William Joy
Biographical details
Bornc. 1888
Playing career
1909–1911Holy Cross (MA)
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
Boston College
Hyde Park HS (MA)
Boston College (assistant)
Fordham (assistant)
Head coaching record
Overall32–24–5 (college)
College Football Data Warehouse
Accomplishments and honors
2 Western New York Little Three Conference (1934, 1936)

William P. "Hiker" Joy (c. 1888 – ?) was an American football player and coach. He served as the head football coach at Boston College from 1912 to 1913 and at Canisius College from 1933 to 1938, compiling a career college football record of 32–24–5.


An All-American end at Holy Cross, Joy was hired as Boston College's head coach months after graduating college. In his seacond season as head coach, he led BC to their first winning season of the 20th century. On December 14, 1914, Joy was named faculty coach at Hyde Park High School in Hyde Park, Massachusetts.[1] Joy returned to Boston College in 1921 as an assistant to Frank Cavanaugh.[2] When Cavanaugh left BC in 1927, Joy followed him to Fordham where he remained as an assistant until 1932. From 1933 to 1938, Joy was the head coach at Canisius College.

Head coaching recordEdit


Year Team Overall Conference Standing Bowl/playoffs
Boston College Eagles (Independent) (1912–1913)
1912 Boston College 2–4–1
1913 Boston College 4–3–1
Boston College: 6–7–2
Canisius Golden Griffins (Western New York Little Three Conference) (1933–1938)
1933 Canisius 6–1–1 0–1–1 3rd
1934 Canisius 4–2 2–0 1st
1935 Canisius 3–3–1 1–1 2nd
1936 Canisius 7–1 2–0 1st
1937 Canisius 4–4–1 1–1
1938 Canisius 2–6 1–1
Canisius: 26–17–3 7–4–1
Total: 32–24–5
      National championship         Conference title         Conference division title


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