Joel Weiss became the Glendale College Women's Basketball Coach in June of 2016 and just completed his third season. Weiss has guided the Vaqueros to the best three-year record in school history, culminating the 2018-19 season with a 22-6 record and a 2018-19 Western State Conference Championship. While setting records for wins (22) and winning percentage (.786) the 2018-19 Vaquero Team advanced to the Regional Final of the State Championship Tournament and received a Glendale City Council Mayor’s Commendation. Weiss was also the 2018-19 Ace Character and Ethics Coach of the Year Recipient.
Before returning to California, Weiss spent nine seasons coaching Division I and Division II NCAA Basketball. Weiss was an assistant coach at the University of Texas RGV for four seasons from 2009-2013. During that time, Weiss helped rebuild the program, culminating in a sixteen win season in 2013 and a second place finish in the Great West Conference.
Weiss spent his previous two seasons at Nicholls State University in Thibodaux, Louisiana. In Weiss’ second season with the Colonels, he helped guide the team to a 20-11 record, including a second place finish in the Southland Conference. The 2008-09 season marked the second 20-win campaign since Nicholls State moved up to NCAA Division I in 1980-81.
Prior to accepting the position at Nicholls State, Weiss served as an assistant with UTPA head coach Ryan Marks at Saint Edward’s University in Austin, Texas, where he helped guide the Hilltoppers to a 24-6 overall record in 2006-07. The Hilltoppers finished that season with a 10-2 conference record, a Heartland Conference Championship, and a berth in the NCAA Division II Tournament.
While in Austin, Weiss was also the Director of Operations for Hoop Zone and coached the 17 & Under Hoop Zone AAU team for two years. Additionally, he served as an assistant to the communications director for the Austin Toros of the NBA Development League, the affiliate of the NBA’s San Antonio Spurs. In that role, he prepared game notes for NBA scouts, compiled statistics for player evaluations, and wrote game stories.
Before moving to Texas, the California native worked with two California high schools, serving as the head coach of Claremont High School’s fall program in 2004 and as an assistant at Newbury Park High School in 2002-03.
A two-sport athlete, Weiss played one season of football at Lehigh University before transferring to Claremont McKenna College where he was a two-year member of the football team and a three-year member of the basketball team. Weiss graduated with a degree in Economics and Government. Weiss also earned a Master of Arts in Education from Nicholls State. In 2010, Weiss earned a Master of Science in Kinesiology from the University of Texas RGV.