On graduation day, Joe married his college sweetheart, Julie Cline of Dayton, and nine months later he was the proud papa of twin boys.
Opting for a military career at the time of the Vietnam War, Joe tried to enlist but was again sidelined because of his knee. In 1961, Joe took a teaching job at Chaminade High in Ohio, and taught biology and general science while coaching the football team with Gerry Faust, former Notre Dame head coach.
In 1962, Joe went back to his alma mater and worked in the admissions office, and when he could, he would help out with the football team on a part-time basis. Joe always liked coaching because to him, “It was as enjoyable as playing.” In 1966, Joe moved on to the admissions office at Boston College, where he would eventually serve as the dean of students during the Vietnam protest years. In 1971, Joe was offered a job at Salem State College where he served as associate director of admissions until his retirement in 1995.
It was then that Big Joe’s life really began to move. Joe and Julie, whom he convinced to take some time from her real estate agency, and their family traveled the world, from the beaches of Maui to the canals of Venice. If Big Joe sat around for more than a week he would get bored. Life was his adventure. Life was for living.
More than anything in life, Joe Tache was all about family, friends and helping countless high school and college students attain their dreams. He cherished the times with his family, as well as the times he shared with his closest friends, Dick Lamby, Frank Roblee, Steve Palenchar, Pat Connor, Tony Sperandeo, Sammy Zoll, Kevin Harrington, David Elliott, Michael Ginley, Mark McGlaughlin, and all his buddies at the Salem YMCA.