Joseph was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2009. His citation is below:
Without a doubt one of the finest goalkeepers to ever play at Washington College, Joe Szymanski was in net for some of the best Shoremen soccer teams in history.
A native of Baltimore, Joe arrived at Washington College as a three-sport athlete, playing for the Maroon and Black’s baseball team as a first baseman and pitcher, and for the basketball team as a center, in addition to playing soccer.
In soccer, Joe was named to the 1953 All-Southeast All-American team as a sophomore along with four of his teammates.
By his junior season, Joe was focusing his athletic energies exclusively on soccer, and his 1954 season was one for the history books. Joe and the Shoremen defenders recorded four shutouts in 12 games and held another four opponents to just one goal. The biggest shutout of the season—and perhaps the biggest in the history of Shoremen soccer—came in the Middle Atlantic Conference Championship game as WC blanked Haverford, 1-0, to capture the program’s first conference championship.
Following the 1954 season, Joe was again named to the All-Southeast All-American team and became the first soccer player in Washington College history to earn national honors as he was selected an All-American honorable mention.
Joe finished his collegiate soccer career with the 1955 team, holding seven of the Shoremen’s 10 opponents to fewer than two goals. He repeated as an All-American honorable mention and received All-South All-American honors for the third consecutive season. He was also named to the All Mason-Dixon and All Middle-Atlantic Conference second teams. He remains as one of just three Washington College athletes all-time to earn national recognition in soccer on more than one occasion.
Following graduation, Joe went on to earn a master’s degree in nuclear physics and today is the owner of Szymanski Gallery, Beverly Hills.
Washington College considers it an honor and privilege to induct Joseph J. Szymanski into its Athletic Hall of Fame on this tenth day of October, 2009.