Joan Streit began working at Joliet West High School in Joliet, Illinois in 1975. She was the girls' athletic director, basketball coach, and physical education teacher. Streit was ambitious and had a love for the game of basketball. She wanted girls to have opportunities in sports that she was never offered. Her team was one of eight that advanced to the first girls’ state basketball tournament in Illinois. The first championship tournament was at Horton Fieldhouse at Illinois State University on April 1st and 2nd 1977. Her team won it all the next year with the help of future Olympian and Illinois State star Cathy Boswell.