Joe attended Starr Elementary and Fassett Junior High School, where he played football, baseball, and basketball. From 1982-1986, Joe attended Cardinal Stritch High School, earning nine varsity letters: three in golf, three in baseball, and three in basketball.

joe gajdostik 86As a sophomore, Joe was Honorable Mention All-City in baseball. As a Junior, he was named 1st Team All-City in basketball, 1st Team AA All-District, Honorable Mention All-Ohio, team captain and MVP. He averaged 23 points per game and 10 rebounds per game. For baseball, he was 2nd Team All-City, 1st Team All-District, and team MVP. During his senior basketball season, Joe was MVP of the Holiday Prep Classic, 1st Team All-City, 1st Team AA All-District, District 7 Play of the Year, 3rd Team All-Ohio, team captain and MVP. He averaged 24 points per game, 10 rebounds per game, and set the all-time scoring mark of 1,325 points. As a senior in baseball, he was 1st Team All-City, 1st Team All-District, and led the team with a .462 batting average. He was inducted into the Cardinal Stritch Hall of Fame in 2012 as an individual and in 2014 as a part of the 1984 Basketball team.

Joe had several offers to play basketball in college, and earned a full scholarship to play at Tri-State University (now Trine University) in Angola, Indiana. At Tri-State, Joe was a four-year starter, breaking the scoring record his senior year. He received 3rd team All-American, 1st Team All-District honors. He was twice a tri-captain and team MVP. In addition to breaking the scoring record, Joe set many other scoring records and averaged 24 points per game as a senior. He was also a member and past President of Alpha Sigma Phi National Fraternity.

Joe currently resides in Temperance, Michigan with Jodi, his wife of 27 years. Joe and Jodi have three daughters, Kelsey (Matt), Karli and Alexa, and one granddaughter, Jenna. Joe currently works for GEM Energy/Rudolph Libbe Group. While in business development, he earned several monthly sales leader awards as well as Sales Leader of the Year in 2015. In 2017, Joe was promoted to Director of Facility Management. His parents Joe and Judy, along with his four siblings were a great support and influence during his playing career. One of his father’s proudest moments was hearing of Joe’s induction into the Toledo City Athletic Hall of Fame. His father passed away on July 2, 2017. Joe spends his free time enjoying his family, waterfowl hunting, and golfing.

The City League Hall of Fame ceremony will take place Monday, November 6, 2017 at The Premier.