Accomplished coach and Spartanburg Day School Director of Athletics Joy Couch has been named the Griffins' next varsity girls basketball coach.
Couch joined SDS on July 1 after more than a decade with Converse College where she served as the director of athletics. She has roughly 40 years of experience as an athletic professional and an impressive resume of accomplishments.
"I believe the values and life skills student-athletes gain by participating in sports is essential to a quality educational experience, and I enjoy being a part of that as a coach. I very much respect the program that has been established and look forward to building on its success," Couch said.
Prior to her work as a collegiate administrator, Couch coached and taught at Dorman High School for nine years where she led the 4A Cavaliers girls' basketball team to three state championships. Before Dorman, she taught PE at Inman Elementary and coached golf, volleyball and basketball at Chapman High School. She also previously worked as a PE teacher and coach at Broome High School and Byrnes High School, as well as a coach and coordinator of women's athletics at Limestone College.
"I have been so blessed to have enjoyed a career in athletics across several levels. Some of my favorite career memories have happened as coach of a high school team. I am excited for another opportunity to coach at the high school level," Couch said.
Couch has earned state, regional, and national recognition including the Girls Scouts' 2015 Boots and Pearls Women of Distinction Award, 2007 WBCA National High School Coach of the Year, and in 2004 had the honor of coaching the Nike All-American Game.