A former school teacher and coach Joe worked in several coaching roles in New Zealand including New Zealand Schools, Bay of Plenty and at Auckland as assistant coach.
He was backs coach at Clermont Auvergne from 2007 to 2010 when the club captured the coveted Bouclier de Brennus Top 14 title.
Joe took over as Leinster head coach for the 2010/11 season and guided the province to their second Heineken Cup title in his first season.
Leinster won back to back European titles in 2012 and Joe signed off his tenure with Leinster by guiding them to a treble in 2013 capturing the Amlin Challenge Cup, Rabo Direct Pro12 and British & Irish Cup titles.
He also found time in his early career to spend time as coach at Mullingar RFC