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  Jennifer Joyce
Jennifer Joyce

Player Profile
Position:
Assistant Coach

Experience:
4th Year At Cal

A former Golden Bear, Jennifer Joyce begins her fourth year as the throws Coach. Joyce coaches the men's and women's shot put, discus and hammer events, and she also directs the strength and conditioning of this group. Joyce was hired as a full-time throws coach after serving as a volunteer assistant for the 2002-03 season.

In just three seasons as the throws coach, Joyce has coached athletes to numerous All-American and junior All-American awards, a national record, and medals at international competitions.

Most recently Joyce coached Rhuben Williams, who was one of the best all-around throwers in Cal history. With PRs of 64-9.75 (shot put), 179-1 (discus), 205-2 (hammer), 64-10.5 (weight), Williams was a two-time All-American, and 2005 MPSF Indoor Conference Champion in the weight throw. He ranks second all-time at Cal in the shot put, fourth all-time in the hammer, and is the school record holder in the indoor weight throw and shot put.

In 2004, Joyce coached former teammate Sheni Russell to a new PR and school record of 181-2 in the discus and to a narrow second-place finish at the Pac-10 Championships. Russell went on to earn NCAA All-American status and competed at the 2004 Olympic Trials.

Joyce has also coached Amin Nikfar to two NCAA Championship appearances, an Iranian national record and a gold medal at the 2004 Asian Indoor Games. Nikfar, who has Iranian heritage, is a national shot put champion and has competed for Iran at several international competitions. Nikfar's lifetime best in the shot put is 61-11 and ranks him fifth on Cal's all-time list.

In addition, there has been an assault on Cal's all-time top 10 list, as 10 new additions to the list have taken place by Joyce's athletes in the past four years.

A longtime member of the prominent Kajaks Track and Field Club in her hometown of Richmond, B.C., Canada, Joyce has served as a Junior Development Coach in the throwing events and is a certified Olympic Lifting Club Coach through USA Weightlifting. The native of Vancouver, B.C., is the current three-time Canadian national champion in the hammer, and she currently holds both the senior and junior national records in that event. Joyce has competed in numerous senior and junior international competitions, including the '97 Pan American Junior Championships, '98 World Junior Championships, '02 Commonwealth Games, '03 Pan American Games and '05 World Championships.

Joyce won the silver medal at the 2006 Commonwealth Games in Melbourne, Australia. In 2005, she improved her lifetime best in the hammer with a new Canadian record of 224-6 and placed 20th at the 2005 World Championships in Helsinki, Finland. Joyce continues to train with coaches Anatoli Bondarchuk and Chris Huffins for the 2007 Pan American Games and the 2007 World Championships, and looks to be a medalist at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, China.

Joyce completed her eligibility at Cal in 2002 and graduated in 2003 with degrees in American studies and French. A two-time All-American, Joyce owns the Cal record in the hammer (214-0) and is No. 3 all-time in the discus (178-3). During her career as a Bear, she competed at the NCAA Championships all four years in the hammer and also competed in the discus her senior year. Her highest finish at the NCAA Championships came as a sophomore, when she took fourth place in the hammer. After taking second place in the hammer as a freshman and as a sophomore and taking third place as a junior, Joyce won the Pac-10 title with a throw of 204-1 as a senior.

In just three seasons as the throws coach, Joyce has coached athletes to numerous All-American and junior All-American awards, a national record, and medals at international competitions.

Most recently Joyce coached Rhuben Williams, who was one of the best all-around throwers in Cal history. With PRs of 64-9.75 (shot put), 179-1 (discus), 205-2 (hammer), 64-10.5 (weight), Williams was a two-time All-American, and 2005 MPSF Indoor Conference Champion in the weight throw. He ranks second all-time at Cal in the shot put, fourth all-time in the hammer, and is the school record holder in the indoor weight throw and shot put.

In 2004, Joyce coached former teammate Sheni Russell to a new PR and school record of 181-2 in the discus and to a narrow second-place finish at the Pac-10 Championships. Russell went on to earn NCAA All-American status and competed at the 2004 Olympic Trials.

Joyce has also coached Amin Nikfar to two NCAA Championship appearances, an Iranian national record and a gold medal at the 2004 Asian Indoor Games. Nikfar, who has Iranian heritage, is a national shot put champion and has competed for Iran at several international competitions. Nikfar's lifetime best in the shot put is 61-11 and ranks him fifth on Cal's all-time list.

The all-time top 10 lists have changed dramatically under Joyce the last two seasons. In 2005, the women's hammer had the most new additions to the list: Italian sophomore Giulia Urlando climbed to second place (190-6), redshirt sophomore Carrie Johnson moved to fourth (188-7), Canadian sophomore Alexandra Hunnings ranked fifth (178-8) and junior Lauren Dorsey settled into 10th (164-8).

Redshirt freshman John Ludden (2004 junior All-American) also moved onto the men's hammer list at ninth place (191-8).

In the women's shot put Kelechi Anyanwu improved her lifetime best (48-6) to move into a tie for sixth place all-time, while freshman Melissa "Missy" Faubus leaped into third place with 53-3.25. Faubus also made her mark on the discus top-10 list, finishing the year at No. 7 with 171-6. Faubus had an outstanding freshman season, in which she won the silver medal in the shot put at the USA Junior Nationals to earn a spot on the USA junior national team. As a member of this team, she also earned a silver medal at the Pan American Junior Championships in the shot put.

Joyce, a longtime member of the prominent Kajaks Track and Field Club in her hometown of Richmond, B.C., Canada, has served as a Junior Development Coach in the throwing events and is a certified Olympic Lifting Club Coach through USA Weightlifting. The native of Vancouver, B.C., is the current three-time Canadian national champion in the hammer, and she currently holds both the senior and junior national records in that event. Joyce has competed in numerous senior and junior international competitions, including the '97 Pan American Junior Championships, '98 World Junior Championships, '02 Commonwealth Games, '03 Pan American Games and '05 World Championships. Last season, Joyce improved her lifetime best in the hammer to a new Canadian record of 224-6 and placed 20th at the 2005 World Championships in Helsinki, Finland. She continues to train with Coach Chris Huffins for the 2006 Commonwealth Games in Melbourne, Australia, and looks to be a medalist at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, China.

Joyce completed her eligibility at Cal in 2002 and graduated in 2003 with degrees in American studies and French. A two-time All-American, Joyce owns the Cal record in the hammer (214-0) and is No. 3 all-time in the discus (178-3). During her career as a Bear, she competed at the NCAA Championships all four years in the hammer and also competed in the discus her senior year. Her highest finish at the NCAA Championships came as a sophomore, when she took fourth place in the hammer. After taking second place in the hammer as a freshman and as a sophomore and taking third place as a junior, Joyce won the Pac-10 title with a throw of 204-1 as a senior.


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