During her 37 years in the Simsbury School system, Joan Sullivan coached basketball field hockey, softball, badminton, tennis and volleyball to impressive winning records and three State Championships. Her basketball teams compiled a 20-9 record from 1955-1957. Unfortunately, few records were kept for the earlier years.
Sullivan held a state basketball honorary rating and officiated high school and college games for three decades -- the 1950’s, 60’s, and 70’s. She received a National Honorary rating in bas-ketball from the National Association for Girls’ and Women’s Sports. She also served as Chair of the Central Connecticut Board of Officials and, as such, was involved in training and rating of basketball officials.
“Sully” received numerous awards throughout her career. Among her honors, were Farm-ington Valley Coach of the Year (1974); Connecticut High School Coaches’ Association Field Hockey Coach of the Year (1995); Tennis Coach of the Year (1985) and was inducted into the Connecticut High School Coaches’ Association Hall of Fame in 1991. In 1995, Sullivan was voted into the New Agenda: Northeast Women’s Hall of Fame.