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Brian JoyceAssistant Coach
College: Oklahoma Christian ('95)
Start Date: 6/11/2009
Brian Joyce joined the Liberty men's basketball program as an assistant coach on June 11, 2009, marking his second time working on head coach Dale Layer's staff. Prior to coming to Liberty, Joyce was a member of Layer's staff at Colorado State. Overall, Joyce has over 16 years of college coaching experience, including a stops as an assistant at the Division I, Division II, and Junior College levels. Bookending his time under Layer, Joyce spent seven successful seasons as a head coach at the junior college level, most recently at Western Nebraska Community College (WNCC).
"Brian brings head coaching experience, a tireless work ethic and excellent player relations to our coaching staff," said Layer. "He has achieved success at every stop in his career and brings a great deal of passion to our program."
Prior to joining Layer at Liberty, Joyce helped lead the Cougars of Western Nebraska to one of their best seasons in the last 10 years. The Cougars finished 25-7, the best record in Region IX. WNCC also won the East Sub-region, winning 21 of its last 25 games. The Cougars also received votes in the NJCAA national poll the last three weeks of the season.
Joyce has experienced plenty of success at the junior college level and as a head coach. Joyce has a 138-59 record as a head coach at WNCC and Northeastern Junior College. His last two seasons at NJC his teams were 58-13 including a school record 30-4 the year prior to joining Colorado State. Due to the success of his teams on the court combined with the academic success program he implemented, he helped nearly 50 players earn opportunities to play at the Division I level.
Joyce played at Northeastern Junior College (NJC) under Hall of Fame Coach, Lowell Roumph, from 1991-93. He was an All-Region IX player on a team that won 43 games during his two years as point guard and captain at NJC before transferring to Idaho State University. He was a part of a Big Sky regular season championship team that eventually lost to Boise State in the championship game on ESPN preventing the Bengals from advancing to the NCAA tournament. Joyce finished with 14 points in this contest.
Joyce finished his playing career under Hall of Fame Coach, Dan Hays, at Oklahoma Christian and was an all-conference selection as a senior. His success continued as a coach. Joyce was an assistant coach at the Central Oklahoma (UCO), helping the Broncos win the Lone Star Conference championship, qualify for the national tournament and finish the season ranked No. 4 in the country with 24-5 overall record during his tenure. From UCO, Joyce went on to be the assistant men's basketball coach/sports information director at Colby Community College, which competes in the nationally renowned Jayhawk Conference.
During his time, he helped lead Colby to the best league record in school history. In addition, he had a number of his recruits go on to play Division I basketball.
Joyce received an associate of arts degree in business administration from NJC, a bachelor's of science in psychology from Oklahoma Christian and a master of arts in criminal justice with an emphasis in sociology from Central Oklahoma. Joyce also has completed 12 hours toward his Ph.D. in educational leadership and administration.
Joyce and his wife Tina, are parents of a son Dalton (13) and a daughter Regan Kate (9).
The Joyce File
Year at Liberty: Fourth
High School: La Cueva High School, Albuquerque, N.M.
College: Northeastern Junior College, (1991-1993)
Idaho State University (1993-1995)
Oklahoma Christian, (1995-1996)
Central Oklahoma, (1996-1997)
Education: Associate of arts degree in business administration from NJC (1993), a bachelor's of science in psychology from Oklahoma Christian (1996) and a master of arts in criminal justice with an emphasis in sociology from Central Oklahoma (1997). Has completed 12 hours toward his Ph.D. in educational leadership and administration at Colorado State University
2009-Present (Fourth year) – Liberty – Assistant Coach
2007-2009 (2 years) – Western Nebraska Community College – Head Coach
2006-2007 (1 years) – Colorado Sate – Assistant Coach
2002-2006 (4 years) – Northeastern Junior College – Head Coach/Associate Athletic Director
2001-2002 (1 year) – Northeastern Junior College-Associate Head Coach
1999-2001 (2 years) – Northeastern Junior College-Assistant Coach
1997-1999 (2 years) – Colby Community College – Assistant Coach and Sports Information Director
1996-1997 – (1 year) – Central Oklahoma – Assistant Coach
Hometown: Albuquerque, N.M.
Wife: Tina (married 17 years)
Children: Dalton (13) and Regan Kate (9).