May 19, 2003
ATLANTA--MaChelle Joseph, who helped infuse success into the Georgia Tech women's basketball team in two years as an assistant coach, has been named the fifth head coach in the history of the Yellow Jacket program.
She replaces Agnus Berenato, who became the head coach at Pittsburgh after 15 seasons in the same post at Tech.
Joseph received a four-year contract with a base salary of $120,000.
In her two years as Tech's top assistant coach, Joseph applied her skills as an instructor and recruiter along with her all-star playing credentials to help the program enjoy two of the best seasons in its history.
Her career as an assistant coach spans 11 years in three of the nation's top women's basketball conferences, with successful stops at Auburn of the Southeastern Conference as well as Purdue and Illinois of the Big Ten Conference preceding her Atlantic Coast Conference stint.
In 15 seasons as a collegiate player and assistant coach, Joseph has been part of programs that produced winning records every year but one, including 11 NCAA Tournament berths.
Georgia Tech athletic director Dave Braine said that rewarding Joseph with her first head coaching position was a logical choice.
"MaChelle has proven herself to be an outstanding coach and recruiter in her 11 years as an assistant coach, and in particular in her two years at Georgia Tech," said Braine. "It's no coincidence that her two years here have been two of the best seasons we've ever had. She clearly understands what it takes to be successful at Georgia Tech, both on the court and off. "We feel that we have hired one of the bright young coaches in the women's game, and we're very excited about the future of women's basketball at Georgia Tech with MaChelle Joseph at the helm."
Joseph, 33, takes over a program that returns 12 letterwinners, including four starters, from a 2002-03 season that was the most successful campaign in school history .
In helping guide Tech to a 20-11 record, Joseph was a key component in the Yellow Jackets reaching the NCAA Tournament for the first time in a decade and just the second time ever.
Tech's 20 wins in matched the 1992 squad for most wins as a Division I program, while the Jackets' eight ACC wins also tied the school record.