Joseph was inducted into the Athletic Hall of Fame in 1989. His citation is copied below:
Joe Ingarra came to Chestertown after World War II in 1948 at the age of 24. A Navy veteran of four years and the father of two, Joe, Jr. and Nancy, Joe established residence in the community and immediately befriended students attending the College as well as residents of the community. Joe attended Sewanhaka High School on Long Island, where he was the runner-up for the first James Thorpe Award in Nassau County.
He played right guard in football for three years under both Coach Andy Hewlett and Coach Dim Montero. It was during Montero’s tenure as coach that two of the most outstanding teams representing the College were constructed. Joe played guard, offensively and defensively, on both of these teams. Baseball coach Frank Apechella used Joe in right field during his freshman and sophomore years. During the 1949-50 school year, the Maroon and Black won the northern division baseball championship of the Mason-Dixon Athletic Conference.
The versatile star didn’t let sports take up all of his time, however. He was a member of the Theta Chi fraternity, serving as president his senior year, a member of Omicron Delta Kappa, acting as vice-president during the time that ODK served as student government. He also was a member of the Varsity Club for three years.
As active as Joe was in College activities, he always had time for his family and, in addition, held down a part-time job either at the College or within the community.
At the time of his Joe’s death, he was serving as assistant football coach and teacher at Bethpage High School. He had served previously for nine years as football coach at Iona College and then as athletic director and coach of football, baseball and wrestling at Cardinal Farley Military School.
The Washington College Hall of Fame Selection Committee considers it an honor to include the name of Joseph Frank Ingarra among its select list of inductees on this sixth day of October, 1989.