Joan Carpenter, Massachusetts – 1996
Joan has coached at Westport High School since 1967. During her career there, she has been affiliated with the Bristol County Girls’ League (1976-1971), the South East Conference (1971-1984), and the Mayflower League (1984 – present).
She has coached a total of 1014 games and has recorded 628 wins, 366 losses, and 20 ties – a winning percentage of .629. She has coached field hockey (44 wins, 41 losses, 20 ties), with a winning percentage of .514. Her basketball record is 69 wins, 73 losses for a winning percentage of .486. Her volleyball record is 258 wins and 115 losses for a winning percentage of .692. Her softball record is 257 wins and 137 losses for a winning percentage of .652.
Her teams have won league championships in field hockey, basketball, volleyball, and softball, as well as a South Sectional Championship in softball.
Joan’s coaching skills and dedication to girls’ sport has been recognized on many occasions. Somerset High School, where she earned 15 varsity letters as a player, presented her with the Babe Ruth Sportsmanship Award. She has been inducted into the Somerset High School Athletic Hall of Fame. While a player at Western Kentucky University, she was presented the Top Player Award by the Western Athletic Association. The Boston Globe named her the Volleyball Coach of the Year once and the Softball Coach of the Year twice. Joan has also been named the Coach of the Year in Volleyball and Softball by the Mayflower League on several occasions.