- Schools Hastings College, Mayville State University, Bellevue University, UND-Lake Region
- High School Michigan High School
Joel Barta has been a college coach. He was an assistant at Hastings College and Mayville State University. He then served as head coach of Northland College from 2000-2006, reviving a program that had been defunct since the 1970s. He was head coach of the University of Texas at Brownsville in 2007-2008 then was 71-48 at Ridgewater College from 2009-2011. In 2012, he became head coach of the University of Mary. He has also managed in the Northwoods League. Barta was placed on administrative leave in March 2018 and fired a week later . He became an assistant coach at Midland University and associate scout for the Colorado Rockies in 2019. He returned to Northland as head coach in 2020, remaining for one year.