Bill Joyce
Bill Joyce

It can be argued that for three years, Bill Joyce was the heart and soul of the Boston State College football team's defense. Joyce emerged during his sophomore season, registering over 100 tackles as a team captain in a season that saw him make the switch from safety to linebacker due to an injury. He was named the Warriors' Most Valuable Player and recipient of the team's Ross O'Hanley Memorial Award, while earning Second Team All-New England honors as well as a spot on the New England Football Conference All-Star squad. This trend would continue as Joyce returned to the defensive backfield and racked up over 100 tackles the next two seasons, while being named Boston State's MVP and being picked a First Team NEFC selection as well as a First Team All-New England player. He also picked off 10 passes during his career to tie for the school record and gave basketball a shot as a senior, averaging 7.0 points per game prior to his graduation from BSC. Following his graduation from Boston State in 1979, he was able to try out for the National Football League's New England Patriots and Kansas City Chiefs, as well as, the Montreal Alouettes of the Canadian Football League. He later went on to play semi-pro football for the Hyde Park Cowboys and New England Raiders and was defensive MVP from 1981-85 and an EFL All-Star six times. Joyce entered the coaching ranks and was UMass Boston's Defensive Coordinator from 1985-90, helping the Beacons evolve from a club program to a varsity team and also spent time in Ireland promoting the game of football for the New England Raiders. Joyce served as the Defensive Coordinator for Catholic Memorial High School in 1995-96 and again in 2004-05. The 1990s saw Joyce take over as the Commissioner of the Hyde Park Men's Winter and Summer Basketball League, a post he would hold from 1990-2003 in conjunction with serving as a consultant and Assistant Athletic Director of the West Roxbury Community Center from 1998-2003. Joyce was honored for his semi-pro football accomplishments with an induction into the American Football Association Semi-Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2003.