Joe Legerski

Joseph Julius Legerski (born July 24, 1957)[1] is the former head women's basketball coach at the University of Wyoming.

Joe Legerski
Joe Legerski in 2016.JPG
Legerski at the Event Center in 2016.
Biographical details
Born (1957-07-24) July 24, 1957 (age 62)
Rock Springs, Wyoming
Alma materUniversity of Wyoming
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1979–1984Rock Springs HS (boys' asst.)
1984–1986Rock Springs HS (girls')
1986–1987Western Wyoming CC
1987–1991Wyoming (asst.)
1991–1998Utah (asst.)
1998–2003Utah (assoc. HC)
2003–2019Wyoming
Head coaching record
Overall314–186 (.628)
TournamentsNCAA: 0–1
WNIT: 16–7
Accomplishments and honors
Championships
WNIT (2007)
Awards
MWC Coach of the Year (2004, 2017, 2018)

Coaching careerEdit

Legerski earned a bachelor of science degree in business education from the University of Wyoming in 1979. After graduating from Wyoming, Legerski became a boys' varsity basketball assistant coach at Rock Springs High School, a position he would hold for five seasons.[2] From 1984 to 1986, Legerski was the head women's basketball coach at Rock Springs High School. Following one season as head women's basketball coach at Western Wyoming Community College, Legerski was an assistant with the Wyoming Cowgirls basketball team from 1987 through 1991.[2]

From 1992 to 2003, Legerski was assistant coach at the University of Utah under Elaine Elliott; he was associate head coach from 1998 to 2003. During his time as an assistant, Utah won three conference tournament championships between the Western Athletic Conference (1991 and 1995) and Mountain West Conference (2000).[3]

Named head coach at Wyoming on May 1, 2003, Legerski was the sixth head coach in team history and is the winningest coach in Wyoming history.[4] He led the Cowgirls to ten 20+ winning seasons, most recently a 25-9 overall record and a 13–5 mark in the Mountain West in the 2018–2019 season.[5]

During the 2018–2019 season Legerski won his 300th career game as the head coach of the Cowgirls. He was the first coach in program history to reach 300 career wins. He also took the team to their first ever Mountain West Tournament Championship appearance in the 2018–2019 season.

He won 3 Mountain West Conference coach of the year awards, most recently in the 2017–2018 season.

On April 24, 2019, Legerski announced that he would not be returning for the next season, as he planned to retire as coach after 16 years at the helm.

Personal lifeEdit

Legerski is married and has three children, including stepson Zane Beadles, currently an offensive guard in the NFL.[5]

Head coaching recordEdit

Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason
Wyoming Cowgirls (Mountain West Conference) (2003–2019)
2003–04 Wyoming 11–18 6–8 5th
2004–05 Wyoming 16–12 7–7 4th
2005–06 Wyoming 21–9 10–6 5th WNIT Second Round
2006–07 Wyoming 27–9 11–5 T–2nd WNIT Champions
2007–08 Wyoming 24–7 12–4 3rd NCAA First Round
2008–09 Wyoming 16–14 8–8 T–5th
2009–10 Wyoming 21–12 9–7 T–5th WNIT Third Round
2010–11 Wyoming 24–9 12–4 3rd WNIT Third Round
2011–12 Wyoming 12–17 7–7 5th
2012–13 Wyoming 24–8 12–4 3rd WNIT First Round
2013–14 Wyoming 20–11 10–8 5th
2014–15 Wyoming 16–14 10–8 T–5th
2015–16 Wyoming 13–16 6–12 T–8th
2016–17 Wyoming 22–10 13–5 2nd WNIT Second Round
2017–18 Wyoming 22–11 13–5 3rd WNIT Second Round
2018–19 Wyoming 25–9 13–5 3rd WNIT Quarterfinals
Wyoming: 314–186 (.628) 161–103 (.610)
Total: 314–186 (.628)

      National champion         Postseason invitational champion  
      Conference regular season champion         Conference regular season and conference tournament champion
      Division regular season champion       Division regular season and conference tournament champion
      Conference tournament champion

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Women's Basketball Coaches Career". NCAA. Retrieved September 29, 2015.
  2. ^ a b "Joe Legerski". University of Utah. Archived from the original on January 10, 2004. Retrieved February 14, 2016.
  3. ^ http://grfx.cstv.com/photos/schools/utah/sports/w-baskbl/auto_pdf/2015-16/misc_non_event/mg-record-book.pdf
  4. ^ Kiggins, Steve (May 1, 2003). "UW goes with Legerski as women's basketball coach". Casper Star Tribune. Retrieved June 1, 2016.
  5. ^ a b "Joe Legerski". University of Wyoming. Retrieved May 24, 2019.