Joseph was born and raised in Ventura by his mother Isabelle and is the youngest of seven children. Joseph attended Saint Bonaventure from 1980 to 1984 and participated on the basketball and track & field teams. In 1984 Joseph was the Tri Valley League Champion pole vaulter. As a varsity basketball player he was named Most Valuable Player. In addition to athletics Joseph was active in drama and student council (senior class president). He was even considered the class clown—one prank was to place a “for sale” sign on the front lawn of the school.
At the age of 14, Joseph became involved in the sport of Olympic Canoeing and made the junior Olympic team in 1983. He raced in Poland at the Junior World Championships. After graduating from St. Bonaventure and Ventura College, all of his free time was spent training for a place on the Olympic Canoe Team. Joseph then went on to California State University Long Beach and earned a degree in Criminal Justice.
Joseph competed on the 1996 Olympic Team was selected by his teammates as the team captain. After participating in the Olympic Games in Atlanta, he retired from the sport and pursued a career in law enforcement.
As a police office for the city of San Diego since 1998, Joseph has had the opportunity to work as an undercover narcotics detective and enjoyed “scaring” his friends at his 20th year class reunion with long matted hair and scraggly beard. Joseph has coordinated many projects to make the inner city areas safer. He has been recognized by numerous agencies for these projects as well as Officer of the Year.
Joseph met his wife Suzanne while at the Olympic Training Center. They married in 2000 and have two children.