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Grand Valley State mourns the passing of longtime coach Professor Joan Boand

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Grand Valley State University officials announced that Joan Boand died Thursday, Jan. 27, at her home.

Boand, 88, came to Grand Valley in 1966 to teach swimming lessons, and later coached volleyball, basketball and track and field. She was a professor emeritus of physical education.

“Her accomplishments are extraordinary, and so is she,” GVSU President Philomena V. Mantella said in a statement. “His reach has extended far beyond his career with lasting effects on women in sport and his dedication to GVSU programs.

“Up until a few years ago, she was still helping out in the Lubbers Stadium press box and hanging out with the Lakers events and fans she loved. She will be sorely missed, but her legacy will definitely live on.

The Lakers volleyball team went 557-330 under Boand’s leadership and won six GLIAC championships, including five in a row from 1973 to 1977. She coached the Grand Valley basketball team until a 132-48 mark and four consecutive GLIAC titles (1974-77).

Boand retired in 1999.

“Today, we sponsor 11 outstanding women’s programs who have gone on to excel at the highest level,” said Grand Valley Athletic Director Keri Becker. “Joan’s legacy will never be forgotten and will live on in every student athlete who wears the GV logo on her chest.”