Andrew "AJ" Joseph returns to the bench for his fifth season with the Air Force volleyball program. Joseph, who will serve as a volunteer coach in 2015, brings a strong resume to the Air Force program, having been a head coach of championship-level teams at both the college and high school level.
Joseph spent the 2014 season as an assistant coach with the Falcons, helping the squad to its best win total (13) in more than a decade and its best conference win total (seven) since moving to Division I. Air Force also accounted for its most home wins (nine) since 1999, while Akokwe Clement and Taylor Parker became the program’s first all-conference honorees since 2003.
He joined the Academy staff after three years as the head coach of the men’s volleyball team at Johnson and Wales University in Denver. The JWU men spent two seasons ranked in the NAIA Top 10, rising as high as second during the 2011 season. That year, the team earned an at-large bid to the NAIA National Championships and outside hitter Chris Schardt was named the conference player of the year, as well as JWU-Denver's first-ever NAIA All-American.
Joseph served as the head coach of the men’s volleyball team at his alma mater, Eckerd College, from 1995-2000, leading the program to two Final Four appearances and the 2000 NIRSA National Collegiate Championship. He also coached the women's program at Eckerd during the 2002-03 seasons and helped the Tritons to top-10 rankings in the NCAA Division II Southern Region.
He also spent five years on the UCCS staff, serving as both a coach and assistant athletic director, with duties in fundraising and travel.
At the high school level, Joseph coached the Cheyenne Mountain High School boys' team to the 2009 state semifinals. He also spent one year as the head coach of the boys and girls volleyball teams at Fountain Valley School in Colorado Springs. Under his direction, the boys' team won the Colorado state championship title with three all-state selections, while the girls' team finished as the district runner-up.
Joseph is a 1993 graduate of Eckerd College. While with the Tritons, he was a four-year starter and all-conference selection on the men's intercollegiate club team. As a senior, he captained Eckerd to the NIRSA Final Four.
He and his wife Jennifer, the Athletic Director at Fountain Valley School, have two children, seven-year old Canyon and five-year old Ainsley.