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Know The Coach - MaChelle Joseph

July 6, 2009

This summer, each Georgia Tech head coach will be featured in a new series — “Know The Coach.” Each week, a different head coach will be profiled where you can get to know them outside the competition field. Up today is head women’s basketball coach MaChelle Joseph.

Week five features women’s basketball head coach MaChelle Joseph, whose 2009-10 season will be her seventh on the Flats. Check out what Coach Joseph has to say, including her childhood nickname and bucket list.

Know The Coach…MaChelle Joseph

Born (when and where): January 13, 1970 in Auburn, Ind.
Status: Single with three West Highland white Terriers- Eldy, Rudy, and Sadie
Alma Mater: Purdue
Childhood Nickname: Shelly
What’s on TV: Damages
What’s in my iPod: Beyonce, Neo, Miley Cyrus (I’m serious!) and the Black Eyed Peas
Favorite flicks: Forrest Gump, Hoosiers, and ET
What I’m reading: When God Winks
Worst habit: Drinking Red Bull before games
On my office walls: Pictures of my players, the Serenity Prayer, motivational quotes
My first job: Graduate Assistant at the University of Illinois
Favorite meal: Thai food and anything spicy
Favorite athletes to watch in other sports: Tiger Woods and LeBron James
One coaching peer I truly respect: Sylvia Hatchell
Favorite city to visit: Seattle, Wash.
Favorite team as a kid: Boston Celtics and Chicago Cubs
Favorite value in others: Honesty
Favorite attribute about myself: Sense of humor and the ability to laugh at myself
And least: Very hyper and energetic
My bucket list includes: Skydiving, go to the Kentucky Derby, and see the Indy 500 live
My motto: “Live each day as your last, one day it will be.”
The professional athlete’s poster I had on my wall: Magic Johnson
The thing I enjoy most about game day is: The competition
I have a sweet tooth for: M&M’s and Reese’s
I’ve cried while watching: The Notebook
Celebrity I’d love to hang out with for a night is: Will Smith
The most famous person I’ve met: Larry Bird
A place you want to travel to: Kenya/Italy/Greece
Favorite thing about the city of Atlanta: Diversity
Favorite GT Basketball moment: First win in the NCAA tournament in the history of our program (a 55-54 win over DePaul on March 17, 2007).

Know The Coach
Week 1 (June 8): Swimming & Diving head coach Courtney Hart
Week 2 (June 15): Golf head coach Bruce Heppler
Week 3 (June 22): Volleyball head coach Tonya Johnson
Week 4 (June 29): Men’s Basketball head coach Paul Hewitt

Upcoming Know The Coach Schedule
Week 6 (July 13): Women’s Track/Cross Country head coach Alan Drosky
Week 7 (July 20): Baseball head coach Danny Hall
Week 8 (July 27): Softball head coach Sharon Perkins
Week 9 (August 3): Football head coach Paul Johnson
Week 10 (August 10): Men’s Track head coach Grover Hinsdale
Week 11 (August 17): Women’s Tennis head coach Bryan Shelton
Week 12 (August 24): Men’s Tennis head coach Kenny Thorne

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