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Wheelchair Rugby

Career

In Fall of 2021, Joe took over as the Head Coach of USA Wheelchair Rugby Team after a long playing career the started in 2006.  Now entering his first Paralympic year as Head Coach, Joe brings a wealth of knowledge to the team with a focus on team dynamics first and strategy second. 

Joe's wheelchair rugby career ended with him being one of the best 2.0 players in the world. He was the only wheelchair rugby player named Athlete of the Year twice in the USWRA, winning the award in 2012 and 2015. He was named best in class 2.0 in the 2014 and 2018 World Wheelchair Rugby Championships. Joe won bronze at the London 2012 Paralympics, was an alternate for the Rio 2016 squad that won Silver, and was Captain of the team that won Silver at the Tokyo 2020 Paralympics. 

Whether leading as a coach or player, Joe has learned that it is through the power of response that we forge through as champions!

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USA Wheelchair Rugby Head Coach

  • 2022: Americas Wheelchair Rugby Championship - Medellin, Colombia - Gold Medal

  • 2022: Tri-Nations - Birmingham, Alabama - Gold Medal

  • 2022: World Championships - Vejle, Denmark - Silver Medal

  • 2023: Japan Para Championships - Chiba, Japan - Bronze Medal

  • 2023: Para Pan American Championships - Santiago, Chile -Gold Medal 

Athlete

  • 2020: Paralympic Games - Tokyo, Japan - Silver Medal 

  • 2020: Quad Nations - Leicester, England - Gold Medal

  • 2019: World Wheelchair Rugby Challenge - Tokyo, Japan - Gold Medal

  • 2019: Parapan American Games - Lima, Peru - Gold Medal

  • 2019: Four Nations Wheelchair Rugby Invitational - Birmingham, Alabama - Silver Medal

  • 2018: IWRF World Championship - Sydney, Australia - Bronze Medal

  • 2018: World Championships All Tournament Team- Best 2.0 in the world

  • 2018: Canada Cup- Vancouver, Canada- Gold Medal

  • 2018: Quad Nations- Leicester, England-Gold Medal

  • 2017: American Zonal Championships- Asunción, Paraguay- Gold Medal

  • 2017: Japan Para Championships - Chiba, Japan - Gold Medal

  • 2017: Tri Nations - Birmingham, Alabama - Silver Medal

  • 2017: Tri Nations All Tournament Team

  • 2016: Paralympic Games - Rio de Janiero - Alternate

  • 2015: World Wheelchair Rugby Challenge - London, United Kingdom - Silver Medal

  • 2015: World Wheelchair Rugby Challenge All Tournament Team

  • 2015: Parapan American Games- Toronto, Canada- Silver Medal

  • 2015: USQRA Athlete of the Year (Only player to receive award 2x)

  • 2014: IWRF World Championship - Odense, Denmark - Bronze Medal

  • 2014: World Championship All Tournament Team-Best 2.0 in the World

  • 2014: Phoenix Heat Club Team - Division I National Champions

  • 2013: Denmark Wheelchair Rugby Challenge - Odense, Denmark - Gold Medal

  • 2013: Tri-Nations Tournament Sydney, Australia - Gold Medal

  • 2013: American Zonal Championships - Birmingham, Alabama - Gold Medal

  • 2012: Paralympic Games - London, United Kingdom - Bronze Medal

  • 2012: Canada Cup, Vancouver, Canada- Gold Medal

  • 2012: USQRA Athlete of the Year

  • 2011: Wheelchair Rugby American Zonal Championships-Bogota, Columbia- Gold Medal

  • 2010: World Wheelchair Rugby Championship-Vancouver, Canada- Gold Medal

  • 2009: USA Wheelchair Rugby American Zonal Training Team

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