Marion Joseph Serato Death – Obituary: CCBC Catonsville Athletics sends its deepest sympathies on the passing of Marion Joseph Serato, CCBC Essex Athletics Facilities Supervisor. Joe passed away unexpectedly in his sleep on Monday, February 14, 2022. We extend our deepest condolences to his wife, Lucia, and his devoted family and friends.
As the longest, current tenured full-time employee, Joe loved the CCBC Essex Knights. He began his tenure with then Essex Community College in the fall of 1989 as a technician in the equipment room. He became highly skilled in all the invaluable tasks associated with intercollegiate athletic equipment and facility functions.
Greg Witkop, Assistant Director of College Athletics for CCBC Essex, best describes his contributions, “Joe was a highly valued member of the CCBC Essex Athletics staff for over 32 years. He always worked with a smile on his face and truly enjoyed being a part of the CCBC Essex Athletics Department and its community. Joe took great pride in being a part of the Knights family, and it showed in the way he served our faculty, coaches, student-athletes, and his co-workers.”
From 1994-to 2000, he also served as an assistant men’s soccer coach for the Knights. During that time, the team won six regional championships, were national tournament participants twice, and had numerous student-athletes recognized as NJCAA All-Americans and All-Region 20 selections.
Joe assisted with many important department events and served countless community groups with distinction during this career, most notably with NJCAA national tournaments and the Pete Caringi All-Maryland Soccer Camp hosted by CCBC Essex.
He was a proud, lifelong Highlandtown resident, and Manchester City and New York Yankees fan.
“It was my true honor to see Joe receive a well-earned and deserved promotion to athletic facilities supervisor in 2015,” said Brian Farrell, CCBC Director of College Athletics. “He will be deeply missed by the Knights family, but will always remain a part of the important work we do for student-athletes.”
In recognition of Joe’s service to the CCBC Essex Knights, the award for outstanding athletic support staff at CCBC Essex has been renamed in his honor for perpetuity, beginning with this spring’s award.
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