Jodi DeBoer hopes to turn
around the women’s softball program at Southeast Community College and produce
a top-notch team.
“I want them to look toward a
winning season and eventually be a contender in our district and nationally,”
said DeBoer, recently hired to coach SCC’s program.
The North Platte native has
an extensive background in softball. She played both softball and basketball at
Doane College and, as head coach at Beatrice High School, guided the Lady
Orange to Class B state runner-up finishes in 2002 and 2004 and the Class B
State Championship in 2003. She is currently a board member of the Nebraska
Elite club softball organization and coaches the 13-and-under team.
DeBoer still wants to assess
the team’s strengths and weaknesses. Last year the Storm went 15-37 under
former fifth-year coach Bob Ginsburg. She plans to add strength, conditioning,
agility, and speed to their regular practices. She looks forward to the
challenge of building the program.
“As a coach I have high
expectations,” she said. “I’ve always been fortunate to be successful in this
game, both as a player and as a coach. I have great passion for the game of
softball. There is something special about being between the white lines and
competing with your teammates and coaches.”
She also has high
expectations of the players inside the classroom as well.
“I am hoping for the student
athletes to represent us well in the classroom, too,” she added. “It’s
important they can achieve both. No goal is out of reach for this program.”
DeBoer lives in Beatrice with
her husband, Jay, and their six children. She starts her coaching duties
immediately. The first tournament is Sept. 15-16 in Concordia, Kansas.