Success followed Darlene Joyner wherever she went. As an athlete at Guilford College, she played basketball and volleyball and is a member of its Athletics Hall of Fame. She went on to become a standout coach in three sports at Northwest Guilford High School. Her softball team won a state championship in 1996. In volleyball her teams won 20 straight conference championships, including 16 in a row, and compiled a record of 500-101. In girls basketball her teams had a record of 281-99. Joyner guided the volleyball and basketball teams to the state finals this past year, finishing as runners-up in both. After 31 years of teaching and coaching the Vikings, she retired this past March.