"Joe Curl" was an American women's basketball coach at the Houston Cougars women's basketball/University of Houston. He coached at Houston for twelve years, during which time he compiled a 193-167 record. In 2001 and 2002, the Cougars made back-to-back WNIT appearances, and in 2004 and 2005, back-to-back NCAA appearances. He was born in Sioux City, Iowa.

In the 2003-2004 campaign, the Cougars went 28-4, establishing school records for wins and winning percentage. The Cougars won both the Conference USA regular season and tournament titles. That qualified them for a number 3 seed in the tournament. For his success, he achieved national coach of the year honors by several media outlets.

Curl was awarded the US Basketball Writers Association (USBWA) Coach of the Year award in 2004.

From 2000-2005, Curl's staff included Todd Buchanan who would ultimately serve as head coach of Houston upon his retirement.

As a collegiate-level head coach, he had a career 331-252 (.554) record. He coached at Blinn College from 1994 to 1996, and prior to that from 1993 to 1994 at Stephen F. Austin State University.

He died on April 14, 2014, at the age of 59.

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