Former Michigan guard Antoine Joubert is coaching at Oakland Community College
After being Michigan's Mr. Basketball in 1983, Antoine Joubert stayed home to play at Michigan and became a three-year starter for the Wolverines, winning a NIT title and two Big Ten championships.
For his career, Joubert scored 1,594 points - 13th all-time - and 368 rebounds. His 539 assists are third all-time at the school, trailing just Gary Grant (731) and Rumeal Robinson (576). His 94 steals are 20th all-time for the Wolverines.
Q: Even though you played afterward, you probably remember (college) as the most special time in your career?
Antoine Joubert: “These times are probably the most special times of my career. I always tell my kids and stuff, college is memories and friends that you have for life. A lot of good memories here.”
Q: Is there one memory that really stands out for you?
AJ: “Basically these championships (1984 NIT title, 1985 and '86 Big Ten championships). We’re here (back at Michigan) because of these championships and we still stay in contact. We call each other but we’re here because we got a chance to win a championship and when you’re in college, that’s your goal as a team, to win a championship.”
Q: Does it feel like it’s been over 25 years?
AJ: “No, it doesn’t feel like that. We were talking (Friday) night wondering if we could still get out there and play a little bit. We all play inside now, no more outside because we’re old.”
Q: What are you doing now?
AJ: “I coach at Oakland Community College and I also teach there. That’s about it and I coach little kids, AAU basketball. That’s where I’m coming from. (Eds. Note: Joubert was running late to the 1984-85 Big Ten championship reunion because of this)”
Q: Parents know you, everyone in this state knows you but the kids at OCC, do they have any clue?
AJ: “A lot of them don’t. They laugh about our shorts and stuff because sometimes we’re on the Big Ten Network and they Google you and stuff and look at your photos and stuff but a lot of them don’t.”
Q: Do their parents tell them?
AJ: “Their parents do. Yeah. They come in and say ‘Mom and dad said you’re a great player’ and this and that but they don’t see you in that way because they never physically saw you play. But it’s a lot of fun.”
Q: How old are the kids you’re coaching?
AJ: “Well, I coach the college kids and then I coach from third grade to eighth grade.”
Q: That’s a big disparity. Do you have to change your style much?
AJ: “I change my style. The teaching part of it is a little bit different for the third graders than the eighth graders but we all practice together and the eighth graders help the third graders so it makes my job a little easier. It’s a lot of fun. It’s my third year doing it and I enjoy it. I like working with kids.”
Q: Since you’re coaching at the college level, are you trying to eventually become a D-I coach or are you happy with where you are at?
AJ: “Eventually I’m looking for that but I have to learn some more and I’m learning as well. I played all my whole career and coaching is a little different than playing.”
Q: You played for a long time after (Michigan).
AJ: “Yes I did. (I retired in) 2001. So I played a long time. Then I worked at Chrysler for four years and Ford for two years and then I wanted to get into coaching.”
Q: What’s your fondest memory from when you’re playing pro?
AJ: “Ooh, too many. I played everywhere just about, won quite a few championships and met a lot of nice people. Got to travel and see the world and stuff like that.”
Q: Have you kept up with this year’s team?
AJ: “I keep up with this year’s team. DeShawn Sims and I, we speak during the summers and stuff. They’ve got a pretty good team here. It’s just the little things and that’s what I explain to my kids, little things win championships.”