Lisa Joel came to Andover in 1993 after graduating from Amherst College, where she competed for four years in soccer, basketball, and lacrosse, captaining each of these Amherst teams during her senior year. Hired as a Teaching Fellow in Athletics, Joel had the opportunity to step into the assistant coach role in all three varsity sports during her first two years at Andover while also serving as Andover’s Sports Information Director. Throughout the 1990s, Joel continued competing in all three sports locally, playing in the BU summer lacrosse league, a local co-ed soccer league, and a Cambridge-Arlington basketball league. She also met a personal goal of running the Boston Marathon in 1999 as a member of Team Brigham and Women’s Hospital.
In 1998, Joel was appointed the Big Blue girls’ varsity soccer coach. Over the years, the Andover girls’ varsity soccer team (GVS) has won the Class A Prep School championship on four occasions (1998, 2009, 2011, 2015). In 2011, Joel was named the NSCAA New England Private School Coach of the Year.
In addition to coaching varsity soccer at Andover, Joel regularly volunteers with youth sports programs in Andover, coaching elementary and middle school girls’ soccer as well as basketball. In addition to coaching, Joel is the Director of Athletics and has spent 22 years living in dormitories at Andover and serving as an academic advisor to numerous students and as the faculty advisor to the Class of 2016. She is also the faculty advisor for the student club, Campuses Against Cancer. Following a seven-year tenure as Dean of Abbot Cluster, Joel took a sabbatical in 2012 and earned a Masters in Education from Boston University. Joel, her husband Chris, and their three daughters enjoy spending time in the summer at their home in the mountains of Bristol, NH, running, cycling and watching soccer at all levels.