Joe played his college baseball at both Div I Siena College (1993-1995) and Div I Fairleigh Dickenson University (1996), before signing with the Kalamazoo Kodiaks of the Frontier League in 1996. He had a very successful college career in which he was a four-year starter as a middle infielder / catcher from 1993-1996. During his time at both Siena and FDU Farina was the battery mate for five pitchers who went on to sign professional contracts during his time as the starting catcher.
Farina’s had an outstanding high school career for then powerhouse St. Joseph’s Regional High in the early 90’s, whereas a captain he helped lead his varsity teams to one NJ Parochial State Title and One Bergen County Finals appearance during his and senior year. Farina was 1ST Team All-League, 1st Team All-County, as well as being named Team MVP and Best Athlete for St. Joseph’s Regional High as a senior.
During his high school years, he was also very instrumental in helping the Rockland OTB Pirates American Legion team captured 3 straight New York State titles and 1 World Series appearance. Farina was also honored as a member of the exclusive Pirates All- Decade Team (1990-1999) as a catcher along with current Pitching instructor Will Cunnane.
Farina began his collegiate career as the starting SS, as a freshman for Siena and started all 35 games. As a sophomore, he was selected as a Div I All-Star to play for the NY State Collegiate All-Star game at Yankee Stadium. Farina led the Saints in hits (41) and RBI’s while splitting time at 2b and catcher. During his junior season he helped the Saints to their first ever MAAC Championship before transferring to Div I FDU, where he was 1996 Baseball America’s preseason pick as the top newcomer to the NEC.. During his senior year as catcher he threw out 54 percent of base runners attempting to steal, while hitting 7 home runs and driving in 25 runs before signing with the Kalamazoo Kodiaks of the Frontier League. Farina went on to play one year in the Frontier League as a catcher before injuring his throwing hand during a collision at home plate.
Currently, Farina plays for the Semi-Pro Rockland Cavaliers of the Westchester Rockland Wood Bat League where he captured two championships and one League MVP award, along with numerous 3 gold gloves and 6 all-star appearances.
Farina’s love of the game has been demonstrated while working at multiple summer camps and baseball academy’s over the past 10 years throughout the tri-state area. He has most recently coached and been a baseball instructor for the Parsippany -Troy travel 12U teams, as well as various Armonk, travel little league teams. In addition to coaching at the travel little league level, Farina has also worked as a baseball instructor for several baseball clinics in Rockland, Westchester, and Morris Counties. Farina has a wealth of baseball knowledge and a real enthusiasm for teaching the fundamentals of catching and hitting. During his baseball career, he has played and been the catcher with dozens of professional pitchers who has pitched at the Major League levels as well as A, AA, and AAA.