Joe Pasternack is in his sixth year as an assistant coach after serving the previous two years as a member of the Golden Bear support staff.
Pasternack came to Berkeley in 1999 as Cal's video coordinator, where he was involved in game preparation, breaking down game film and other administrative duties. During the summer of 2001, head coach Ben Braun elevated him to an assistant coach, giving him the promotion at age 24.
In his current role, Pasternack oversees the Bears' scouting and game preparation efforts by studying game film, writing scouting reports and helping prepare the team on the court for upcoming opponents. His hard work has helped Cal rank among the Pac-10 defensive leaders each season. In 2005-06, the Bears limited foes to just 64.5 ppg - the lowest for Cal opponents since the introduction of the 35-second shot clock in 1987. Cal has also limited teams to less than 44 percent field goal shooting every year.
In addition, Pasternack, who primarily works with the team's guards in day-to-day practices, is also heavily involved in coordinating Cal's recruiting and has helped attract several Top 25 classes during his tenure. Known for his intensity and workaholic approach to his position, Pasternack adds to his knowledge of the game by studying successful leaders through reading and game film.
Pasternack graduated from Indiana in 1999 with a bachelor's degree in marketing. He was a manager for the Indiana basketball team for four years under coach Bob Knight, where he broke down game film and assisted in scouting opponents. In his 11 years associated with the Cal and Indiana basketball programs, he has helped teams to the NCAA tournament eight times.
A native of New Orleans, Pasternack played varsity high school basketball for four years at Metairie Park Country Day. He and his wife, Lindsay, have a son, Joe IV, and reside in the East Bay.