WASHINGTON - Gallaudet University women's volleyball head coach Lynn Ray Boren has been selected as the United States of America Deaf Women's Volleyball Head Coach as announced by the USA Deaf Sports Federation and USA Deaf Volleyball (USADVB).
Coach Boren will lead the U.S. Deaf Women's Volleyball National Team into the 2020 World Deaf Volleyball Championships in Chianciano Terme, Italy, from July 2-11 and the 2021 Deaflympics (dates and location to be announced).
"Coach Boren brings a tremendous passion for the game of volleyball to the table," said USA Deaf Volleyball Team Director Patrick O'Brien. "Coach Boren is a great fit to lead our national team because of his excellent track record leading this program in the past and his relationships with the athletes are a few reasons why he was selected."
Boren, who is entering his 15th season leading the Gallaudet women's volleyball program, is 46-10 in 12 years leading the USA Deaf Women's Volleyball National Team.
In 2017, Boren and Team USA earned bronze at the 23rd Deaflympics in Samsun, Turkey. In three Deaflympics under Coach Boren, Team USA has finished second (2009), fourth (2013) and third (2017).
Three summers ago, Gallaudet was the site of the 2016 World Deaf Volleyball Championships and the sixth Pan American (PanAm) Deaf Volleyball regional qualifying tournament where Team USA won gold in both tournaments. Boren led Team USA to the silver medal and bronze medal in 2012 and 2008, respectively, in previous World Deaf Volleyball Championships.
Boren's first gold as Team USA head coach came in 2011 in the Friendship Games held in D.C.
"I am so grateful to have this opportunity, again, to coach the U.S. Deaf Women's National Team," said Boren. "I am enthusiastic to be part of this group of amazing players, sharing the same expectations while representing the red, white and blue. This group will step up and make things happen to help us accomplish our future missions over the next two years."
Coach Boren has accumulated a 328-185 (.639) career record in his 14 seasons as head coach of the Bison. Gallaudet won seven straight North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) championships from 2010-16 and represented the conference in the NCAA tournament during that stretch. 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 deaf 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.
Boren and his wife Touria Ouahid Boren, a Gallaudet University Athletics Hall of Fame member, have two sons, Keanu and Denali, and reside in Frederick, Md.
- USA Deaf Volleyball
- Boren named U.S. Women's National Volleyball Team Head Coach (USDeafSports.org)