Kovacs competing in senior year at Penn State
|Full name||Joseph Mathias Kovacs|
June 28, 1989 |
|Residence||State College, Pennsylvania|
|Height||6 ft 0 in (183 cm)|
|Weight||276 pounds (125 kg)|
|Sport||Track and field|
|Coached by||Art Venegas|
|Achievements and titles|
Outdoor 72 ft 3.5 in (22.035 m)Indoor 70 ft 5.5 in (21.476 m)
Before attending Penn State, he excelled in high school and won PIAA titles in the discus and the shot put during senior season. The winning shot put mark of 64 ft 10.75 in (19.7803 m) is the PIAA class AA State record.
On June 25, 2014 Joe Kovacs won the USATF National Championships with a personal best of 72' 3.5", the top throw in the world at that time.
Kovacs was born in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania in 1989. He was raised by parents Joseph (deceased 1997) and Joanna Kovacs. He is a 2007 graduate of Bethlehem Catholic High School in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. Kovacs attended Penn State University and graduated in 2011, majoring in Energy Business and Finance.
Kovacs in his first year as a professional was sponsored by Nike. He missed the podium with a 4th in the US Olympic Trials, 4th at the NCAA D1 outdoor championship, but won the Shot Put Big Ten Outdoor championship. He enjoyed a success filled summer on the European Track Circuit with strong showings of 2nd in Paris 20.44 meters / 67-0.75 feet; 2nd in Madrid 19.56 meters / 64-2.25 feet; 6th in London 19.61 meters / 64–4 feet.
Kovacs in his second year as a professional. He threw a season best of 20.82 meters /68-3.75 feet at Tucson Elite Meet on 18 May 2013 which ranks him 6th in the US.
Kovacs won the Boston New Balance Grand Prix with his first 70 foot throw. The then placed 3rd at the USATF national championships with a throw of 70 ft 5.5 in (21.476 m).