Joe began his golfing career at Bowling Green University, even though he went there on a basketball scholarship. He graduated with a degree in Physical Education and entered into the teaching profession. He was head basketball coach at Johns Adams High School and then assistant coach at Akron University.
Joe had an illustrious golf career with numerous accomplishments. Of all his victories his winning the 1993 USGA Senior Open could be his crowning achievement. He also played in the USGA Senior Open in 1994 and 1995. He qualified many times for the USGA Amateur and in 1994 was its oldest participant. He also qualified for numerous Mid AM and Public Links Championships.
Jow was the winner of the 1995 Ohio Golf Hall of Fame tournament. He won the Ohio Mid-Amateur Championship, the 1986 Links tournament and five time winner of the North East Ohio amateur. He was also five time winner of the Akron District Medal play.
He was part of the first group inducted into the Northern Ohio Golf Hall of Fame in 2003.
After retiring, Joe spent time managing the Pine Valley Sports driving range where he enjoyed working with the kids and sharing his insights into golf and life.