Joanne Boyle

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Joanne Boyle
Sport(s) Women's Basketball
Current position
Title Head Coach
Team Virginia
Conference ACC
Record 90–72 (.556)
Biographical details
Born (1963-11-01) November 1, 1963 (age 52)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Playing career
1981–1985 Duke
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
1993–2002 Duke (Asst.)
2002–2005 Richmond
2005–2011 California
2011–present Virginia
Head coaching record
Overall 294–164 (.642)

Joanne Boyle (born November 1, 1963) is the current head coach of the University of Virginia women's basketball team. Prior to joining the Cavaliers, Boyle served as the head coach of the California Golden Bears women's basketball team. Boyle played her collegiate basketball for the Duke Blue Devils basketball program.

Boyle, a four-year letterwinner at Duke, graduated in 1985 with a degree in economics and obtained a master's of science degree in health policy and administration from North Carolina in 1989. She ended her playing career ranked second at Duke in both scoring and in assists. Her 75 steals during the 1984-85 campaign remained the highest single-season total until Alana Beard broke the mark in 2000–01. After Duke University, Boyle played professional basketball overseas for three years in Luxembourg and Germany. During her European stay, she won two league championships.

Coaching career[edit]

Boyle was hired at Cal on April 15, 2005, after serving three seasons as head coach at Richmond. While at California, her teams emerged as one of the Pac-10's statistical leaders. In 2007–08, Cal ranked among the top-five teams in 13 categories for the second straight season and was No. 1 in four areas. For the third consecutive year, Cal established school records for field goal percentage defense (35.1%, 1st Pac-10) and scoring defense (54.3 ppg, all-time Pac-10 record). Cal's 155 three-pointers made in 2007–08 broke the previous school record of 135, established in 1995–96. During her first Cal season in 2005–06, Boyle led a freshman-dominated Bears team to an 18–12 overall record, a sixth-place showing in the Pac-10 (10–8) and the school's first NCAA Tournament bid since 1993.

During the 2009–10 season, Boyle guided the Bears to their first title in the WNIT, defeating the Miami Hurricanes 73–61 at the Bears' home court in Haas Pavilion.

On April 2, 2010, USA Basketball announced that Boyle was appointed to its Board of Directors for 2009–2012. The committee is responsible for selecting coaches and athletes for USA Basketball college-aged competitions including the U19 FIBA World Championships.[1]

Head Coaching Record[edit]

Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason
Richmond (Atlantic 10 Conference) (2002–2005)
2002–03 Richmond 21–11 9–7 3rd WNIT Quarterfinals
2003–04 Richmond 23–10 11–5 2nd WNIT Semifinals
2004–05 Richmond 23–8 12–4 3rd NCAA 1st Round
Richmond: 67–29 (.698) 32–16 (.667)
California (Pacific-10 Conference) (2005–2011)
2005–06 California 18–12 12–6 6th NCAA 1st Round
2006–07 California 23–9 12–6 3rd NCAA 1st Round
2007–08 California 27–7 15–3 2nd NCAA 2nd Round
2008–09 California 27–7 15–3 2nd NCAA Sweet Sixteen
2009–10 California 24–13 11–7 4th WNIT Champions
2010–11 California 18–16 7–11 6th WNIT 2nd Round
California: 137–64 (.682) 72–26 (.735)
Virginia (Atlantic Coast Conference) (2011–present)
2011–12 Virginia 25–11 9–7 6th WNIT Quarterfinals
2012–13 Virginia 16–14 8–10 6th
2013–14 Virginia 14–17 6–10 10th
2014–15 Virginia 17–14 7–9 T-9th WNIT First Round
2015–16 Virginia 18-16 6-10 T-9th WNIT Third Round
Virginia: 90–72 (.556) 36–46 (.439)
Total: 294–165 (.641)

      National champion         Postseason invitational champion  
      Conference regular season champion         Conference regular season and conference tournament champion
      Division regular season champion       Division regular season and conference tournament champion
      Conference tournament champion

Career highlights[edit]

  • 2007–08 Russell Athletic/WBCA Region 8 Coach of the Year and 2006-07 Pac-10 Coach of the Year
  • Joined Gooch Foster (1991–92) and Caren Horstmeyer (2003–04) as Cal's women's basketball coaches who earned Pac-10 Coach of the Year
  • Cal's 68 wins in three seasons under Joanne Boyle are more than the Bears posted in the previous six years (63) prior to her arrival in Berkeley.
  • Owns the best winning percentage (.708) of any of the eight women's basketball coaches in Cal history
  • Surpassed the 1983-84 Bears (24-8) for the school record for wins in a season in 2007-08 (27-7)
  • Directed Cal to the best Pac-10 finish (2nd) and to the Bears' best Pac-10 record (15-3) in program history in 2007-08
  • In 2007-08, led Cal to the Pac-10 Tournament final for the first time and a school-best No. 8 national ranking in the Associated Press and coaches' polls
  • Guided Cal to five ranked wins in three seasons, including a victory over No. 8 Stanford in 2006-07 and No. 18 Vanderbilt in 2007-08
  • Coached the 2006-07 Pac-10 Player of the Year (Devanei Hampton) and the 2005-06 Pac-10 Freshman of the Year (Alexis Gray-Lawson)
  • Her players have earned All-Pac-10 honors eight times and Pac-10 All-Freshman accolades seven times
  • Coached two All-Americans (Devanei Hampton and Ashley Walker)
  • 2006 USA Under-20 National team assistant coach [2]
  • 2010 WNIT Champion


In November 2001, while an assistant coach at Duke University, Boyle suffered a cerebral hemorrhage. She made a recovery, and returned to coaching in early-2002.[3]

Awards and honors[edit]

  • 2007-08 Russell Athletic/WBCA Region 8 Coach of the Year
  • Member of the WBCA Board of Directors [2]
  • 2011—Carol Eckman Award[4]


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