In Omaha, Joe recruited and brought together an incredibly experienced staff and team from across the college and NFL ranks who learned and installed totally new offense, defense and kicking systems. The UFL postponed the season resulting in the loss of 21 Nighthawks to the NFL, and the team was left with only two weeks of pre-season camp. Joe led the Omaha franchise to a 1-4 record, losing their last 2 games at the end of regulation and in OT, but improving performance across all statistical categories.
Never using these issues as an excuse, Joe taught his team to adjust & adapt in order to realize success. In 2010 the Nighthawks finished last in every statistical category. In 2011, Joe's team led a variety of offensive, defensive, and special team categories, and was commonly believed to be the most improved team in the UFL.