Joy Couch enters her 11th year as the Athletic Director of Converse College for the 2017-18 campaign. It didn’t take long for her to make her mark on Converse Athletics. That impact was recognized on June 1, 2007 when Converse was granted full membership in Conference Carolinas.
“The Converse athletic program is on the move,” said Converse President Betsy Fleming. “Joy brings an outstanding record and diverse experience that is well matched with Converse’s vision for growing our athletic program. As a member of the Division II Carolinas-Virginia Athletic Conference, Converse already competes at the highest NCAA level of any women’s college in the nation. We have made significant investments in our athletic program with the construction of outstanding facilities and our assembling a talented coaching staff. With Joy’s leadership, we look forward to our program advancing to the next level.”
Couch began full time in March of 2007 and brings 28 years of experience in physical education and coaching in Spartanburg County. Since 1998, she has served as physical education teacher, department chair, and girl’s basketball coach at Dorman High School, where she led the Cavaliers to three AAAA state championship victories and won the regional championship every year. Her overall record at Dorman is 240-36. Prior to Dorman, Couch achieved impressive records as golf, volleyball and basketball coach at Chapman High School while teaching physical education at Inman Elementary. She has taught and coached at Broome High School and Byrnes High School and served as coordinator of women’s athletics and coach at Limestone College. Her overall high school basketball coaching record is 551-186.
Couch was selected to coach the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (WCBA) – Nike High School All-American game in 2005 and was also named the Head Coach in 2002 for the NC – SC All Star game. She has received numerous Coach of the Year awards including multiple honors as the Spartanburg Herald-Journal Coach of the Year. She has been named Girl’s Basketball AAAA and AAA State Coach of the Year, and received S.C. North/South All-Star Coach awards in both volleyball and basketball. Her most recent achievements are being named the 2007 Russell Athletic/WBCA National Coach of the Year by the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) and also her induction into the South Carolina Athletic Coaches Association Hall of Fame in July of 2007.
Couch received a Master of Education degree from the University of South Carolina in 1982 and a Bachelor of Science in health and physical education from Winthrop University in 1977. She has one child, Dyar Jennings, and she resides in Spartanburg, SC with her husband Roger and their dog Gus.