Joey Lye has been a mainstay of Canada’s Women’s National Team since her debut with the senior squad in 2010 as part of the team that took home Bronze at the WBSC Women’s Softball World Championship in Caracas. Since then she has competed in every World Championship for Canada, earning Bronze again in 2016 and 2018. She was also a member of the Canadian teams that took home Silver at the 2011 and Pan American Games and Gold in 2015.
Born and raised in Toronto, Ontario, Lye attended Williams College where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology while playing four years for the Ephs on both the softball team and the women’s hockey team. On the field she set five all-time school records during her four seasons; batting average (.457), runs scored (150), hits (211), total bases (267) and stolen bases (62). While patrolling the blueline as part of the Ephs defence, she amassed 41 points (18G, 23A) in 100 games.
Since finishing her degree, Lye has moved in to coaching starting as an assistant with Williams in 2010 and 2011. She also spent five years (2012-2016) coaching at Stevenson University, was the head coach at Lebanon Valley College for the 2017 season and was named the head coach of the Bucknell University Bisons in 2018.
What’s your favourite food? Pancakes
What’s your favourite book? Legacy by James Kerr
What’s the best movie you’ve ever watched? The Italian Job
What Minor Softball Association you grew up playing in? Scarborough Spirit
What’s your pre-game ritual? Left sock, right sock, left cleat, right cleat.
What’s your favourite place that softball has taken you? The top of the podium! And the Netherlands for the World Championship in 2014.
What are your future aspirations? Win a gold medal at the 2020 Olympics!
If you could spend an hour with anyone in the world, living or dead, who would it be? Ellen DeGeneres
2009 U23 Women's Canadian Championship - Silver
2010 WBSC World Championship - Bronze
2011 Pan American Games - Silver
2012 Women's Canadian Championship - Bronze
2013 WBSC Americas Qualifier - Silver
2015 Pan American Games - Gold
2016 WBSC World Championship - Bronze
2017 WBSC Americas Qualifier - Bronze
2018 WBSC World Championship - Bronze