Joan Joyce Obituary, FAU head softball coach, Joan Joyce passed away at age 81

Joan Joyce Obituary

Joan Joyce Obituary – Death: Joan Joyce, FAU’s head softball coach, former head women’s golf coach, and numerous Hall of Fame member, passed away at the age of 81, according to Florida Atlantic University Athletics.

According to, Joyce was a part of sports from the age of eight until her recent passing. She was in her 28th season as FAU’s head coach and is the only coach the program has known. Her tenure as head women’s golf coach for the Owls spanned 18 years (1996-2014).

“This is a terribly sad loss for the FAU family. Joan was a true sports legend, and we are grateful for the 28 years she spent here, modeling the best in personal and professional behavior for our student-athletes,” said FAU President John Kelly. “Joan’s legacy will live on at the university and across the country through the generations of young women she inspired to play – and excel at – softball and golf.”

Joyce had a 1002-674-1 record as the head softball coach at FAU. She led FAU to 11 conference titles, 11 NCAA postseason tournament appearances, and eight conference Coach of the Year awards.

Joan Joyce (August 18, 1940 – March 26, 2022) is survived by: sister Janis Joyce; brother Joseph Joyce and his wife Virginia (Ginny); nieces Bridget Joyce Wright and her husband Russ, and Meghan Joyce Bolesta and her husband Michael; as well as two grand-nieces, Morgan and Brooke, and two grand-nephews in Joseph and Patrick.

“We are very saddened to learn of Coach Joyce’s passing,” said FAU Vice President and Director of Athletics Brian White. “Joan was one of the pillars that FAU Athletics was built upon. She was a legend in many ways and leaves a legacy at FAU and beyond that is unmatched. We are forever grateful for her nearly three decades of service to FAU and her student-athletes.”

Joyce’s biggest influence is her ability to relate to and teach the sports she loved, which includes 20 hall of fame inductions, All-America honors in several sports, and inclusion in the Guinness Book of World Records. One of her most famous moments was striking out Ted Williams of the Boston Red Sox in front of 17,000 fans.

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