2013-14 Year in Review
DeSuza is the first FAU player to receive the post-scholarship award
Tennis has opened, golf is around the corner and so is baseball and softball
Joe Joyce Was A Constant Presence at FAU Games
Joan Joyce enters her 13th season as head women's golf coach at Florida Atlantic University after assuming the responsibility of the program in the spring of 1996. In 2005-2006, the team started its fall season by finishing in second place at the BCC Fall Invitational. In the spring, Joyce's squad came in second at the Lady Herd/El Diablo Intercollegiate out of 14 teams. They would end the year by completing the Atlantic Sun Championship in third place. Praewnapa Phol-Uayporn had the distinct honor being both the Atlantic Sun Freshman of the Year and a member of the A-Sun First Team. Sophomore June Bolme earned First-Team honors as well in 2006. During the 2004-2005 campaign, the Owls finished tied for fifth in the Atlantic Sun Championship. June Bolme was named a member of both the All-Freshman and All-Conference team.
From 1998-2004, Joyce saw her squad receive many individual and team honors. She coached three A-Sun Golfers of the Year in Cecilie Lundgreen (1997), Jessica Polus (2002) and Natalia Navarro (2004). In 2003, the team finished second at the A-Sun Championships, its best finish ever. The 1997 team finished second at the Rolex-sanctioned golf tournament, a 17-team field hosted by Florida Atlantic University. She worked with Cecilie Lundgreen her final two seasons of collegiate golf. Lundgreen reached the pinnacle of her career with a 96th individual national collegiate golf ranking. Lundgreen was also named the 1997 Florida Atlantic University Student Athlete of the Year (3.0+ gpa).
Joyce began her tenure at FAU in 1994 when she took over as head softball coach. In that capacity, she developed one of the strongest programs in the country as well as the Atlantic Sun Conference, capturing nine of the 12 championships the team was eligible for and eight consecutive. A member of the National Amateur Softball Hall of Fame, Joyce holds a career pitching record of 753 wins and 42 losses. Included in her totals, Joyce pitched 150 no-hit, no-run games and 50 perfect games. Not only a pitcher, she boasts a career batting average of .324. Joyce counts striking out Ted Williams in 1961 as her most notable achievement.
A multi-sport athlete, Joyce has also been inducted into Connecticut's Women's Basketball Hall of Fame, the Hank O'Donnell Hall of Fame, International Women's Sports Hall of Fame and was the runner-up for the 1976 Women's Sports Magazine Athlete of the Year. She is a familiar story to Fast-Pitch World and to most anyone who has followed the games of softball, basketball, volleyball or golf. Joyce remains an active member of the LPGA in addition to the countless athletic honors she has received. In addition, Joyce assumed FAU Senior Women's Administrator duties in January 1996.
- National Softball Hall of Fame in 1983.
- Raybestos Brakettes Records Held (as of 1995):
-Most consecutive all-star team selections (18)
- Most Valuable Player in the National Tournament (8) (tied with one other player) -Most victories in a season (42) (in 1974)
-Most no-hit, no-run games in National Tournament (2) (in 1958, 1961, 1970, 1973) -Most shut-outs (38) (in 1974)
- Longest game (29) innings (in 1968 (1-0) over Perkasie)
-Most doubles in a career (153)
-Most doubles in a season (22) (in 1968)
-Most triples in a career (67)
-Highest batting average on team-1960,1962, 1967-69,1973
-All-American: (Second Team)
-National Tournament Batting Champion-1971-.467
19 years Ladies Professional Golf Association Tour
-Best tournament finishes:
-Sixth in 1981 and 1984
-Career low score of 66
-Holds record for lowest number of putts in a single round of golf -17 (Guinness Book of World Records)
Finished sixth overall in two appearances.
Captured the following events:
Bowling, basketball and a second-place finish in tennis.
Served as Player-coach in the United States Volleyball Association
-Competed in four National Tournament
-Named All-East regional volleyball player
-Served as high school federation volleyball official in 1991-92.
-NAGWS volleyball official 1968-1975.