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Joe Golding

Head Coach


Joe Golding, who led Abilene Christian to the NCAA Tournament in two of his final three seasons with the program and an upset win over third-seed Texas in the 2021 "Big Dance" was appointed the 20th head coach in UTEP men’s basketball history on April 13, 2021. 
Golding experienced immediate success in his first year on the sidelines with the Orange and Blue, directing the Miners to their first 20-win season (20-14) since going 22-11 in 2014-15. UTEP earned a spot in The Basketball Classic for its first postseason appearance since 2015. The Miners defeated Western Illinois, 80-54, on March 19 for their first postseason win since 2009.
UTEP was 11-7 in league play, securing the first winning record in conference action since forging a mark of 12-6 in 2016-17. That was aided by winning 10 of 14 down the stretch, including halting back-to-back C-USA West Division Champion North Texas’ 15-game winning streak, 70-68, on “Senior Day” on March 5. The Miners then went on to defeat Old Dominion, 74-64, on March 9 for their first victory at the C-USA Championships in five years.
Golding’s charges achieved notable success on the road, compiling their most road wins (seven) since going 8-2 in 2013-14. UTEP (5-4) had its first winning record on the road in league play  since 2016-17, and the five league road wins surpassed its total (four) of such games from the prior three seasons combined.
The Miners registered their first road win at LA Tech since 2004, at New Mexico since 2009, at ODU since 2015 and at UTSA since 2015. They also secured the first road sweep of the LA Tech and Southern Miss trip in six years.
UTEP enjoyed a six-game winning streak in conference play (Jan. 15 to Feb. 5), which was the longest since also posting six straight C-USA victories in 2016.
With the Miners finishing at 20-14, Golding joined Don Haskins (18-6, 1961-62), Doc Sadler (27-8, 2004-05) and Tim Floyd (25-10, 2010-11) as the only coaches in program history to have a winning season in their first year on the sidelines. Overall, the prior 19 head coaches combined to forge an average record of 9-13 in their first year with UTEP.
Individually, Souley Boum (second team) and Jamal Bieniemy (third team) both earned All-Conference USA accolades. Boum was also a NABC All-District honoree.
Golding, 46, performed a remarkable turnaround at ACU after shepherding the Wildcats’ transition from Division II to Division I.  He guided the Wildcats to a record of 158-144 in 10 seasons at the helm of the program (2011-2021), including a 71-23 mark over the last three years. ACU chalked up three consecutive 20-win seasons, finishing with a 27-7 mark in 2018-19, the most wins in program history. ACU finished 20-11 overall and 15-5 in league play during the 2019-20 season before the postseason was canceled due to the emergence of the COVID-19 pandemic. It marked just the second time in program history that the team put together back-to-back 20-win seasons including the postseason; the first came during coach Golding's playing days. 
Golding directed ACU to a 24-5 overall record and a 13-2 Southland Conference mark during the 2020-21 campaign. The Wildcats claimed the Southland Conference tournament title, and the first NCAA Tournament win in program history when #14 seed ACU shocked the heavily favored Longhorns, 53-52, in the first round on March 20. Golding was named the NABC District 22 co-Coach of the Year, while Kolton Kohl was selected to the All-District 22 first team. Kohl was also named to the 2020-21 All-Southland Conference first team, while Joe Pleasant earned second team All-League honors and Coryon Mason garnered third team recognition. Damien Daniels, Reggie Miller and Mason were also tabbed to the league All-Defensive team.
Golding, who played point guard at ACU from 1994-98, took over as the head coach at his alma mater in 2011. In his first season, the Wildcats were 12-16 overall and 4-14 in the Lone Star Conference. ACU began competing at the Division I level during the 2013-14 season. Four years later, they reached the postseason (College Insider Tournament) and, the year after that, they were in the Big Dance. 
Golding’s teams have also excelled in the classroom with a perfect 1,000 Academic Progress Rate (APR) in each of the last four years, and a 3.2 grade point average this season.  Every one of his players who exhausted their eligibility graduated from ACU.
Golding’s first coaching job was as a varsity assistant at South Garland High School, where he helped the team to back-to-back Class 5A playoff appearances. He spent the 2001-02 season as an assistant coach at Seminole Junior College before taking the head coaching job at Sachse High School. During the program’s first years at the 5A level, Golding led the team to a 15-14 record in 2002-03 and an 18-10 mark in 2003-04. Golding spent the 2004-05 season as an assistant coach at Collin County Community College, and the next three seasons (2005-08) as the top assistant to head coach Jason Copeland at ACU before joining head coach Steve Shields’ staff at Arkansas Little Rock.  His three years at UALR (2008-11) produced a Sun Belt Conference title and an appearance in the NCAA Tournament. 
Golding was a four-year letterwinner at ACU from 1994-98, playing in all 108 games, and was given the Teague Point Guard Award as a senior. He shot 46 percent from the floor over his four-year career, and averaged 4.2 assists per game. He graduated from ACU with a bachelor’s degree in exercise and sport science in May of 1999.
Golding and his wife, Amanda, have two sons, Cason and Chase.

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