In his 12 years at Utah before accepting a job as the head coach at Wyoming, Joe Legerski's tireless work ethic and tremendous knowledge of the game helped build the Utes into one of the region's premier teams in the paint. As a result of his major role in the success of the Utah program, Legerski was promoted to associate head coach following the 1997-98 season.
In 1993, Legerski coached the best post duo in the league in Mikki Kane-Barton and Susana Tauteoli. Kane-Barton, named the 1993 WAC Most Valuable Player and MVP of the WAC Tournament, ranks fourth in career points and seventh in rebounds at the U. Tauteoli is ninth in scoring average and 10th in rebounding average.
Legerski also helped develop junior college transfer Amber McEwen into a two-time first-team all-conference selection, the 1996 WAC Player of the Year and an Honorable Mention Kodak All-American. McEwen ranks second in career rebounding average at Utah. Lauren Beckman finished her career at Utah ranked in the top 10 in several categories, including scoring (eighth), rebounding (seventh) and blocks (first). She was a 2000-01 Honorable Mention Kodak All-American and a two-time first-team all-Mountain West Conference selection.
The former four-year Wyoming assistant helped lead the Cowgirls to the championship game of two High Country Athletic Conference (predecessor to the WAC) tournaments. Wyoming was also the 1989-90 HCAC regular-season champion. Legerski joined the Cowgirl staff after a year as head women's coach at Western Wyoming (1986-87), where his team posted a 14-13 ledger and placed second in the region.
From 1984-86, Legerski was head coach at Rock Springs High School, where he compiled a 28-14 mark and was a two-time coach of the year. He spent the 1979-84 seasons as assistant boys' coach at Rock Springs High.
Legerski graduated from Wyoming in 1979 with a bachelor's degree in business education. The Rock Springs, Wyo., native is married to the former Jamie Beadles. The couple has three children: stepson, Zane (who was an All-American offensive lineman at Utah from 2006-09), son Joseph III, and a daughter, Madison.