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USA Deaf Women's Volleyball

A brief history of USA Deaf Volleyball

Established in 1981, USA Deaf Volleyball (USADVB) has produced some of the world’s best deaf volleyball teams. USADVB is committed to the development of volleyball players and organizes year-round training programs and local, regional, and national volleyball tournaments. National teams represent the US in the PanAm games, international indoor and beach deaf volleyball championships, and at the Deaflympics. The US sent a team to the 1969 Summer Games when volleyball was first inducted as a Deaflympic sport, and has sent a volleyball team to every Summer Games.

USA Deaf Sports Federation (USADSF) serves as the national governing body of deaf sport organizations in the United States. Its purpose is to regulate the rules of competition for affiliated organizations, facilitate the participation of US teams in international deaf competitions, and promote human rights and equity through sports.

Our Athletes

Our athletes represent the best deaf volleyball players in the country. These athletes have played, currently play, or will play at the collegiate level in addition to the USA Deaf Women's Volleyball team. The junior players also play on high level USA Volleyball club teams.

When our athletes are not practicing or competing with the USA Deaf team, some wear hearing aids or cochlear implants while others do not. USA Deaf Sports Federation is a National Association member of the International Committee of Sports for the Deaf (ICSD) and complies with the Deaflympics regulations prohibiting the use of hearing aids or cochlear implant aids during any sanctioned competitions. ASL, lipreading, and an interpreter is used in communicating on the court during these sanctioned competitions.

Our Coaches

Lynn Ray Boren, a three-time Deaflympic Head Coach for the U.S. Women’s National Volleyball Team and 15 season head coach at Gallaudet University, has been named the program’s head coach again for the 24th Summer Deaflympics in 2021. Boren will also lead the team at the 2020 World Deaf Volleyball Championships in Chianciano Terme, Italy.

Boren has an excellent international coaching record with USA Women’s program since 2007. He has guided United States in a number of international events:

  • 2008 World Deaf Volleyball Championship in Buenos Aires, Argentina – bronze
  • 2009 21st Deaflympics in Taipei, Taiwan – Silver
  • 2011 Friendship Games in District of Columbia – Gold
  • 2012 World Deaf Volleyball Championship in Sofia, Bulgaria – Silver
  • 2013 22nd Deaflympics in Sofia, Bulgaria – 4th place
  • 2016 6th PanAm Deaf Volleyball Regional Qualification– Gold
  • 2016 World Deaf Volleyball Championship in District of Columbia – Gold
  • 2017 23rd Deaflympics in Samsun, Turkey – Bronze
  • 2019 7th PanAm Deaf Volleyball Regional Qualification – Gold

Beau Lawler, Ole Miss Volleyball Assistant Coach, has been an assistant coach for the U.S. Deaf National Team since January of 2019.

Prior to joining Ole Miss for the 2020 season, Lawler spent the 2019 season as the program’s first-ever full-time video coordinator with Nebraska, handling all aspects of coordinating game film and other day-to-day needs of the program as an assistant director of operations. Lawler coordinated all statistical analysis for the Huskers and opponents while also assisting in scouting and game-plan preparation. Lawler helped guide the Huskers to a 28-5 campaign and an appearance in the NCAA Regional Final, where the squad finished ranked No. 5 in the AVCA Coaches’ Poll.

Prior to joining Nebraska, Lawler was an assistant coach at Idaho State in 2018 and helped guided the Bengals to their best finish in the Big Sky Conference since 2015.

Lawler spent three seasons on staff at Utah, beginning as a video and statistics coordinator and then rising to technical director/director of operations. In his final year with the Utes, Utah has their most successful season to date in 2017, finishing fourth in the Pac-12 and appearing in the NCAA Tournament for the third time in program history.

Cory Behm, Assistant Coach for USA Deaf Women's Volleyball team since December 2019, has coached under Lynn Ray Boren at Gallaudet since 2015.

Behm was member of the US Deaf National Soccer team from 2006 - 2009 and competed in the 2008 Deaf World Cup and 2009 Deaflympics in Taipei, Taiwan before switching to volleyball in 2010 and participated in numerous international competitions including the 2016 PANAM games, 2016 World Championship, and 2017 Deaflympics in Turkey.

While the U.S. Olympic Committee supports our efforts in spirit, they cannot offer the USA Deaf Women's Volleyball any financial support. Our athletes and coaches must fundraise for the team to represent USA in international competitions. Sponsorships allow the team to focus on bringing home gold instead of the financial implications of competing.

Recent and Upcoming USA Deaf Volleyball Competitions

Pan American Deaf Volleyball Regional Qualifier

From November 25-30th, 2019, the USA team dominated the court in Brasilia, Brazil, winning gold without dropping a single set and qualifying for the 2021 Deaflympics.

A special thank you to USA Volleyball for their generous uniform package donation valued at over $12,000 for the team and the Chesapeake Region Volleyball Association for their generous donation.

World Deaf Volleyball Championship in Chianciano Terme, Italy

The USA Deaf Women's Volleyball team will train in Baltimore the last week of June before traveling to Italy to compete in the World Deaf Volleyball Championship Games July 1-11, 2020.

As always, the team has their sights set on GOLD.

Fundraising Goal for the World Deaf Volleyball Championship

The USA Deaf Women's Volleyball team needs to raise $66,000 by April 2020 to cover the travel, lodging, and food costs for the team to compete in Italy.

Sponsors will be featured prominently on our website, social media, and any promotions we do building up to and during the World Deaf Volleyball Championship.

24th Summer Deaflympics, Caxias do Sul, Brazil

With a bid already in the bag, the USA Deaf Women's Volleyball team is looking to take gold after walking away from the 23rd Deaflympics in Samsun, Turkey with a bronze medal.

The team's fundraising goal for 2021 is $130,000. The team will be looking for sponsors for the Deaflympics immediately following the World Deaf Volleyball Championships this summer.

Interested in supporting USA Deaf Women's Volleyball Team?

Your donation is tax deductible and 100% will go to cover the team costs to train, compete, and represent the USA. Every person that is a part of the USA Women's Deaf Volleyball team is a volunteer. Your support ensures that the best athletes are able to be a part of the team without financial burden.

Contact Jen Hicks, team Media and Marketing Coordinator, to set up and discuss sponsorship at jenhicks.marketing@gmail.com or via phone at 214-228-2584.

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