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Olivet College to host lecture on gender and competition
Mar 12, 2007

OLIVET, Mich. Kathleen DeBoer, a former coach and athletic administrator at the University of Kentucky, will speak as part of Olivet Colleges Lecture and Symposium Series Wednesday, March 21 at 1:30 p.m. in the colleges Mott Auditorium. The event, which is sponsored in part by the colleges Betsy Dole Womens Resource Center, is free and open to the public.

With 23 years of experience in intercollegiate athletics, serving as a coach, administrator and fundraiser, DeBoer has seen a wide variety of competition. During her presentation, DeBoer will discuss how men and women approach competition both on- and off-the-court. Examining differences in values and fears, conversations, behaviors and psychological adjustments, shell define how genders differ in both competitive work and athletic environments. She is the author of Gender and Competition: How Men and Women Approach Work and Play Differently.

DeBoer, who is the executive director of the American Volleyball Coaches Association, spent 18 years at Kentucky, finishing her career as the senior associate athletic director. She spent nine years as the head volleyball coach, where she compiled a 212-96 record, won three Southeastern Conference Championships and advanced to the NCAA tournament four times. In 1987, she was named National Coach of the Year.

She has been a member of the coaching staff for three Olympic Sports Festival teams and the 1989 World University Games team. Other accomplishments include coaching the Ferris State Universitys volleyball team to three conference championships and two NCAA appearances in three years, serving as an advisor to the USA Womens National Team from 1988-96, and playing in the Womens Basketball League from 1978-80.

DeBoer earned a bachelors from Michigan State University MSU) and masters from the University of Kentucky. While competing at MSU, she was a finalist for the Wade Trophy, the highest award given annually in womens basketball.

For more information, call (269) 749-7164.



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