Joey Lye, an active member of the Canadian National Softball Team, is set to begin her third season as the head coach of the Bucknell softball team. Through two seasons with the Bison, Lyle has amassed 55 wins and a pair of second-place finishes in the Patriot League. 10 Bison have received All-Patriot League honors and five have made the Academic All-Patriot League Team. Bucknell is now 27-8 in Patriot League contests under Lye.
Lye was tabbed as the Patriot League’s Coach of the Year in 2019 after leading the Bison to a program-record 14 wins in league play, which included a 12-0 start. Lye’s Bison advanced to the Patriot League tournament for a second straight season and picked up one tournament win over Colgate.
Six Bison earned All-Patriot League accolades in Lyle’s second season, including 2019 Rookie of the Year Allyse Volpe, who finished the season with a league-high .399 batting average. Volpe was joined on the First Team by shortstop Anna Gimmestad, while Lauren Hadley, Raeanne Geffert, Jess Hom, and Sarah Baluch all made the Second Team.
The 2019 team finished the season with 28 wins, the most since 2015 and tied for second-most all-time. Bucknell wound up second in the Patriot League in both batting average and ERA.
In her first season at Bucknell Lye led the Bison to a second-place finish in the regular season and a return to the Patriot League Tournament after a one-year hiatus. The team wrapped up the season at 27-23-1, including a 13-5 mark in league play.
Four Bucknell players earned All-Patriot League honors in Lye's first season as Meghan Kovac, Raeanne Geffert, and Lauren Hadley all made the First Team, and Julienne Egofske landed a spot on the Second Team.
The 2018 team smashed the program record for home runs with 36 while also posting the third-most RBIs (208), third-most walks (138), and fourth-most runs (230). The 27 wins were the fourth-most in program history.
Lye spent the 2017 season as the head coach at Lebanon Valley College, where she led the Dutchmen to a record of 25-15 overall and 10-6 in the Middle Atlantic Conference. It was the program’s most overall wins and league wins since 2014. Led by five players that combined for five all-conference awards and two all-region accolades, the Dutchmen advanced to the championship game of the league tournament.
Prior to taking over at Lebanon Valley, Lye spent five seasons at Stevenson University, where she guided the Mustangs to the conference tournament on three occasions. Highlighting Lye’s time at Stevenson was a program-record 24 wins and a trip to the conference championship game in 2013. In all, 13 players were named All-MAC Commonwealth in her five seasons.
Lye’s leadership abilities extend beyond her coaching duties. She has been a member of Team Canada since 2010 and has served as team captain since 2013. With Lye competing, Canada has earned two medals at the Pan American Games -- gold in 2015 and silver in 2011 -- and two bronze medals at the World Championships.
The national accolades add to an already illustrious playing career for Lye. As a member of the Williams College team from 2006-09, she was a Second Team All-America honoree, a NESCAC Player of the Year, a four-time NFCA First Team All-Region selection, and a four-time First Team All-NESCAC honoree. She batted .563 as a senior in 2009 and graduated with a school-record .457 career average.
Lye was a two-sport athlete at Williams, also earning Second Team All-Conference honors while captaining the women’s ice hockey team. She was a member of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) Leadership Board, served as a Junior Advisor and Orientation Leader, and received the Kate Hogan Award and Ephmanship Award.
Lye began her collegiate coaching career as an assistant coach at Williams during the 2010 and 2011 seasons. She was also an assistant for the Ephs women’s ice hockey team and served as interim head coach in 2010-11. Lye also coached hockey during her stints at Stevenson and Lebanon Valley.
Lye received her bachelor of science in psychology from Williams in 2009 before earning her masters of coaching and athletic administration degree from Concordia University Irvine in 2014.