Joanna (J.J.) Payette enters her eighth season as an assistant coach at Stetson in 2013-14 following a four-year playing career for the Hatters in which she served as a two-year co-captain while earning Atlantic Sun All-Academic honors three times. Payette's responsibilities on the staff include travel and schedule coordination, academic advising, and serving as Associate Camp Director of Head Coach Frank Griffin's Stetson Fastpitch Academy.
Payette was honored with the Bob Gillies Award in 2003 and 2004 for displaying dedication, determination, desire, and discipline in her role as a student-athlete. In spring 2004, she was selected to travel to Oklahoma City, Oklahoma to be a student-athlete clinician at the NCAA's YES (Youth Excellence through Sport) Clinic held in conjunction with the Women's College World Series.
A 10-year member of the National Fastpitch Coaches Association, Payette is a Four-Star Master Coach having completed the eight-course curriculum of the National Fastpitch Coaches College (NFCC).
Born in Tampa, Florida, Payette grew up in Springfield, Missouri and Lone Tree, Colorado, graduating from Chaparral High School in 2002. She is working toward a Master's of Science in Mental Health Counseling and a Master's of Business Administration at Stetson.