USC Assistant Howard Joffe Takes Head Coaching Position|
June 28, 2007
After spending five seasons as an assistant coach to Richard Gallien with the USC women's tennis program, Howard Joffe has accepted his first head coaching job, taking over the reins at Miami University of Ohio. As a USC assistant, Joffe helped the Women of Troy to top-10 final rankings all five seasons.
"First and foremost, I am enormously disappointed to lose Howard because he is a great coach but he's also been a great friend," Gallien said of Joffe. "However, I am enormously happy for him with this new opportunity. Howard is extremely talented and gifted. I am also very happy for the student-athletes on his team at Miami because they are going to have a marvelous coach and one who will really ensure that their athletic and academic experience will be fruitful and memorable."
Joffe's collegiate playing career was also under Gallien's guidance, as Gallien served as the Pepperdine head coach during Joffe's time as an athlete with the Waves. In 2002, Gallien picked Joffe to join him on his coaching staff, and the pair helped propel the Trojans to the most season wins since 1986 with a 22-6 overall mark in the 2003 season. The following year, Joffe was named the ITA West Region Assistant Coach of the Year. Since then, USC has continued to push into the NCAA Tournament, most recently making its ninth straight trip to the postseason.
"While I'm very excited about the opportunity ahead of me, I obviously have very mixed feelings," Joffe said. "I'm really looking forward to being a head coach, but I'm leaving a place I love dearly. I'd like to thank Mike Garrett, Carol Dougherty, Richard Gallien and the whole Trojan family who have allowed me to complete my formal education and get fantastic experience at one of the nation's leading academic and athletic institutions. I'll be keeping a close eye on all our programs, and will be pulling for the Trojans in the seasons to come."
Joffe takes over a Miami University women's tennis program that has captured a league-best 15 Mid-American Conference championships since 1980-81, including a string of nine consecutive league titles over the first nine years the MAC sponsored women's tennis. He replaces Ray Reppert, who coached the RedHawks for 12 seasons and was a three-time MAC Coach of the Year.
Joffe, a native of South Africa, is not unfamiliar with the state of Ohio, as he spent three years as a tennis pro at the Quail Run Raquet Club in Dayton, Ohio, and also served as the director of tennis at the club in 2000 and 2001 before coming to USC.