Josh was an outstanding three sport star and a two-way starter at defensive back and wide receiver for the Vikings from 2007 to 2008. Josh finished his Viking career with 206 total defensive points. He recorded 62 total tackles and was in on 43 solo stops. He also had nine career break ups and made four interceptions. His four career interceptions ranks 6th all-time in the La Jolla record book. On offense Josh finished his career with 28 total receptions for 464 total yards and averaged 16.5 yards per receptions. His 28 catches ranks 9th all-time for career receptions. He also returned 18 kickoffs for 491 yards and averaged 27.2 yards per return. In addition he returned 14 punts for 224 yards and averaged 16 yards per return. In all Josh accumulated 1,179 yards of total yardage and scored 30 total points. During his Viking career Josh earned Special Teams Player of the Game Honors against San Diego High School and was also selected Defensive Player of the Game for his efforts against Lincoln High School and University City High School. His senior year performance earned him 2nd Team All Western League honors. Josh was also voted Team Captain and was awarded the 2008 Offensive Coaches Award for his special contributions to Viking football. His 4.33 GPA earned him recognition on the San Diego Union Tribune All-Academic Team in both his junior and senior seasons. He was also a 2008 Honorable Mention National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame Scholar Athlete and was awarded the 2009 Gene Edwards Memorial Scholarship which is given annually in memory of La Jolla High School's legendary former head coach.
After graduating from La Jolla High School Josh continued his academic and athletic career at Pomona College where he majored in Molecular Biology and graduated in 2012. Josh played in nine games his freshman year and recorded 21 tackles with 16 of them coming unassisted. He also returned six kickoffs for 110 total yards. He missed most of his sophomore season due to injury but he returned for his junior and senior seasons and made outstanding contributions on both sides of the line of scrimmage. In his junior season Josh served as a team captain and started all nine games. He finished the year with 26 total tackles, two interceptions and four pass break-ups. He returned eight punts for 146 total yards and averaged 18.2 yards per return and averaged 20.8 yards per kickoff return. Josh's senior season was the most productive and the two-year team captain showed his versatility and athleticism by playing on the offensive side of the ball and earning SCIAC Second Team All- Conference honors as a wide receiver. He led the team in receptions with 45 and in total receiving yards with 570. He also scored a team high six touchdowns and led the team in all-purpose yards with 1,167 yards. Included in this total were 511 yards in kickoff returns and an additional 66 yards in punt returns. Josh was also selected to the Jewish Sports Review 2012 All-American Team.
While at Pomona Josh also continued to distinguish himself as an exceptional scholar-athlete as evidenced by his selection to the SCIAC Football All-Academic team in 2012. In addition to this honor Josh was also selected to the 2013 National Football Foundation and College Hall of Fame Hampshire Society in recognition of his exceptional work in the classroom. He capped his college career by earning the prestigious SCIAC John Zinda Award that is given each season to the senior who best combines achievement in athletics, academics, leadership and sportsmanship.
In addition to his accomplishments as a scholar-athlete Josh has always had a deep commitment to helping others through community service work. While in high school Josh helped found the Hand Up Youth Food Pantry an organization that helps feed San Diego County residents that are in dire need of emergency food. Notwithstanding the time demands associated with being a scholar-athlete Josh has always continued to find time to perform volunteer work. It is this deep sense of compassion for others and his willingness to reach out to those who are not capable of providing for themselves that sets Josh apart from others. God places the hungry and disenfranchised in this world to see if those who are more fortunate than they are will be willing to extend a helping hand. Josh has responded to God's request and these are the acts of human kindness that his coaches are most proud of. For an example of Josh's concern for others and one of his many acts of kindness click on the following link http://youtu.be/HjyttiwMuiU . For his exceptional accomplishments as a student-athlete at both La Jolla High School and Pomona College and for his unselfish attitude, concern for others and unwavering friendship to so many, the Star Chamber is honored to welcome Josh into the Star Chamber Gallery of Stars.
Josh continued his post graduate studies at Tufts University and on March 12 of 2015 was accepted to the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. This was his first choice. The Star Chamber will update this profile on a yearly basis. For additional information and pictures on Josh navigate to the Lifetime Members File and click on his name.