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2019 Inductee: Joyce Tiarks

Joyce Tiarks- Coach

Softball, Volleyball, JH Basketball, High School Cheer Sponsor and Underwood CSD Activities Director.

Coach Joyce Tiarks was a staple of the Underwood activities department for 25 years. During her time as a coach from 1980-2004, she was the head coach of the high school softball team for 25 years and high school volleyball team for 5 years. She spent 15 years as an assistant volleyball coach, coached junior high basketball, was the high school cheerleading sponsor and was the school’s activities director from 1987-1993. As the softball coach, she retired with a career record of 578 wins and 295 losses for a career .662-win percentage. She guided her teams to 7 state tournaments (1989,1990,1995,1997,2002,2003,2004) placing as high as 3rd place in 2002. Her WIC softball teams won an impressive 11 regular-season titles, 9 WIC Tournament titles and had 3 WIC Tournament runner-up finishes. Coach Tiarks was named the District Softball Coach of the Year in 1990 and 2003. She was named the 2002 Omaha World-Herald Western Iowa Coach of the Year for all sports. In 2005 she was named a finalist for the National Softball Coach of the Year. Coach Tiarks is an inductee of the KMA Hall of Fame (2018-2019) and the Iowa Girls Coaches Association Softball Hall of Fame (2007).