Washington, DC – The USA Deaf Sports Federation and the US Deaf Volleyball are pleased to announce Lynn Ray Boren of Frederick, Maryland as returning head coach for USA Women’s Team and Marcus Robinson of Arlington, Virginia as new head coach for USA Men’s Team. Both coaches will have two years to train and prepare the National Teams for 2017 Deaflympics in Turkey.
Lynn Ray Boren, a two-time Deaflympics head coach for the USA Women’s Team, is no stranger to international competition as his teams finished with a Silver and fourth place in past two Deaflympics. Boren, 10th year head coach at Gallaudet University, Washington D.C., led the Bison to six NCAA tournament appearances and five straight North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) championships.
“I am very enthusiastic to make a positive contribution to the USA Deaf Women’s volleyball program again and am looking forward to work with a new group of talented players. Preparing for the Deaflympics in Turkey is a long road ahead; we will do one step at a time and develop the whole new team with energizing missions. It is absolutely a dream to represent Red, White, and Blue country,” Boren said.
“With many years of international exposures in coaching volleyball, Boren brings a unique blend of experience to the table. We are excited to have him as our head coach again for 2017 Deaflympics.” Team Director Patrick O’Brien commented.
Marcus Robinson is currently the women’s head volleyball coach at the Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA). Robinson started the program at NOVA in 2008 as a club team before the college formally transitioned to intercollegiate athletic status in 2012 and affiliated with the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA).
Historically, US Men’s team earned their first and only medal, Silver at 1993 Deaflympics in Sofia, Bulgaria. USA did not send Men’s team to past two Deaflympics. US Team Director O’Brien stated “With his passion and experience, Robinson will revive the US Men’s volleyball program and we are excited to have him as our new head coach for 2017 Deaflympics.”
Under Robinson’s direction, NOVA has made an immediate impact in NJCAA competition. NOVA garnered national recognition in its first-year of intercollegiate status earning a top-20 national ranking and finishing the season with an impressive 24-10 record. NOVA wrapped up the inaugural campaign as a semifinalist in the 2012 NJCAA Region 20 DII Tournament. In 2013, NOVA reached the championship game of the NJCAA Region 20 DII Tournament and finished with a 30-10 record.
In 2014, Robinson guided NOVA to the NJCAA Region 20 DII Championship earning a trip to the NJCAA DII National Championship Tournament in Phoenix, AZ. He also earned Region 20/District H Coach of the Year honors while leading NOVA to a 23-10 record.