Volleyball Coach, 1980-83
Ferris' third head volleyball coach, DeBoer is best known for guiding the Bulldogs to their first two NCAA Tournament appearances. A 1978 graduate of Michigan State University, DeBoer registered a 107-63 (.629) mark in four seasons at the helm. During the 1982 campaign, DeBoer led the Bulldogs to a 43-14 mark, which included a first-place 8-0 GLIAC finish. In her final campaign (1983), DeBoer helped FSU finish 33-12 overall and reach the regional finals. During her college career, DeBoer led Michigan State to a seventh place performance in the 1977 AIAW National Championships. Besides running her own summer camps at Ferris State, she also taught nationally, including two summers serving on the volleyball staff at the National Sports Festival - an Olympic training ground for America's top junior athletes. A Grand Rapids Christian High School graduate, DeBoer was the Most Valuable Player on MSU's 1978 basketball squad and a two-year starting forward for the Minnesota Fillies of the former Women's Professional Basketball League (WBL). A two-time (1981-82) GLIAC "Coach of the Year," DeBoer led Ferris to its first two volleyball league titles (1982-83) and held an active 22-match conference winning streak when she left. She firmly established Ferris State as a top 10 team in the national polls as the Bulldogs claimed two-straight GLIAC Tournament titles (1982-83) and recorded two consecutive eighth-place national finishes (1982-83). One of the first to fight for Title IX rights, DeBoer later served at FSU as assistant athletics director and was senior associate athletics director and head coach at the University of Kentucky. She lives in Lexington, Ky.