Joan Forge, New Hampshire- 2003
Joan is currently a teacher of physical education at Guilford Middle School. She has been teaching and coaching for 27 years – coached a total of 51 varsity teams and is one of the winningest coaches in New Hampshire. She is also advisor to the Varsity Club.
She is a member of the New Hampshire Interscholastic Athletic Council, the New Hampshire Interscholastic Athletic Association softball committee and appeals committee, president of the Volleyball coaches Association, treasurer of the Softball Coaches Association, and executive board member of the New Hampshire Coaches Association. Her advocacy also includes active membership in the State Volleyball and Softball Coaches Associations. She is president in charge of the annual volleyball coaches’ clinic, the all-state banquet, and the senior all-star game. In softball, she is the treasurer of the Softball Coaches Association and organized the annual coaches’ clinic, Senior Granite State Games, State Classic vs Vermont, and the All-State selection.
Joan’s coaching record includes: 1985-2002: volleyball 280-53; 1978-2003: softball 321-159; 1977-1984 basketball 60-64. Her lifetime varsity record is 661-276. In the fall 2002 season, her volleyball team posted a 19-0 record and won the state championship. In spring 2003, her softball team posted a 22-0 record and won the league championship. Her volleyball teams have won 7 state championships (1995, 1996, 1997, 1999, 2000, 2001, and 2002), they were the state runners-up 3 times (1991, 1992, 1998) and were in the state finals 10 of the last 12 years. Her softball teams were state champions in 1983 and state runners-up three times (1984, 2002, and 2003). Joan is the organizer and director of the “Fireball Softball Clinic,” the owner and operator of the youth “Pass, Set, and “Crush” Volleyball camp in Moultonborough, NH (www.passsetcrush.com).
Her teams have won the state championships in volleyball 16 times, and were runners-up 3 times. In softball, they earned the state championship in 1983, and were runners-up 3 times. She has officiated volleyball state championships in 1983 and 1984 prior to the beginning of her coaching career. Joan holds an official’s rating from the New Hampshire Volleyball Officials Association and from the New Hampshire Softball Umpires Association.
Many organizations have recognized her achievements: the National Federation Coaches Association, Northeast Sectional Volleyball Coach of the Year, 2002; the NHIAA Campaign for Girls Sports, 2002; Plymouth State College Athletic Hall of Fame, 2002; the NHIAA Coaches Hall of Fame, 2001; and the Union Leader Walter Smith Coaches Award, 1999.