Vance Joseph

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Vance Joseph
Denver Broncos
Position: Head coach
Personal information
Born: (1972-09-20) September 20, 1972 (age 45)
Marrero, Louisiana
Height: 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)
Weight: 200 lb (91 kg)
Career information
High school: Marrero (LA) Archbishop Shaw
College: University of Colorado
Undrafted: 1995
Career history
As player:
As coach:
Career NFL statistics
Games played: 17
Games started: 6
Interceptions: 2
Player stats at
Head coaching record
Regular season: 5–11 (.313)

Vance Desmond Joseph (born September 20, 1972) is an American football coach and former player who is currently the head coach of the Denver Broncos of the National Football League (NFL). As a player, Joseph attended the University of Colorado as a quarterback and running back in the 1990s, and was signed by the New York Jets as an undrafted free agent in 1995, playing cornerback for them and then the Indianapolis Colts in 1996. With 19 years of coaching experience at the professional and collegiate levels, Joseph was hired by the Broncos after spending 12 years as a defensive coach in the NFL with Miami (2016), Cincinnati (2014–15), Houston (2011–13) and San Francisco (2005–10). Joseph is the second African American head coach in Broncos history, after Eric Studesville. Although, he is the first African-American head coach on a permanent basis.

Playing career

High School career

Joseph was the starting quarterback for three seasons for the Archbishop Shaw High School Eagles. He led his team to a 37-6 record in his three seasons and won Louisiana’s 4A state championship as a sophomore. He garnered USA Today honorable-mention All-America honors as a senior and finished as 4A state runner-up to Ruston High School.[1] Joseph also was a starting guard on Archbishop Shaw's 1988–89 Class 4A state champion basketball team and lettered all four seasons in basketball.

College career

Joseph attended the University of Colorado, and played for the Colorado Buffaloes football team as a quarterback and running back from 1990 to 1994. Joseph played in 30 games for the Buffs as a backup to All-Americans Darian Hagan and Kordell Stewart. He completed 34-of-61 career passes (55.7%) for 454 yards with four touchdowns in addition to rushing 50 times for 237 yards with one touchdown during his college career.[2] Joseph was also a member of the 1990 National Championship team.[3]

National Football League

Joseph was signed by the New York Jets as an undrafted free agent in 1995 and switched to the defensive back position. He played two seasons in the National Football League for the New York Jets and Indianapolis Colts. During his NFL career, Joseph started six games and recorded two interceptions.[4]

Coaching career


Joseph became a graduate assistant for the Colorado Buffaloes in 1999 and was there until 2001. After a brief stint as the secondary coach for Wyoming Cowboys in 2002, Joseph returned to Colorado to become the defensive backs coach in 2002 and 2003. He spent the 2004 season as the defensive backs coach for the Bowling Green Falcons.

San Francisco 49ers

On February 17, 2005, Joseph was hired by the San Francisco 49ers as a secondary assistant. In 2006, he was promoted to secondary coach, a position he shared with Johnnie Lynn until 2010, when Lynn resigned for personal reasons.[5]

Houston Texans

Joseph joined the coaching staff of the Houston Texans in 2011. He served as the defensive backs coach under defensive coordinator Wade Phillips and head coach Gary Kubiak. Joseph helped the Texans to three consecutive top-seven NFL rankings in overall defense. Joseph’s secondary contributed to the team allowing the third-fewest passing yards per game (203.5) during that three-year stretch, helping Houston to its first two division titles in team history and playoff wins from 2011-12.[6]

Cincinnati Bengals

Joseph was hired as the defensive backs coach of the Cincinnati Bengals in January 2014. Joseph helped the Bengals to back-to-back playoff appearances as their defensive backs coach from 2014-15 under head coach Marvin Lewis, guiding a unit that contributed to a league-best 41 interceptions during that span.[7]

Miami Dolphins

Joseph was announced as the defensive coordinator of the Miami Dolphins for the 2016 season under head coach Adam Gase. Joseph oversaw a defense that played a key role in the Dolphins returning to the playoffs for the first time in eight seasons. Despite having to use 13 different starting lineups due to injury, Joseph’s defense ranked fourth in the NFL on third downs (36.2%) while forcing the sixth-most negative plays (107) in the league.[8] The Dolphins won nine of their final 11 regular-season games in 2016 with Joseph’s defense accounting for the fourth-most takeaways (21) in the NFL during that stretch.

Denver Broncos

Joseph was hired as head coach for the Denver Broncos on January 11, 2017, after signing a four-year contract.[9] He is the second African American head coach in Broncos history, after Eric Studesville. Although, he is the first African-American head coach on a permanent basis.

On September 11, 2017, on Monday Night Football, Joseph won his head coaching debut in the 24–21 victory over the Los Angeles Chargers.[10]

Joseph finished his first season as head coach with a 5-11 record.

Coaching tree

NFL head coaches under whom Vance Joseph has served:

Personal life

Vance's older brother, Mickey Joseph, was a part-time starting quarterback for the Nebraska Cornhuskers in 1990 and 1991.[11] Mickey is currently the wide receivers coach at Louisiana State University.

Sexual assault allegation

In 2004, Joseph was accused of sexually assaulting two female trainers while serving as the defensive backs coach at the University of Colorado.[12][13][14] The allegations were investigated by a state task force as part of a massive recruiting scandal that involved multiple women claiming they were raped by football players.[15][16] Joseph was placed on administrative leave, but after one of the two women involved said she did not want to press charges and the other declined to talk to police, the case was closed and Joseph was not charged.[17][18] Not long after that, Joseph left the University of Colorado and took a job with Bowling Green. CU’s then-president said at the time that Joseph was also being investigated for sexual harassment in connection with a different incident in which he had sex with a trainer in a campus athletic facility.[19]

The sexual assault allegations resurfaced in 2017 when Joseph was hired as head coach of the Denver Broncos. Before hiring Joseph, Broncos general manager John Elway conducted an investigation into sexual assault and sexual harassment complaints against Joseph and Joseph was asked directly about the accusations during the interview process.[20] Joseph said that the allegations were false, but that he was deeply embarrassed by the sexual harassment incident because he was a married father.[21][22]P

Head coaching record

Team Year Regular season Post season
Won Lost Ties Win % Finish Won Lost Win % Result
DEN 2017 5 11 0 .313 4th in AFC West
DEN Total 5 11 0 .313
Total 5 11 0 .313 0 0 .000


  1. ^ Schubert, Erich. "Broncos Media Guide" (PDF). 
  2. ^ Schubert, Erich. "Broncos Media Guide" (PDF). 
  3. ^ "1990 National Champions". Colorado Buffaloes. 
  4. ^ "Vance Joseph Stats". Retrieved November 8, 2017. 
  5. ^ "Lynn resigns as 49ers assistant coach". 
  6. ^ Schubert, Erich. "Broncos Media Guide" (PDF). 
  7. ^ Schubert, Erich. "Broncos Media Guide" (PDF). 
  8. ^ Schubert, Erich. "Broncos Media Guide" (PDF). 
  9. ^ "Joseph joins 'culture of winning' with Broncos". 
  10. ^ "Los Angeles Chargers at Denver Broncos - September 11th, 2017". Retrieved October 6, 2017. 
  11. ^ Lee, Tariq (June 27, 2011). "Mickey Joseph accepts challenge at Langston". News OK. Retrieved January 12, 2017. 
  12. ^ "Broncos' Vance Joseph addresses 2004 sex-assault allegations from time at CU". The Denver Post. January 19, 2017. Retrieved October 14, 2017. 
  13. ^ Moskovitz, Diana. "New Broncos Coach Vance Joseph Left University Of Colorado After Being Accused Of Rubbing His Erect Penis On A Woman". Deadspin. Retrieved October 14, 2017. 
  14. ^ "New Broncos coach left Colorado in 2004 after sexual assault claims". Mail Online. Retrieved October 14, 2017. 
  15. ^ "Timeline: Colorado recruiting scandal". May 27, 2004. Retrieved October 14, 2017. 
  16. ^ " - Sixth rape allegation surfaces at CU - Feb. 20, 2004". Retrieved October 14, 2017. 
  17. ^ "New Broncos coach Vance Joseph was accused of sexual assault while a CU assistant". Retrieved October 14, 2017. 
  18. ^ "Broncos' Joseph: 2004 sex-assault claims 'false'". Retrieved October 14, 2017. 
  19. ^ "2003 sexual assault allegations against Vance Joseph resurface". ProFootballTalk. January 16, 2017. Retrieved October 14, 2017. 
  20. ^ "Broncos checked previous sexual assault and harassment complaints before hiring Vance Joseph". USA TODAY. Retrieved October 14, 2017. 
  21. ^ "New Broncos coach Vance Joseph disputes sexual assault allegations". Retrieved October 14, 2017. 
  22. ^ Chiari, Mike. "Broncos HC Vance Joseph Refutes Sexual Assault Allegations from 2004". Bleacher Report. Retrieved October 14, 2017. 

External links

  • San Francisco 49ers bio
  • Bowling Green Falcons bio
  • Colorado Buffaloes bio
  • New York Jets bio
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