WASHINGTON – It will be a third consecutive trip to the Deaflympics for Gallaudet University’s Lynn Ray Boren, who was named the USA Deaf Women’s Volleyball Head Coach for the 2017 National Team, as announced by USA Deaf Sports Federation and USA Deaf Volleyball.
Boren, 44, is entering his 11th season as Gallaudet’s women’s volleyball head coach where he has guided the Bison to five consecutive North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) championships and five straight NCAA Division III tournament appearances. The Frederick, Md., resident is also an Assistant Athletic Director in the athletics department.
"I am very enthusiastic to make a positive contribution to the USA Deaf Women’s Volleyball program, again, and I am looking forward to working with a new group of talented players," said Boren. "Preparing for the Deaflympics in Turkey is a long road ahead. I expect to see new changes in the program to improve our performance in all competitions."
The USA Deaf Women’s Volleyball Team finished fourth in the 2013 Deaflympics in Sofia, Bulgaria, and won silver at the 2009 Deaflympics in Taipei, Taiwan. Boren has guided Team USA to medals in the past two World Deaf Volleyball Championships earning silver in 2012 (Sofia, Bulgaria) and bronze in 2008 (Buenos Aires, Argentina).
"With many years of international exposure in coaching volleyball, Boren brings a unique blend of experience to the table. We are excited to have him as our head coach again for 2017 Deaflympics," said USA Deaf Volleyball Team Director Patrick O'Brien.
Tryouts for the USA Deaf Women’s Volleyball National Team will take place this weekend (June 5-7) in California. The official team will be announced on June 7 and will represent Team USA in the PANAM and World Deaf Volleyball Championships in Washington, D.C., in summer 2016. Team USA will also compete in the U.S. Open in Orlando, Fla., in May/June 2016 in preparation for the 2017 Deaflympics.
"Our goal is to build a complete team from Day 1 of the tryouts until the completion of the 2016 World Deaf Volleyball Championships. That is our main goal in order to try and win a gold medal at the 2017 Deaflympics," said Boren."
Top deaf women's volleyball teams in the world include Ukraine, Japan, Russia and Team USA.
Coach Boren has accumulated a 249-123 (.669) career record in his 10 seasons as head coach of the Bison. 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 in 1999.
Boren was 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.