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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. Since his time with Liberty, Joyce has helped the Flames set a new program record in conference wins with 13 (2010-11). He was also instrumental in helping the program capture the 2013 Big South Championship. This was done during an incredible four-game run leading to Liberty's third NCAA Tournament appearance. Overall, Joyce has 17 years of college coaching experience, including six years as a head coach.
Prior to coming to Liberty, Joyce was a member of Layer's staff at Colorado State. Bookending his time under Layer, Joyce spent nine 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."
In 2009, Joyce helped lead the WNCC Cougars 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 after winning 21 of its last 25 games. The Cougars also received votes in the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) national poll the last three weeks of the season.
As a head coach, Joyce has experienced plenty of success in compiling a 138-59 record at WNCC and Northeastern Junior College. In 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 at NJC before transferring to Idaho State. He was a part of a Big Sky regular season championship team that eventually lost to Boise State in the championship game on ESPN. This prevented the Bengals from advancing to the NCAA tournament. Joyce finished with 14 points in the 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 served as an assistant coach at the Central Oklahoma (UCO), and helped the Broncos win the Lone Star Conference championship which qualified the team for the national tournament. The Broncos finished 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 there, he helped lead Colby to the best league record in school history. In addition, four of his recruits went on to play Division I basketball.
Joyce received an Associate of Arts in Business Administration from NJC, a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from Oklahoma Christian, and a Master of Arts in Criminal Justice from Central Oklahoma. He has also completed 12 hours toward his Ph.D. in Educational Leadership and Administration.
Joyce and his wife Tina are parents of a son, Dalton (14), and a daughter, Regan Kate (10).
The Joyce File
Year at Liberty: Fifth
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 (Fifth 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 18 years)
Children: Dalton (14) and Regan Kate (10).