MaChelle Joseph

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MaChelle Joseph

Machelle Joseph (January 13, 1970 - ) played basketball at Purdue University. She is the present women's basketball coach at Georgia Tech. Since she came to Tech, she has had a great impact on the team, as it has achieved numerous successes.



MaChelle Joseph, born on January 13th, 1970, in Auburn, Indiana, is the present coach for the women's basketball team at the Georgia Institute of Technology. Before starting her what proved to be utterly successful career in coaching, Joseph had been a prominent player during her years on the court, with honors including Big Ten Freshman of the Year as well as Big Ten Player of the Year in her final year at Purdue. After four years of starting at guard for the Boilermakers under celebrated coach Lin Dunn, Joseph graduated with a bachelor's degree in movement and sports science. Currently in her eighth season as head coach for the Yellow Jackets, she has performed multiple feats, including guiding the team through four straight NCAA Tournaments, four straight 20-win seasons, as well as leading her players to tie the all-time high wins mark of a 23-10 record in 2009-2010. Although she started working in the Tech staff as assistant coach under preceding Agnus Berenato, Joseph only needed two years in the program before taking over as head coach (making her the fifth head coach in Georgia Tech history). During these two years outside of the direct spotlight, she also proved to be a terrific recruiter, with bringing talents such as Kasha Terry, Ashley Guerrant, and April Johnson to the program. On September 24, 2010, MaChelle Joseph was elected into the Purdue Intercollegiate Athletics Hall of Fame as one of the most accomplished women's basketball players in the history of the school. [1]

Playing career

MaChelle Joseph playing at Purdue

MaChelle Joseph left Auburn, Indiana, to come to Purdue in 1989 and quickly became one of the most decorated players in the school's history. She was a letterwinner for all of her four years, and became Purdue's all-time leader in points for both men and women with 2,405 points. [2] Starting with her first year in the program, Joseph began to put the Boilermakers on the map earning Big Ten Freshman of the Year honours. She led the team to a winning record of 96-23, including 59-13 in the Big Ten; the first conference championship in Purdue history in '91, as well as four NCAA Tournament appearances. In her last year, Joseph won honours such as Big Ten Female Athlete of the Year, first team Kodak All-American[3], and USBWA All-American for her contributions on the court, in addition to recieving the Big Ten Medal of Honor and being named Academic All Big Ten. She completed her playing career finishing first on the Big Ten all-time scoring list and was the only player to be ranked top-10 in both points and assists. [4] [5]

Coaching career

MaChelle Joseph began her coaching career as assistant women's basketball coach at Illinois in 1993. [6]


After serving for only one year, she moved on to her alma mater, Purdue, where she worked under her previous coach Lin Dunn. Advancing to the Final Four in 1994 and reaching the NCAA Elite Eight the following year, Joseph helped the Boilermakers to an incredible 73-24 (.753) record over her three seasons on the Purdue coaching staff. [7]


After leaving Purdue in 1997, MaChelle Joseph went back to her hometown of Auburn, Indiana, to serve as assistant coach and recruiting coordinator in the Southeastern Conference. During the years 1997-2001 she helped the Auburn Tigers achieve a five season combined 97-50 record as well as three second round appearances of the NCAA Tournament. Joseph's blatant recruiting skills started to show, as each of the last four recruiting classes she attracted to Auburn ranked top-10 nationally, with the Tigers' Class of 2001 being number two in the nation, as said by the All Star Girls Report. [8]

Georgia Tech

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MaChelle Joseph came to Georgia Tech in 2002, and has since then had a tremendous impact on the Yellow Jackets, guiding them to never precedented achievements. After working for two years as the assistant coach to Agnus Berenato (who left after 15 seasons to become head coach for Pittsburgh), Joseph was named the head coach of the Georgia Tech women's basketball program, a position she described as having “won the lottery.” [9] When taking on the task, her goal for the school was to have a nationwide top-10 program. Recently, Joseph was given renewed trust and support from the administration when she signed an extension of her contract which will keep her in the program through the 2014-15 season [10]. In her first year as head coach at the Institute, her '04-'05 freshman class was ranked fifth nationwide of recruiting classes by the All Star Girls Report in the November 2003 issue of USA Today[11]. She also guided the team to tying the records for most overall and conference games won by a debuting head coach. For the first time in ten years, and just the second time in the history of the school, the Yellow Jackets led by Joseph, reached the NCAA Tournament.

Three years into her Georgia Tech head coaching career, MaChelle Joseph went into what proved to be her most successful season. The Flats won its first ACC Tournament under Joseph, and were defeated by as little as five points in the quarter finals of the conference tournament by the eventual national champion Maryland. [12] In Joseph's fourth season, the program again broke new barriers. By coaching the team to a 21-12 season victory, the GT head coach noted another all-time record taken and continued with the first ever NCAA Tournament win, after a 55-54 thriller over DePaul.

In 2007-08, the Jackets finished with a record-breaking 22-10 season, registering the most wins in the history of the women's basketball team since joining the ACC before the 1979-80 season. This extraordinary feat earned them the team's first national ranking in 14 years, at the place of 23. Joseph's sixth season at the reigns brought the program to its third straight NCAA tournament appearences, despite remarkably listing of ten freshmen and sophomores on the roster. The Yellow Jackets also earned its second NCAA Tournament victory after beating Iowa in the first round.[13]. In the record breaking season of 2009-2010, MaChelle Joseph led her team to tying the program all-time high of 23 with most victories in a season. The squad reached its fourth back-to-back NCAA Tournament with vast help from Brigitte Ardossi, who had one of the best senior year seasons registered in program history.[14]

By applying her inctructing techniques, her outstanding recruiting skills, with her all-star playing credentials, MaChelle Joseph has proved to be an immense asset to the women's basketball program at Georgia Tech. From being one of the leading players in the nation to leading her teams with passion and skill, Joseph has influenced collegiate women's basketball nationwide.

Player Recognitions

  • Big Ten Freshman of the Year (1989)
  • Second-team All-Conference (1989)
  • First Team All-Big Ten Selection (1990, 1991, 1992)
  • Big Ten Player of the Year (1992)
  • Kodak All-America (1992)
  • Women's Basketball News' College Player of the Year (1992)
  • USBWA All-American (1992)
  • Big Ten Female Athlete of the Year (1992)
  • Purdue All-Time Scoring Leader (Male or Female)
  • Women's Career Leader in Field Goals Made
  • Women's Career Leader in Assists
  • #4 in Free Throws Made
  • #7 in Three-Pointers Made

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