BHS Hall of Fame: Joy Cooper

BHS Hall of Fame: Joy Cooper

The Berlin High School Hall of Fame Class of 2019 is: Edwa rd Magruda (Class of 1937), Kenneth Burt (Class of 1957), Sean Garrison (Class of 1990), Joy Cooper (Class of 1992), Bill Robinson (Class of 1999), Kyle Zarotney (Class of 2006), and the 2006 CIAC Division III state championship boys basketball team.

Joy Cooper,Class of 1992

Joy Cooper was a three-sport athlete, participating in volleyball, basketball and softball, where she was also a multiple All-Academic Northwest Conference selection.

She went on to study social studies and education at Central Connecticut State University, graduating in May 1996. She returned for her masters degree in reading and language arts in 2002.

Cooper’s professional and personal values were largely shaped from her high school experience.

She was a dedicated athlete, who recognized and honored the importance of teamwork and sportsmanship. She understood how her role on the team contributed to the team’s success, serving as captain her senior year for all three of her teams. Additionally, she was also recognized for her academics, receiving All-Academic awards her senior year in each sport.

During her volleyball career, she won the Coaches Award in 1991, the Serving Award (92 percent accuracy with her serves) in 1992 and the same year was an All-Northwest Conference selection.

Her determination to excel in sports was demonstrated by the fact that she was a three-year starter in each sport.

For Cooper, the school year was divided by seasons, not semesters. And, as the fall season came to a close, she traded in a volleyball for a basketball.

As a four-year letter-winner in basketball, Cooper recognized the importance of foundational skills and perseverance. She won the Free Throw Award twice, in 1991 and 1992. She was also an All-Northwest Conference selection in 1992 along with being an All-Tournament Team selection during the Southington Christmas tournament in 1992. During that season, Cooper motivated her team as the captain and participated in the Senior All-Star game.

As spring rolled around, Cooper could be found behind the plate at Sage Park where she handled catching duties and was a three-time All-Northwest Conference selection.

As a member of the 1990 Class M state championship softball team and the 1991 state runner-up team, Berlin Hall of Fame Coach Ken Parciak referred to her as a clutch hitter, who was a natural athlete and a force behind the plate.

During her senior year, Cooper was a team captain, CHSCA Senior All-Star selection and a CHSCA/Hartford Courant Class M All-State selection.

Cooper has been a social studies teacher since 1997, and has taught at McGee Middle School since 2002. She has an extensive coaching resume, and currently serves as the assistant varsity softball coach at BHS, and the head girls basketball and girls soccer coach at McGee.

Also, she serves on many Berlin school committees, in addition to her duties as a team leader and department head at McGee.

The Berlin Hall of Fame induction ceremony is scheduled for Sunday, April 28, 3:30 p.m., at the Aqua Turf, 556 Mulberry St., Plantsville. For ticket information, contact Diane Egazarian at 860-828-0635 or Visit


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