As a former quarterback, running back and cornerback, Vance Joseph has earned praise, criticism, accolades, and controversy, enough to fill his portfolio as a former professional player and now as a coach. In 2018, the African-American is currently the head coach of the Denver Broncos in the NFL. In that capacity, he has written himself into the franchise history books as the first permanent head coach of black origin.
Joseph was a star in the 1990s with teams like the Indianapolis Colts and the New York Jets. In his coaching career, he has also worked for the San Francisco 49ers, the Miami Dolphins, and several other NFL heavyweights.
Vance Joseph Bio
Born on September 20, 1972, Marrero from Louisiana became active in soccer when he enrolled at Archbishop Shaw High School. Here he played soccer and basketball. While Vance was successful in both sports, he decided to stay with soccer. When Vance Joseph transferred to the University of Colorado in 1990, he eventually focused exclusively on soccer.
He played for the Colorado Buffaloes team until his retirement in 1994. In his first year at the university, Joseph Vance played his part in the team’s journey to winning the 1990 national championship, playing as a running back and quarterback in his 30 games at the school. By the time he graduated in 1994, he had a 55.7 percent pass and 4 touchdowns.
Joseph was not drafted in the 1995 NFL draft but joined the New York Jets as a defensive back shortly thereafter. He then played for the Indianapolis Colts before the end of his season. He played two seasons for both teams, playing six games and scoring two interceptions.
NFL Coaching Career
Vance Joseph focused on his coaching career from 1999 and became part of the coaching staff of the Colorado Buffaloes. In 2002, he briefly joined the Wyoming Cowboys as a secondary coach before returning to Colorado, this time as a defensive backs coach until 2003, when he took on the same role with the Bowling Green Falcons for the 2004 campaign.
Early the following year, Vance Joseph joined the San Francisco 49ers as part of the secondary coaching staff. He left the 49ers in 2011 and joined the Houston Texans as a Defensive Backs Coach. Thanks to his work, the team’s defensive team made it to the top seven in the NFL rankings for three consecutive years. In those three years, the team also managed to win two division titles, which meant the first league wins in the team’s history.
His successes from his time with the Texans led him to be signed by the Cincinnati Bengals, who needed his expertise and experience. He joined the team in January 2014, and his inclusion on the coaching staff brought results almost immediately. The defense had 41 interceptors, the best in the league. The Miami Dolphins came and picked him up from the Bengals before the 2016 campaign. He had similar success in defense, where he helped the team finish high enough to qualify for the playoffs for the first time in eight years.
And then came his first opportunity as head honcho of an NFL team. On January 11, 2017, he was signed as head coach at the Denver Broncos. This made him only the second African-American to hold this position for the team – after Eric Studesville, who played four games for the team seven years ago – and the first to hold this position permanently. He ended his first campaign with the Broncos with a 5-11 record.
Joseph has had his own share of controversy. Since 2004, the accusations against the NFL coach for sexual assault have hung like a cloud over him. The first accusation came in 2004 during his time in Colorado. Two female coaches made accusations against him, claiming that Vance had sexually abused them. The case was closed, however, after both women concerned refused to pursue any kind of trial or investigation.
He resurfaced in 2017 when he was interviewed for the position of head coach of the Denver Broncos. He was again under investigation and was questioned about the assaults on the spot during the interview. Joseph denied all allegations.
His Wife and Family
Vance was born the son of his parents Linda and Robert Joseph. Through them, he has an older brother named Mickey Joseph. Mickey was a much more popular player than Vance in his day and has been on the coaching staff of Louisiana State University as a wide receiver coach since 2017.
Vance Joseph is married to his wife Holly Joseph (formerly Pittman). Together the couple has two lovely children, a daughter named Nataly and a son named Stone.
Joseph’s Net Worth
It is of course to be expected that one earns a lot of money as head coach of one of the top teams in the National Football League. This may be true in the case of Vance Joseph, but his salary and total assets are still uncertain.