Joanne Bovat has been the mainstay in the Western New England athletics department for 40 years and ranks among the biggest ambassadors for the Golden Bears.
She started her illustrious career as the Secretary to the Athletics Director upon graduating from Northampton Junior College in 1971 and began working in a one-room office with Coach Bill Downes in Rivers Memorial Gymnasium.
Today, they still work together in the Alumni Healthful Living Center. Joanne presently serves as the Office Manager for the highly-regarded Golden Bears’ athletics program.
Her love of sports and people has bridged four generations of Western New England student-athletes. Joanne plays a key role behind the scenes assisting the administrative staff and coaches on a daily basis with her strong commitment to excellence and ability to get the job done.
A terrific co-worker, Joanne has earned the respect of the entire athletics staff for being a loyal and valuable team member.
She and her husband Ron live in Westfield, Massachusetts.