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Assistant coach Joe Teramoto is entering his eighth season at UC Davis in 2013-14. He will continue to be the post development coach and play a key role in assisting on both offense and defense for the Aggies. Teramoto also helps with recruiting, scouting, academic advising and summer camps.
Since starting in June of 2006, Teramoto has helped UC Davis reach a postseason tournament four times, including the team's first trip to the Div. I NCAA Tournament in 2010-11. Teramoto and the Aggies were selected to the WNIT in 2007-08, 2009-10 and 2011-12.
Working with post players, Teramoto was key in developing one of the best players in program history. Forward Paige Mintun was a three-time first team all-Big West selection. As a junior in 2009-10, Mintun led the Aggies in both scoring (13.0 ppg) and rebounding (4.5 rpg) while pushing UC Davis to its first Big West regular season title. After the 2010-11 season, in which Mintun and the Aggies claimed the Big West Tournament title, she was honored with the Hubert Heitman Award, given to the top female athlete at UC Davis. That season she once again lead the team in scoring (14.4 ppg) and rebounding (5.7 rpg).
Last year, in 2012-13, Teramoto and the Aggies brought in three highly touted freshman post players. Alyson Doherty, a 6-foot-3 native of Lake Forest, Calif., was named to the Big West All-Freshman team after averaging 5.3 points and 4.9 rebounds. The former South Coast League MVP started 27 games as a true freshman. Celia Marfone made 24 starts while averaging 5.3 points and 4.0 rebounds per game. She finished third on the team, shooting 38.5 percent from the field and 80.4 percent at the free throw line. Heidi Johnson made one start while appearing in 28 games. She scored a career-high 12 points and grabbed six rebounds against rival Sacramento State.
Prior to his arrival at UC Davis, Teramoto served as an assistant coach at Saint Mary's from 2003-2006. During his three years with the Gaels, he was involved in all aspects of the program and primarily worked with post players.
Teramoto graduated from Cal Poly in 2002 with a bachelor's degree in biological sciences and a minor in biotechnology. He earned his master's in educational leadership, also from Cal Poly, in 2007.While still in high school and college, Teramoto spent three seasons coaching junior high basketball before moving up for three seasons at San Luis Obispo HS. As the varsity coach in 2002-03, the Tigers finished 22-3 overall and 12-0 in the Pac-5 League.
A native of Concord, Calif., Teramoto prepped at Ygnacio Valley HS where he competed in basketball, water polo, tennis, and swimming, earning 10 varsity letters and graduating as the only student in Warrior history to be named Athlete of the Year and valedictorian in the same year.
Teramoto married UC Davis head coach Jennifer Gross in 2010 when they were both assistants on former coach Sandy Simpson's staff. The couple has a son, Joshua.