Joan Joyce’s Obituary is Silent about The Cause of Death
Softball Hall of Famer who coached Florida Atlantic University to 1,000 wins Joan Joyce’s obituary was been released! She sadly passed away on Sunday (March 27, 2022) at the age of 81.
May her family accept our heartfelt sympathy for the loss of beloved Joan. May she rest in peace.
The news was first announced by Florida Atlantic University Athletics, sharing the passing of FAU head softball coach, former head women’s golf coach, and multiple Hall of Fame member.
FAU President John Kelly also confirmed the heartbreaking news in a statement, reading, “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.”
The statement added, “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.”
When Joyce was only 8, entered the sports world and shined there until her recent passing. She was in her 28th season as FAU’s head coach and was the only coach the program has known. Her tenure as head women’s golf coach for the Owls spanned 18 years (1996-2014).
From 1996 to 2014 Joyce coached the Florida Atlantic University women’s golf team, and from 1977 to 1995, she was a member of the LPGA Tour. Joyce is in 20 Halls of Fame and was a 15-time All-American. Joan was additionally a member of four World Series softball teams.
Joyce is also remembered for striking out two baseball hall of famers, Ted Williams and Hank Aaron. At just 20-years-old, Joyce struck out the two men in front of a crowd of 17,000 onlookers.
Good to mention, she was featured in the Guinness Book of World Records as having the “fewest putts in a round (17) for the LPGA and PGA.” and also had a history playing volleyball and basketball. As a volleyball player, Joan Joyce starred and coached for the Connecticut Clippers.
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She was a Women’s Basketball Association All-American four times, and she set the national tournament single-game scoring record in 1964 with 67 points.
Joyce, who was born on August 18, 1940, leaves behind 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.
Sad Fans Reacted to Joan Joyce’s Obituary
As expected, soon after Joan Joyce’s obituary was published and people learned the tragic news, started to share their tributes on social media to express their sadness. Also, while there is no word about Joan Joyce’s cause of death at this time, some claim she lost her life due to cancer!
Nevertheless, our team does not confirm any rumors; we are trying our best to find related information about the tragedy and provide the latest updates as soon as possible. but, family privacy should be respected at this difficult time.
“We are very saddened to learn of Coach Joyce’s passing,” told FAU Vice President and Director of Athletics Brain 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.”
A fan said, “I first went to see Joan Joyce play in 1974, she spent two hours post-game giving us (starstruck) little girls some much-needed advice, that’s just the type of Queen she was. Coach, it’s time to rest now 👸🏻⛅️ farewell! my prayers are with the entire @FAUSoftball family 🙏🏾❤️.”
Another added, “May she live on in all who knew her. A legendary athlete who became a legendary coach. Rest in eternal peace Joan Joyce.”
Someone wrote, “Let all who walk through FAU Softball Stadium’s gates remember the legend that is Joan Joyce. A pioneer, a hero, a role model, and forever an Owl! Joan Joyce Memorial Stadium has a nice ring to it. Let’s get it done.”
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Another penned, “RIP Joan Joyce. She won over 1,000 games at FAU, played 19 years on the LPGA Tour, and struck out the great Ted Williams in a 1961 exhibition. “No matter where I go in this world, I always have people coming up to me saying, ‘You struck out Ted Williams.'”
Also, a user tweeted, “Female athletes🚨🚨🚨 If you don’t know about who Joan Joyce was you need to make it happen!! RIP Joany thank you for everything!! Honored to call you friend 💔”
Another tweeted, “Our thoughts and prayers are with our neighbors up North @FAUSoftball. Coach Joan Joyce was an absolute legend and trailblazer for the game of softball and Women’s Sports, may she Rest In Peace.”
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More about the Star
In 1983, Joan was officially inducted into the National Softball Hall of Fame and became a member of many more, including International Softball Federation Hall of Fame, Connecticut Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame, Palm Beach County Sports Hall of Fame, Hank O’Donnell Hall of Fame, Connecticut Women’s Hall of FameFairfield County Sports Hall of Fame, International Women’s Sports Hall of Fame, Greater Waterbury Hall of Fame
She along with Dennis Murphy, Billie Jean King, and Jim Jorgensen were co-founders of the Women’s Professional Softball League in 1976. She was the coach and part-owner of the Connecticut Falcons team, which won the Championship all four years of the league’s history.
As of 2021, her Owls team has eleven conference championships and 985 victories. In Joan’s first two seasons, the Owls were Atlantic Sun Conference runners-up and won the next eight championships.
The Owls took second in 2005, then won again in 2006. They won the Sun Belt Conference championship in 2007, and then the Conference USA championship in 2016.
Tim Walton took to Twitter to pay tribute to Joyce, writing: “Today we mourn one of the game’s greatest person/player/coach of all time, Joan Joyce @FAUSoftball You left the game better than you found it. Thank you for all you did for everyone you met. Your legacy will be felt forever. RIP Joan!”
Willie Taggart tweeted: “The FAU Family is saddened by the news of the passing of Joan Joyce. A pioneer and legend in women athletics. Coach, you lived a life of distinction, and you will always be remembered by your famous quote, “I wouldn’t let anybody beat me.”Thank you, Coach Joyce.”
“Joan Joyce passed away today. If you don’t know who she is, Google her. An absolutely phenomenal female athlete long before Title IX opened the doors to young girls. She was still coaching at Florida Atlantic this spring,” one fan wrote.
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