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Vance Joseph
Position: Assistant Coach
Year: Freshman
High School: Archbishop Shaw High School
Alma Mater: University of Colorado
Graduating Year: 1994
Eligibility: Freshman

                Vance Joseph is in his second year as a full-time assistant on Gary Barnett's Colorado staff, as he officially was named cornerbacks coach on June 24, 2002.  Hired at the age of 29, he was the youngest full-time coach hired by the Buffaloes in nine years.  He also coaches the kickoff coverage unit on special teams.

 

                Joseph, now 30, returned to his alma mater after a brief stint as the secondary coach at Wyoming, where he was hired in April 2002 following two years as a graduate assistant at CU.  His return was bittersweet, however, as he replaced his mentor as a GA, co-defensive coordinator Tom McMahon after he succumbed to cancer in June 2002. 

 

He was first hired as a grad assistant in December 1999, and worked the 2000 and 2001 seasons (spring and fall).  He assisted McMahon with the secondary; when McMahon took ill in 2000 but successfully beat a first bout with cancer, Joseph's duties were stepped up and he wound up coaching a bit more than the usual grad assistant role called for.

 

Joseph was no stranger to the CU football program or to many members of the coaching staff.  He lettered three times during his collegiate career at CU, which spanned five years (1990-94).  He was a true freshman who saw some spot action on Colorado's 1990 national championship team, and as a quarterback, was under the tutelage for two years by Barnett, who was coaching the quarterbacks and fullbacks as an assistant on Bill McCartney's staff.  His redshirt year came in 1992, and he was moved to tailback the spring of his senior year, playing behind Heisman Trophy winner Rashaan Salaam and frosh sensation Herchell Troutman in 1994.

 

Joseph completed 34-of-61 passes for 454 yards and four touchdowns (with no interceptions) during his CU career, and though he never started a game, he often came on in “relief” in injury situations.  In one of those games, against Kansas in 1991, he directed an 8-play, 80-yard drive in the final two minutes to rally the Buffs to a 30-24 win.  He also had 50 career rushes for 237 yards and a touchdown, and was recruited to CU by then-assistant Bob Simmons, now the head coach at Oklahoma State.

 

He graduated from CU in the August prior to his senior season (1994), earning his bachelor's degree in marketing.  He signed as a free agent with the New York Jets in 1995, but as a defensive back.  Pressed into a starting role due to injuries, he played 17 games in the NFL with New York and Indianapolis over the course of two seasons, and he had two interceptions.  He also spent a year working as a salesman for BWD Sports Insurance. 

 

Born Sept. 20, 1972 in Marrero, La., he graduated from Archbishop Shaw High School in Marrero, where he lettered in football, basketball and baseball.  As a 12-year old, he was honored as “Mr. Biddy World,” a prestigious award presented to the best 11- and 12-year old basketball player in the country.  His hobbies include golf, softball and basketball, and he is married to the former Holly Pittman, who is a registered nurse.  They have a daughter, Nataly (3).  

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