Joe Pasternack

Joe Pasternack (born April 15, 1977)

Current position: Head men’s basketball coach
Current team: UC Santa Barbara Gauchos
Current conference: Big West Conference
New Orleans record: 54-60 (.474)
UC Santa Barbara record: 148-68 (.685)
Overall record: 202-128 (.612)

Career Accomplishments:


Coaching Career (head coach, unless noted):

2017-present UC Santa Barbara
2013-2017 Arizona (assoc. HC)
2011-2013 Arizona (asst)
2007-2011 New Orleans
2000-2007 California (asst)
1995-1999 Indiana (student manager)

Joe Pasternack Facts

  • Joe Pasternack III
  • Born April 15, 1972
  • Hometown: New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Alma Mater: Indiana University (BS, 1999)
  • Born in Metairie, Louisiana, Pasternack grew up in a Reform Jewish family in New Orleans
  • After four years at Metairie Park Country Day School in Louisiana, went to Indiana University and served as a student manager for four seasons under legendary head coach Bob Knight
  • First full-time coaching job was as an assistant at Cal under Ben Braun
  • Returned to his native New Orleans in 2007 to become the head coach at UNO
    • During his four years there, the Sun Belt school dropped down D-I to D-III as a result of a drop in enrollment and budget after Hurricane Katrina
    • Pasternack left the school in 2011 when his contract was up after three years in the Sun Belt and one final year as a Division I Independent (the school ultimately decided to stay DI and would join the Southland Conference two years later)
  • Spent six years on Sean Miller‘s staff at Arizona, the first four as an assistant then two more as associate head coach
  • Hired in April 2017 to become the new head coach at UC Santa Barbara out of the Big West

Joe Pasternack Coaching Tree

  • Ben Tucker (Embry-Riddle)