With a decade's worth of experience on the sidelines with the UC Davis women's basketball program, assistant coach Joe Teramoto enters his 10th season with the Aggies, serving as the team's "defensive coordinator" and focusing on post player development, while working with all facets of the program.
Teramoto joined the UC Davis staff in June of 2006, helping the Aggies to four postseason appearances -- including a Big West Conference tournament title, a 24-win season, and the team's first trip to the NCAA Tournament at the Division I level in 2011. He has also helped guide the Aggies to WNIT berths in 2008 -- the program's first full season of Division I competition -- as well as 2010 and 2012.
Working on UC Davis' inside presence, Teramoto has helped developed some of the top post players in school history. Forward Paige Mintun was a three-time first-team All-Big West Conference selection, including leading the team in both scoring (13.0 ppg) and rebounding (4.5 rpg) as the Aggies posted 21 wins and claimed the Big West regular season crown.
Ellen Porshneva (2004-07), who became the 12th Aggie to score 1,000 points for her career and ranks seventh on the school's all-time scoring list with 1,251 points, along with Big West Conference Freshman of the Year Lauren Juric (2009-12), were two other posts that flourished under Teramoto's tutelage in the program's Division I infancy.
The 2012-13 season saw the arrival of highly touted post players Alyson Doherty and Celia Marfone, the former claiming Big West All-Freshman Team honors and a pair of All-Big West second team laurels, with the latter ranking among the top 10 in the Big West in rebounding each of the last two seasons. In addition, Doherty also led the conference in field goal percentage (.557) as a sophomore in 2013-14.
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, and a daughter, Amelia.