Joe Pasternack (born April 15, 1977) is an American college basketball coach. He is the current head coach of the UC Santa Barbara Gauchos, having been appointed to the position in March 2017.
Pasternack served for four years (2007–11) as the head coach of the New Orleans Privateers. The University of Arizona hired Pasternack in 2011, and promoted him to Associate Head Coach of the Wildcats in 2013. In his six seasons with the team, it was 174-47.
Pasternack was born in Metairie, Louisiana, grew up in New Orleans, Louisiana, and is Jewish. His parents are Joe Jr. and Sarah Pasternack. He attended Sunday school at a Reform synagogue in New Orleans, and became a bar mitzvah.
He and his wife, Lindsay (née Bernstein), have a son Joe IV and a daughter Lilly. His wife served on the board of directors of the Tucson Jewish Community Center. Her brother Roxy Bernstein is a college basketball play-by-play announcer for ESPN.
Pasternack "played" four years of high school varsity basketball as a shooting guard at Metairie Park Country Day School in Metairie, Louisiana, though he never actually played.
He attended Indiana University, where he spent four years as a student manager for the Hoosiers men's basketball team under head coach Bob Knight. He graduated in 1999 with a B.S. in Marketing.
Pasternack's first professional coaching position was at the University of California, Berkeley, where he served as an assistant coach of the Golden Bears from 2000 until 2007 under head coach Ben Braun.
Pasternack next served for four years (2007–11) as the head coach of the University of New Orleans Privateers basketball team, a position he took in July 2007 after the resignation of Buzz Williams. He became the 11th head coach in UNO history. He earned a record of 54–60 (.474) while there. At the beginning of his second season at UNO, the University determined that Division 1 was not going to be economically feasible after Hurricane Katrina, and the university allowed its players to transfer as it planned to transition out of Division 1. His 2010-11 team went 16-6, topping the standings among Division I Independent institutions. Pasternack remained to fulfill his four-year contract, and then departed for an assistant position at Arizona.
The University of Arizona hired Pasternack, initially for $190,000, on May 19, 2011, after Archie Miller, brother of Arizona Head Coach Sean Miller, left the Wildcats to become head coach at Dayton. In June 2013 Pasternack was promoted to the position of Associate Head Coach. In his final season with the school, he earned $302,000. In his six seasons with the team, it recorded a 174-47 record.
On March 31, 2017, Pasternack, who was 39 years old at the time, was hired as the new Men's Head Basketball Coach for the UC Santa Barbara Gauchos. He became the third head coach of the team in 34 years.