Sagehens Athletics Names Water Polo Star Joy Haviland ’03 to Hall of Fame

Joy Haviland '03
Joy Haviland ’03

Claremont, Calif. (September 14, 2015)Pitzer College alumna Joy Haviland ’03, known as “one of the all-time greats” of Sagehens Women’s Water Polo, will be inducted into the Pomona-Pitzer Hall of Fame on September 19.

Haviland is one of six inductees who will be honored at the athletics department’s annual Hall of Fame dinner at Bridges Auditorium; the other inductees are: Scott Coleman PO ’05 (soccer), Kevin Hickey PO ’99 (baseball), Lucia Schmit PO ’03 (water polo, swimming), Mike Budenholzer PO ’93, honorary membership (basketball), and Curt Tong, distinguished service (former athletic director).

“We are extremely excited to welcome our six new inductees into the Pomona-Pitzer Hall of Fame,” said Director of Athletics Lesley Irvine. “We are thrilled to recognize their contributions to Sagehens Athletics and we look forward to celebrating and honoring their achievements.”

As a Sagehen, Haviland earned four first-team All-SCIAC honors and was named SCIAC Player of the Year as a junior in 2002. In her first two seasons, she earned Western Region Honorable Mention honors and second-team All-America honors. In both her junior and senior years, Haviland earned first-team All-American honors and was named the 2003 NCAA Division III Player of the Year. Haviland was team captain of the water polo team her last three years; she shared her captainship and MVP honors with fellow Hall of Fame inductee Lucia Schmit as a senior.

Haviland scored a school record 219 career goals and earned the Pomona-Pitzer Most Valuable Athlete honor in 2003. At the Division III Championships during her senior year, Haviland was named the National Tournament MVP after she scored four of the team’s eight goals, including the game-winning goal in the fifth overtime. Her exploits landed her in Sports Illustrated’s “Faces in the Crowd” column.

Haviland majored in religious studies at Pitzer, and then earned a law degree from University of California, Berkeley, in 2008 before spending five years as a public defender in New York City. Haviland now works as a staff attorney at the Drug Policy Alliance. She and her wife, Odette, live in Oakland, CA, where Haviland occasionally plays with a masters water polo team.

The Hall of Fame dinner will be held at Bridges Auditorium on Saturday from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., following the Sagehens’ home football opener against Lewis & Clark (12:30 p.m.) and men’s soccer’s home game with Cal Lutheran (4 p.m.). For more information about the Pomona-Pitzer Hall of Fame, including past inductees, please visit: Hall of Fame.

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Pitzer College joins with Pomona College to field 21 varsity teams – The Sagehens – that compete in Division III NCAA athletics and as members of the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC). There are 10 men’s and 11 women’s teams: baseball (men), basketball, cross country, football (men), golf, lacrosse (women), soccer, softball (women), swimming and diving, tennis, track and field, volleyball (women) and water polo.

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