Joan Joyce is a phenomenal athlete who has led several teams to national and international titles.
In 1977, she qualified for the Ladies Professional Golf Association tour after playing professional basketball and volleyball.
Softball, on the other hand, was the sport in which she made the most impact, and Joyce is widely regarded as one of the best softball players of all time.
In addition to playing, throughout her career she has been a champion of women in sports, coaching various sports at many universities and co-founding the International Softball Association for women to compete on a professional level.
Joyce, who was born in August 1940 in Waterbury, Connecticut, joined the Raybestos Brakettes, an amateur softball team when she was 14 years old.
She began pitching three years later, the first of 18 years in which she was named an All-American by the Amateur Softball Association.
One of her most illustrious accomplishments was striking out Ted Williams in front of a suffocating crowd at Waterbury’s Municipal Stadium in 1961. In a 1978 exhibition game, she would do the same to Hank Aaron.
Joyce was a member of the Orange Lionettes softball team at Chapman College in Orange County, California, where she led them to a softball championship in 1965.
She competed in Amateur Physical Union (AAU) basketball, averaging 25 points per game and being named an All-American in 1961, 1964, and 1965, demonstrating her incredible athletic talent once again.
She set an AAU basketball record by scoring 67 points in one game in 1965.
Does Coach Joan Joyce Have Any Kids?
There is no information available about her husband or children.