Joel Wallace, a former UAB assistant who spent 11 years as the men's soccer head coach at Westminster (Mo.) College, enters his eighth season in his second stint on the Blazers' staff and his ninth season in total at UAB.
Wallace specializes in working with goalkeepers and continues that role in his position with the Blazers. UAB head coach Mike Getman feels Wallace is an excellent asset to his staff and for his players.
"Coach Wallace brings a lot of energy and experience to our team," said Getman. "I am very excited to have such an outstanding coach in our program. His primary responsibility is coaching our goalkeepers, but he will have a hand in all aspects of UAB Soccer."
Wallace, who boasts more than 20 years of collegiate soccer coaching experience, was the head men's coach at Westminster from 1998-2008. Additionally, he coached the women's soccer team from 2005-08. Wallace was an assistant coach at UAB under Getman from 1994-95.
Wallace left the Westminster men's program as the winningest soccer coach in school history, racking up an 11-year record of 105-85-16. Additionally, he guided the Blue Jays to the school's first conference title in soccer and its first-ever NCAA tournament appearance in 2002. Including his one year spent as a head coach at his alma mater, MacMurray (Mo.) College, Wallace has compiled a career record of 121-91-17 during his 12-year head coaching career.
Prior to becoming a collegiate head coach, Wallace spent five seasons as an assistant coach at MacMurray College (1992-94) and Connecticut (1996), as well as with the Blazers. While at UAB, Wallace also earned his master's degree in athletic administration.
Wallace is a graduate of MacMurray College where he earned first-team all-conference and all-region honors in the net. During his playing days (1988-91), Wallace helped lead MacMurray to the NCAA Division III Sweet 16 (1990) and Elite Eight (1991). He was also tabbed a two-time Prairie College Conference Most Valuable Player (1989 and 1990). He still holds several school records, including most career shutouts (40), most shutouts in a season (18 in 1991), and most consecutive shutouts (7). His 18 shutouts during the 1991 campaign also are an NCAA Division III record.
Wallace has two children, a daughter, Ryli (20), and son, Kevin (19), who is a member of the UAB men's soccer program.