Kathy DeBoer

Executive Director
American Volleyball Coaches Association

Kathy DeBoer is the Executive Director of the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) a position she has held since February 1, 2006.  Membership has doubled during her tenure.  DeBoer is widely credited for leading the effort to get Beach Volleyball recognized as a collegiate sport.  Also, under her direction, AVCA established a Diversity Scholarship Fund, a Coaches For Coaches Scholarship Fund, and a Thirty Under 30 Award, all contributors to the professional development of young, aspiring volleyball coaches.    

Prior to the AVCA, DeBoer spent twenty-three years in intercollegiate athletics serving as a coach, administrator and fundraiser. She spent eighteen years at the University of Kentucky, first as head volleyball coach, and finishing as the Senior Associate Athletics Director for External Affairs. She started her career at Ferris State University in Michigan.

DeBoer was a collegiate athlete in volleyball, basketball and tennis.  As a senior at Michigan State, she was named a finalist for the Wade Trophy. She played two years of professional basketball after graduation in the WBL.

DeBoer is a nationally-known speaker on the impact of gender on competitive behavior in business and sports settings.  Her first book, Gender and Competition: How Men and Women Approach Work and Play Differently, was published in 2004. 

DeBoer has a B.A. in Humanities from Michigan State (1978) and an M.B.A. from University of Kentucky (1988). She is married to Mark Pittman and resides in Lexington, Ky.

Business and a B.A. with honors from Harvard University. He lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with his wife and four children.