Joe English has spent all but one year of his coaching career at Chaparral High School. He was an assistant coach the first year and the next 25 years as the head coach. Coach English' record was a sparkling 73% winning percentage with 480 total wins. His Firebirds were the Arizona State Girls' Basketball Champions in 1978, 1996, and 2001. They were also the State Runners-Up in 1993, 1994, 1995, 2000, and 2003. The Firebirds were also Regional Champions 10 times during that span. Some of English's best teams had records of 26-2, 27-1, 32-2, and 33-1. The Arizona Republic honored Coach English in 1996 as the "Big Schools" Arizona State Basketball Coach of the Year. His conference voted him the 4A East Sky Coach of the Year 3 times. He has also been honored as the City of Scottsdale Coach of the Year twice, and the Northeast Valley Coach of the Year in 2001 and 2003. Joe coached the ACA Girls Basketball All-Stars in 1987. Coach English retired from teaching and coaching in 2003.