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Kathleen Deboer speaks on gender and competition at Geneva


BEAVER FALLS, Pa. – As part of the Geneva College Colloquia Series, Kathleen DeBoer will speak on the topic of Gender and Competition: How Men and Women Approach Work and Play Differently in Skye Lounge on Thursday, October 12, at 7:00 P.M. and on Friday, October 13, at 10:10 A.M.

Kathleen DeBoer is the executive director of the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA), a member-funded, non-profit organization that advocates for the sport on all levels. DeBoer is also a nationally known public speaker on the impact of gender on competitive behavior and has written extensively on issues of competition, gender, coaching, and intercollegiate athletics.

Prior to her AVCA appointment, she spent three years as the commissioner of general services for the Lexington-Fayette (Kentucky) Urban County Government. In that capacity, she managed a $25 million budget and 375 employees. DeBoer is also the architect of a public/private partnership called the Tubby′s Clubhouse/Dell TechKnow that provides computer equipment and training to undeserved population in Lexington′s Community Centers.

Before her government work, DeBoer spent twenty-three years in intercollegiate athletics serving as a coach, administrator, and fundraiser. She spent eighteen years at the University of Kentucky, finishing her career as the senior associate athletics director.

DeBoer spent thirteen years coaching volleyball. In her nine years as Kentucky′s head coach, the team advanced to the NCAA Tournament four times. In 1987, DeBoer was named National Coach of the Year. Her coaching career also includes work with Ferris State University, USA Women′s National Team, and the Olympic Games.

She has a B.A. in humanities from Michigan State University and her M.B.A. from the University of Kentucky.