Joe and his wife, Amanda, live in Meeker, CO with their four sons Tyson, Colby, Levi and Logan. Joe was born and raised in Meeker, CO where he attended Meeker High School and was a 3x Colorado State Wrestling Champion. Joe was also an All State Defensive-back and the Quarter-back for the Football team. He received a scholarship to wrestle for the University of Wyoming where he became the first and only 4x All-American and the winningest wrestler in school history. Amanda grew up in Golden, CO and attended Ralston Valley high School where she competed in Cross Country. The two met in Laramie WY in the fall of 2008 and were married in 2009.
Since graduating with a degree in Kinesiology and Health Promotion, Joe and his family moved across the country where he gained valuable experience coaching in the B1G 10, EIWA, and Western Wrestling Conferences for Indiana University, Brown University, and the University of Northern Colorado. Joe has coached 9 NCAA Division 1 Qualifiers, 3 All-Americans, and 2 University National Freestyle Champions/ World Team Members (One of whom earned a World University Freestyle Bronze Medal), and one Greco Roman World Team Member in 3 years of coaching at the D1 level.
Throughout his collegiate and coaching career, Joe also founded the Live to Dominate LLC and conducted the L2D Wrestling Camps each summer in Colorado and surrounding states. Joe is passionate about growing the sport of wrestling and has enjoyed the opportunity to take part in the exponential growth of each of the four programs he has been a part of.
Check out this Mountain west sports special feature about Joe's life and College wrestling Career (feature done prior to joe's senior ncaa championships in 2012)