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Women's Volleyball

Lynn Ray Boren
Lynn Ray Boren
Title: Head Coach
Phone: 202.250.2461
Previous College: Gallaudet '96
Master's Degree: McDaniel '99
Year at Gallaudet: 15th

Boren enters his 15th season as the head coach of the Gallaudet University volleyball program for the 2019-20 season. In 13 seasons, Boren has accumulated a 328-185 career record with the Bison and led them to eight NCAA tournament appearances and seven straight North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) championships. Boren enters his 10th year as Assistant Athletic Director.

At the 2014 American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Convention, Boren received the USA Volleyball Rebecca B. Howard Star Award for his part in positively impacting diversity in the sport of volleyball. The Rebecca B. Howard Star Award was initiated by the Diversity Commission to identify and recognize groups and individuals who demonstrate a successful commitment to diversity in volleyball.

The Bison won their fifth straight NEAC championship in 2014 as GU went 11-1 in conference play and hosted the NEAC tournament for a third straight year. GU defeated Penn St.-Berks in straight sets to advance to a fifth consecutive NCAA tournament where the Bison traveled to Christopher Newport and faced the ninth-ranked Captains and lost, 3-0. Senior Kali Frowick was named an AVCA All-American honorable mention and all-region first team honoree. Frowick was named the 2014 NEAC Player of the Year and made her fourth straight appearance on the all-conference first team. GU had four All-NEAC honors.

in 2013, Gallaudet won its fourth consecutive NEAC championship and first round NCAA tournament appearance. Senior Lane Peters and junior Kali Frowick were named the All-NEAC first team and sophomore TraciAnn Hoglind was named to the second team. The Bison had an overall record of 23-14 and went 9-1 in NEAC play.

Boren led the Bison to a third consecutive NEAC championship followed by another first round NCAA tournament appearance in 2012. Junior Lane Peters was named the NEAC tournament MVP. Seniors Ann Whited and Jessica Israel were chosen as the 2012 NEAC Player of the Year and Defensive Player of the Year, respectively. The Bison had an overall record of 31-7 and finished 11-0 in conference play. Boren was named the 2012 NEAC Coach of the Year. Boren also reached his 200th career win as head coach for Gallaudet.

In the 2011 season, the Bison repeated as NEAC champions and advanced to the NCAA tournament where they met Salisbury University in Newport News, Va., and lost 3-1. GU had four all-conference players including freshmen Kali Frowick and Sarah Tubert on the first team and juniors Jessica Israel and Ann Whited on the second team. Frowick earned the conference's first-ever Rookie of the Year honor. Frowick and Tubert were later named 2011 ECAC Division III Upstate/Metro Volleyball Second Team All-Stars. Israel was honored by the AVCA as an All-Region honorable mention honoree.

In 2010, Boren guided the Bison to its first-ever NEAC championship in the first year in the conference. Gallaudet earned an automatic bid into the NCAA tournament where they went up against No. 5 ranked Christopher Newport University in the first round and lost 3-0. Four players earned all-conference honors including Paige Johnson, Jessica Israel, Ann Whited and Mari Klassen. Johnson was named the 2010 NEAC South Division Player of the Year and took home conference tournament MVP honors.

Boren led teams earned the AVCA Team Academic Award for 10 years straight years (2007-16). He also holds a CAP II certificate from the USAV.

In 2009, Boren coached the Bison to the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) South Region championship as the Buff and Blue posted a 27-14 record and finished as runners-up in the Capital Athletic Conference (CAC) 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.

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. He was named USA Deaf Women's Volleyball Head Coach for a fourth time in the summer of 2017. He led Team USA to a silver medal in the 2013 Deaflympics (Sofia, Bulgaria) and 2009 Deaflympics (Taipei, Taiwan) and a bronze medal at the 2017 Deaflympics (Samsun, Turkey). 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. In August 2012, Boren coached the USA Deaf Volleyball team to a silver medal at the 2nd annual World Deaf Volleyball Championships in Sofia, Bulgaria. In 2016, Boren led Team USA to the gold medal at the World Deaf Volleyball Championships hosted by Gallaudet University and won the PanAm championship.

He was also the Co-Founder and Co-Director of the Elite Deaf Girls' Volleyball Summer Camp, a prestigious volleyball development program that is entering its 17th year.

Boren expects his players to do as well off the court as they do on the court. "Student-athletes should live their dreams everyday. To accomplish this, I encourage student-athletes to develop a strong sense of confidence and to believe in themselves. This establishes the foundation which empowers them to develop a goal attainment plan and achieve their dreams."

Boren and his wife Touria Ouahid Boren, a GU Athletics Hall of Fame member, have two sons, Keanu and Denali, and reside in Frederick, Md.

Why Gallaudet? "As a Gallaudet alumni, I am always proud to coach this team. As a Gallaudet coach my job is to push student-athletes both physically and mentally in hopes that they will produce their best effort each and every day. This establishes the foundation which empowers them to develop a goal attainment plan and achieve their dreams. Student-athletes should live their dreams every day."


Year   Record   Conference   Highlights
2005   22-11*   6-1 CAC   CAC tournament championship*, four All-CAC honors, appeared in the second round of the NCAA tournament*
2006   30-10*   5-2 CAC   CAC tournament championship*, three All-CAC honors, appeared in third round of NCAA tournament
2007   24-12   7-1 CAC   Semifinalist at the CAC tournament, three All-CAC honors
2008   18-18   4-4 CAC   First round CAC tournament appearance, one All-CAC honor
2009   27-14   6-2 CAC   Runner-up in CAC championship game, three All-CAC honors
2010   24-15   7-1 NEAC   First-ever NEAC championship (first year in conference), NCAA tournament appearance, four All-NEAC honors
2011   28-8   9-1 NEAC   Second consecutive NEAC championship, NCAA tournament appearance, four All-NEAC honors, NEAC Rookie of the Year
2012   31-7   11-0 NEAC   Third consecutive NEAC championship, NCAA tournament appearance, four All-NEAC honors, NEAC Coach, Player, Defensive Player of the Year awards, 200th career win at Gallaudet
2013   23-14   9-1 NEAC   Fourth consecutive NEAC championship, NCAA first round tournament appearance, three All-NEAC honors
2014   22-14   11-1 NEAC   Fifth consecutive NEAC championship, NCAA tournament first round appearance, four All-NEAC honors, NEAC Player of the Year, AVCA All-American honorable mention
2015   23-13   10-2 NEAC   Sixth consecutive NEAC championship, NCAA tournament first round appearance, three All-NEAC honors, AVCA All-American honorable mention
2016   21-16   11-2 NEAC   Seventh consecutive NEAC championship, NCAA tournament first round appearance, four All-NEAC honors, NEAC Player, Rookie of the Year, AVCA All-American honorable mention
2017   18-16   7-2 NEAC   NEAC Tournament Finalist, NEAC Player of the Year, All-NEAC First Team, 300th career win at Gallaudet
2018   17-17   8-3 NEAC   NEAC Tournament Semifinalist, four All-NEAC honors, NEAC Rookie of the Year

328-185 (.639)

  83-13 NEAC (.864)   14 seasons

* - Conference championships, 2005 NCAA tournament results later vacated