programs and win.
That 1970 Tampa team – by the way — finished 10-1 and won the NAIA national championship. After football at Tampa, Joe worked a year as the wrestling coach at Miami Beach High – where he helped the team achieve its first winning record in the school’s history… He enter the world of professional wrestling. After pro wrestling, Joe moved to Texas with his family…. Tragically, he died in a car accident there in 1982 – at the age of 34.