Joyce D. Komorouski ’81 Inducted 1999
Basketball and Softball
A two-sport standout in basketball and softball, Joyce Detlefsen Komorouski graduated in 1981 as the basketball program's all-time leading scorer with 617 points and the softball program's all-time leading hitter with a career batting average of .421. In softball, Komorouski, a shortstop, was selected as the team's most valuable player in both 1980 and 1981. She was also named to the MAIAW All-State team in 1980 and 1981 and the AIAW All-Region team in 1981. In her senior year, Komorouski only played on weekends due to commitments to student-teaching during the week. She hit over .600 at the state tournament leading the team to a second place finish which resulted in the program's first ever bid to the AIAW Regional Tournament. In the regional tournament, Komorouski hit .500 as the Gusties upset the #1 seed in the second round and eventually finished fourth, just missing a national tournament berth. In basketball, Komorouski, a four-year starter at guard, averaged 9.1 points and 5.2 assists per game during her senior season as the Gusties finished with a record of 15-6.
After graduating with a major in physical education and health, Komorouski accepted a position at Valley Middle School in Apple Valley where she taught and coached for nine years. She is currently in her 10th year at Dakota Middle School in Eagan where she is teaching physical education and health and coaching basketball and softball. Komorouski has stayed active in competitive athletics participating in softball, basketball, and broomball leagues. She has also completed 10 marathons and four cross country skiing marathons. Joyce lives in Burnsville with her husband, Dave, and stepsons Kevin and Chris.