Joan Lopardo Forge

Joan was a trailblazing multi-sport athlete who attended Glen Rock High School in the formative days of sanctioned girls’ sports. Joan could “do it all” with her diverse athletic skills.

Joan was the basketball team captain and an outstanding point guard who averaged 15 points a game before the introduction of the three-point field goal. She also excelled at soccer, softball and skiing, participating in several activities outside of school because they weren’t yet offered for girls at Glen Rock.

Joan’s opportunity set expanded at Plymouth State University in New Hampshire and she participated in gymnastics, Nordic skiing, volleyball and lacrosse. She had her greatest success on the lacrosse field and was named team captain in her senior year. Joan was inducted into the Plymouth State Hall of Fame in 2001.

Coaching became a passion for Joan after college. She has compiled more than six hundred wins coaching both softball and volleyball in New Hampshire at Ashland High School (1978-1984) and presently at Gilford High School. She has led her teams to a state title in softball and six state titles in the past seven seasons in volleyball.

The New Hampshire Coaches Association has named Joan Coach of the Year three times for each sport and inducted her into the Hall of Fame in 2001.

Joan received the prestigious Walter Smith Coaches award from the Manchester Union Leader in 1999. She and her husband Rick live in New Hampshire.