Joe Wortmann, the 2003 Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Co-Coach of the Year and 1996 Coach of the Year, is entering his 22nd season as the head coach of Pacific men's volleyball program in 2014.
The 2012 Tigers finished the season at the No. 14 position in the AVCA Coaches Poll. For the year, Pacific ended the season with 69 block solos and 482 block assists good for fourth in the nation with 3.01 blocks per game.
In 2011, Wortmann led the Tigers to an 11-19 overall record with a 5-17 conference mark in the MPSF. For the first time in four seasons, Pacific finished the year nationally ranked at 15th in the American Volleyball Coaches Association poll.
Wortmann came to Pacific in 1989 as an assistant to John Dunning with the women's program and served under Dunning for three years. He brought with him an extensive list of coaching experiences with younger players, coming to Pacific from Newbury Park High School in Newbury Park, Calif., where he was head coach of the girls' team from 1986-89. He also coached several volleyball clubs, including the Stockton Volleyball Club in 1990, the Zuma Bay Volleyball Club in Agoura, Calif., in 1989, and the SoCal Volleyball Club in Calabasas, Calif., from 1985 to 1987.
Wortmann upgraded the Pacific men's volleyball program from club status to NCAA Division I status in 1992. In just its fourth year as a Division I program, Pacific qualified for its first playoff appearance, while competing in the best collegiate conference in the country.
In 1995, Wortmann was selected to coach the USA Youth National Team, which competed in the World Championships in San Juan, Puerto Rico, where he discovered former Tiger standout Vladimir Andric.
During the 1996 season, the Tigers were ranked as high as seventh in the nation and for the first time, defeated perennial powers Stanford, USC (twice), Pepperdine, BYU, and Cal State Northridge.
Pacific's 1997 season began January 10-11 at the UC Santa Barbara Tournament with a first-ever win over defending national champion UCLA. The 1999 season saw Wortmann and his squad defeat two Top-10 teams in one weekend, by defeating USC 3-1 and sweeping No. 3 Long Beach State. Pacific also defeated conference rival Stanford in both meetings in 1999, with the matches ending 3-2. In the second meeting, Pacific won the rally game by a score of 23-21. In 2000, Wortmann led the squad to victory against No. 8 BYU in five games. The Tigers were down 2-0, but quickly pulled off the next three games to defeat the Cougars.
In 2001, Wortmann led his squad past two No. 1 teams by sweeping Long Beach State on February 3 and battling back to win in five games against BYU on March 31. Pacific was again down 2-0 before sweeping the remaining three games. The team started the season ranked No.13 in the nation, reaching a peak at the No.10 spot. The Tigers finished the season ranked No.11 in the nation with a record of 10-13 overall.
In the 2002 season, Wortmann guided the Tigers to victory over No. 1 ranked Pepperdine on February 21. The Tigers peaked at No. 11 after a streak of five wins in seven matches, including the Pepperdine victory. The Tigers finished the season with a 10-18 record.
2003 ranked as the third most successful season for the Tigers as they finished with a .563 winning percentage. Once again, Pacific took out the No. 1 team in the land as they swept Pepperdine on March 28. During the season, the Tigers moved as high in the national rankings as No. 4, helping earn Wortmann his second Coach of the Year award.
Despite struggling in 2004, Wortmann guided the Tigers to some big conference wins, knocking off No. 5 UC Santa Barbara at the Spanos Center on January 29. The Tigers nearly took down the No.1 team in the nation for the fourth consecutive season, taking No. 1 UCLA to five games before falling. Pacific ended on an up-swing, defeating No. 10 Stanford in back-to-back matches.
Following a 2005 season that saw the Tigers finish ranked No. 13 in the Nation, Wortmann was selected and coached Team USA at the World University Games in Europe during the summer months following the season. He led a team of experienced college players and former World University Game members, including former Tiger Brian Zodrow.
Coach Wortmann led a young Tiger squad to a win at the Dino Cup in the fall of 2005, leading to a confident team hitting the floor for the 2006 season. With just one senior on the roster, the Tigers were still able to compete at high level while finishing 10th in the MPSF.
Wortmann graduated Cum Laude from Loyola Marymount University in 1978 with bachelor's degrees in philosophy and religious studies. Wortmann received his California Teacher's Credential from Cal State Northridge in 1986. In 1991, he received his USVBA CAP Level II Coaching Certification. In May 1998, he graduated with a master's degree in clinical psychology from Pacific.
Joe and his wife, Sharon, live in Stockton with their two sons, Christopher and Patrick.