A QUIET and unassuming man. He's down to earth, eager to please and the consummate professional.
One of the most successful coaches in history of Leinster rugby, and he comes across as just your average rugby fan.
Joe was one of the special guests at Tullow RFC's recent fundraiser 'It's Strictly Dancing'. He arrived quietly, almost unnoticed with his wife Kelly.
Joe's entrance caused a different sense of excitement, in contrast to the arrival of two members of his squad, Luke Fitzgerald and local hero Sean O'Brien. Their arrival cast a sense of excitement across the hotel. Women turned to giggling schoolgirls, shyly asking for photographs.
Joe simply went with the flow and greeted everyone cheerily in his soft New Zealand accent.
Once a team that was a more a south County Dublin team, has now been branded the '12 county army', and Joe Schmidt believes that the youth development system has had a big part to play in Leinster's recent success.
No better example than Tullow RFC's Sean O'Brien. The youngster started in Tullow in the underage system, and came through Leinster's development route; the South East Development Squad and so on till he reached the Academy, perfected his craft and was contracted.
Schmidt believes that the youth development structure, which brought O'Brien to our attention, is 'key' to Leinster's success.
'It is absolutely key, we don't want to limit ourselves to just the school's system. There are some really good kids coming through that system'. He believes that many of the players knocking on Leinster's door at the moment have come through the system.
'Obviously there are a few who have come through that system who are on the fringe of the squad, Mark Flanagan is a good example, he's on the fringe of the squad at the moment, it's great to have him coming through'.
This is Schmidt's third season as coach at Leinster. Under his reign he has led them to securing two Heineken Cup's, last year beating Ulster 42-14 in the final at Twickenham. He previously coached at Clermont Auvergne.
Players, pundits and couch pundits everywhere have been astounded by Schmidt's reign. This wasn't his first trip to Carlow. He took on Carlow RFC in the Mullingar jersey several years previous.
'I played in Carlow about 20 years ago, I was at Mullingar. I was flying out that day, so it was a nice way to finish my time in Ireland 20 years ago'.