WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Gallaudet University Athletics Department is proud to announce the promotion of Lynn Ray Boren to Assistant Athletic Director as announced by Director of Athletics Michael Weinstock on Friday. Boren is in the midst of his sixth season as Gallaudet’s volleyball head coach. He has also served the athletics department as the data reporting coordinator. Boren’s promotion is effective immediately. He will also oversee the Bison Summer Camp program.
"Lynn Ray Boren brings a lot of energy to our athletics department. He has high expectations for his program and student-athletes. He will carry those same qualities when working with the entire department," said Weinstock.
Boren and the 2010 volleyball team are off to a 4-1 start to the season. His career coaching record at Gallaudet is 126-67 (.653 winning percentage), the best mark by any current head coach at Gallaudet. He helped to lead the volleyball program to two NCAA tournament appearances and last season the Bison won the program’s first-ever Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) championship. In the past four years his teams have been honored by the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) with its Team Academic Award.
"This is a great opportunity for me at Gallaudet University. I am excited to work with an athletic department with the same vision,” said Boren. “I look forward to the challenges that lie ahead of us. I have faith in our fine athletic staff we will be able to tackle these challenges together.”
In 2009, Boren coached the Bison to the ECAC South Region championship as the Buff and Blue posted a 27-14 record and finished as runners-up in the Capital Athletic Conference championship. Three senior players in Shana Lehmann, Justine Jeter and Amanda Krieger earned all-conference honors for the Bison to increase the total to 14 in Boren's tenure. He has also coached two CAC Players of the Year in Charity Sanders (2005) and Tamijo Foronda (2006).
Boren led Gallaudet to back-to-back CAC championships and NCAA tournament appearances during his first two seasons in 2005 and '06. The conference championships were later vacated. The 2006 team advanced to the Sweet 16 round as the Bison won their first two NCAA tournament games and finished with a 30-10 record.
Prior to coaching the GU volleyball program, Boren spent 12 years coaching at the Model Secondary School for the Deaf, including nine years as head coach where he won 217 games and four national championships. Boren graduated from Gallaudet with a bachelor's degree in 1996 and received his master's degree from McDaniel College (formerly Western Maryland College) in 1999.
In the past year, Boren has received two distinctive awards from two of his Alma Maters. He was selected to be inducted into the Texas School for the Deaf Alumni Association Hall of Fame and receive the 2010 Outstanding Young Alumnus Award presented by the Gallaudet University Alumni Association.
Boren was selected to the Texas School for the Deaf Alumni Association's Hall of Fame for its sports category. He played four sports the Texas School for the Deaf including football, baseball, basketball and tennis and was on three national championship teams between 1988 and 1989. Boren was the 1989 Class Salutatorian before he attended Gallaudet University as a student.
The Outstanding Young Alumnus Award is presented to a Gallaudet alumnus who has graduated from or left the University within the past 15 years. It is awarded by a vote of the GUAA Board to an individual who has performed an impressive service to the University and/or the Deaf Community, or for bringing favorable recognition to the University through some notable achievement.
Boren also has a strong international coaching and playing experience as he recently led the United States of America Deaf Volleyball team to the silver medal in the 2009 Deaflympics held in Taipei. He is also a competitive handball player as he participated in three Deaflympics as a player in 1993, '97 and 2001 as he won a bronze medal with the last two teams. In 2005, he coached the USA Deaf Handball team to a silver medal in Australia. In 2008, Boren led the 2008 US National Team to a bronze medal in Buenos Aires, Argentina, in the Deaf World Volleyball Championships. He was also the Co-Founder and Co-Director of the Elite Deaf Girls' Volleyball Summer Camp, a prestigious volleyball development program that is currently entering its 11th year.
Boren and his wife Touria Ouahid Boren, a GU Athletics Hall of Fame member, have two sons, Keanu and Denali, and reside in University Park, Md.