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Joan Wells
  • One of the most successful volleyball coaches in Kansas high school history
  • Won 15 state volleyball championships at Lawrence High School
  • Member of three other Hall of Fames
Wells, Joan
Inducted 2010

Born: December 21, 1948 – Atchison, Kansas

Graduated: Atchison H.S., 1967; University of Kansas, 1971; M.S., University of Kansas, 1979


One of the true pioneers of high school volleyball in the state of Kansas, no coach has been as successful as Joan Lundstrom Wells, a native of Atchison. Wells was the head coach at Lawrence High School for 27 years (1971-97) and posted a remarkable 865-89 record (a .907 winning percentage), which included 26 trips to the state tournament, 15 state championships and seven runner-up finishes.

Coaching Highlights

Under Wells’ leadership, Lions claimed 15 Sunflower League titles and were ranked in the Top 25 nationally in 1990, ’92 and ’95. Twenty-nine of her players went on the play at the NCAA Division I level.  Wells was named the state coach of the year six times and the annual Lawrence High tournament is named in her honor.  In addition to coaching volleyball, Wells also led Lawrence High to a state softball title and was the head coach in that sport for 15 years.


Wells received letter awards in volleyball, field hockey, softball and tennis from University of Kansas athletics in 1998 as part of the 30th anniversary celebration of KU women’s sports. She is a member of the Kansas State High School Activities Association Hall of Fame, 2003; National High School Athletic Coaches Association Hall of Fame, 2005; National Federation of State High School Associations Hall of Fame, 2007.