Joy is a three-time Olympian competing in women’s soccer. In the 1996 Atlanta Games, she won a gold medal. In 2000, the team won a silver medal in Sydney, Australia. Then in the final game of her career, the team took the gold medal at the 2004 Olympics in Athens, Greece.
In total, Joy played with the U.S. Women’s National team for 18 years, appearing in 239 games. And she still holds the record for most goals scored by a defender. In addition to participating three Olympics, Joy also played in the Women’s World Cup four times, winning gold in 1991 and 1999.
In addition to her illustrious playing career, Joy is also an accomplished coach. She served as the first-ever head coach of women’s soccer at UCLA from 1993-97, compiling a 65-24-7 record and winning the Pac-10 title and Pac-10 Coach of the Year in her final season. Joy is the current assistant coach for the United States Deaf Women’s National Soccer Team.
In between playing and coaching, Joy also managed to have three children. Joy was one of the first Olympic athletes to win an Olympic gold medal after having a child and probably the only Olympic athlete to win a gold medal after having three children.
Joy attended the University of California at Berkeley, where she was a 3-time All-American. She was also the US Soccer Player of the Year in 1987. In 2009, Joy was inducted into the National Soccer Hall of Fame.
Today, in addition to her work with the US Deaf Women’s National Soccer Team, Joy works with Pure Game, a nonprofit organization that provides mentors “Field Champions” to help children develop character through experiential learning. Pure Game’s character education curriculum is facilitated through the game of soccer for kids at schools.