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Joyce Compton

Class of 2002 

Mattatuck Community College: 1975-1982
Missouri: 1983 - 1986
South Carolina: 1987 - 2010



The winningest coach in South Carolina athletics history, Joyce Compton retired in 2010 with 962 wins at the institution. She finished her 37-year coaching career with a 1,216-602-6 overall record.

A 2002 inductee into the NFCA Hall of Fame, she is one of nine coaches to win at least 950 games at a single NCAA Division I school. At retirement, she ranked 10th among all NCAA softball coaches regardless of division. In four years at Missouri, she went to the Women's College World Series once while claiming the Tigers' first Big 8 title. At South Carolina, Compton took the Gamecocks to 13 NCAA regional appearances, four regional titles, one super regional appearance and two Women's College World Series.

The Gamecocks won the SEC East four times under her watch, the SEC tournament twice and claimed the inaugural SEC championship in 1997. She was named NFCA regional coach of the year in 1987, 1989, 1994,1995 and 1997 as well as receiving the inaugural SEC Coach of the Year award in 1997. She earned that honor again in 2002.

Compton's collegiate coaching career began in 1975 at Mattatuck Community College in Waterbury, Connecticut. For her efforts, Compton was named Coach of the Year in Mattatuck's conference an unprecedented five times. Compton also coached the women's basketball and volleyball teams at Mattatuck.

After seven seasons there, Compton was named head softball coach at the Missouri in 1983. Her career at Missouri was highlighted by an overall record of 115-77 and a berth in the Women's College World Series.

Before becoming a softball coach, Compton was successful as a player. While earning all-star status at Trenton State College (now The College of New Jersey), she became a member of the nationally known Raybestos Brakettes amateur team from 1973-1975. While playing first base, Compton led the team to three consecutive national championships and an international championship, posting an overall batting average of .388 and knocking in 142 runs.

Compton furthered her playing career as a member of the Connecticut Falcons, a professional softball team. She earned all-star honors when she batted .355 during the regular season and .300 in World Series play in 1978. While playing first base for the Falcons, she led the team to four World Series Championships in the Women's Professional Softball League. Compton also accompanied the team to China to perform exhibitions and clinics for the Chinese softball players.

Born in Trenton, New Jersey, Compton received a B.S. in physical education from Trenton State in 1972.