Camp Coaching Staff

MaChelle Joseph and her experienced staff will run each camp, with the rest of the staff being made up of current players as well as some of the finest college and high school coaches in the area. We take pride in providing each participant with high quality instruction and close supervision.

MaChelle Joseph / Head Coach

MaChelle Joseph is in her 16th season as the head women’s basketball coach at Georgia Tech. In her first 15 seasons at Georgia Tech, she has led the women’s basketball program to 11 postseason appearances, including seven NCAA Tournament berths, and 10 20-plus win seasons.

With Joseph at the helm, the Jackets recorded the first-ever NCAA Sweet Sixteen appearance in Georgia Tech women’s basketball history in 2012. Joseph is the winningest coach in Georgia Tech women’s basketball history with a career record of 294-191.

During the 2013-14 season, the Yellow Jackets completed its seventh 20 win season in the past eight years under Coach Joseph. The Jackets also received its seventh at-large bid to the NCAA Tournament under Coach Joseph. Tech finished the season at 20-12 and seventh in the ACC with a 9-7 conference record.

Mark Simmons / Assistant Coach

A collegiate coaching veteran, Mark Simons returns to The Flats as an assistant coach for the Georgia Tech women’s basketball program, beginning his first season in 2018-19. Simons, who’s coaching career spans over 35 years, previously served on the Tech women’s basketball staff from 2006-08.

“I am very excited to add a coach with Mark’s experience to our women’s basketball staff,” commented Joseph. “I have a tremendous amount of respect for Mark. I know that we will have an impact on our post players and our player development program. The fact that Mark has coached in three different Power 5 conferences will be very valuable to our program.”

During his first tenure on The Flats, Simons helped guide the Jackets to a pair of NCAA Tournament appearances and 20-win campaigns, including a then-program best 22 wins in 2007-08. The back-to-back NCAA Tournament appearances were the first postseason appearances under Joseph’s tutelage and first consecutive appearances in program history. On March 17, 2007, Tech won their first NCAA Tournament contest.

Sasha Palmer / Assistant Coach

Bringing over 15 years of collegiate coaching experience to The Flats, Sasha Palmer joined the women’s basketball program as an assistant coach in July 2018. Palmer arrived on The Flats from Wisconsin, where she most recently served in the same position for the past three seasons.

“I am so excited to add someone with Sasha’s experience level to our coaching staff,” stated Joseph. “She is a tireless worker that understands the recruiting process at a high level having been an assistant coach at the major Division I level and a head coach in Division II. I know our student-athletes will benefit from Sasha being a member of our Georgia Tech women’s basketball family.”

“I am truly blessed to have the opportunity to be a part of Georgia Tech’s women’s basketball program and I want to thank Coach Joseph for her belief in me,” commented Palmer. “We have a great staff and I look forward to doing big things here at Georgia Tech.”

Jonneshia Pineda / Assist. Coach/Camp Dir

Georgia Tech women’s basketball head coach MaChelle Joseph announced the promotion of Jonneshia Pineda to assistant coach on June 9, 2017. Pineda extends her role on staff having joined the Yellow Jacket family in 2013.

Pineda has a strong basketball background, which includes playing, coaching, skills training and counselor experience. She is no stranger to the Georgia Tech women’s basketball program, having served as a video intern for the 2013-14 and 2014-15 seasons.

Pineda played two seasons of college basketball at Pear River Community college where she graduated in 2009 with an associate’s degree in arts and science. She led the team in points and assists, was the team captain and named a Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges All-Star.