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DeBoer is new Willmar volleyball coach

WILLMAR -- Former Central Minnesota Christian School volleyball star Terrin DeBoer has been named the new head coach at Willmar Senior High School.

The former Terrin Post replaces Mary Hanson, who announced her retirement this spring after 20 season as head coach.

DeBoer is a 2003 CMCS graduate. She went on to start three years as a middle hitter at Augustana College. After graduating in 2007, she took over her former high school program for one year. DeBoer played on the 1999 and 2000 championship teams and in four state tournaments in all.

This past season, she was Hanson's varsity assistant, along with Mandi (Illies) Norby, who did not apply but will return as junior varsity coach.

Terrin is married to former Cardinal athlete Tom DeBoer, who teaches math at Litchfield High School. The couple lives in Willmar and has a child, Ellery, born in September.

The new coach is also a businesswoman (her college degree is in business administration and marketing). She purchased Wedding on First in February.

"Some people say I'm crazy to take this on with my own business and a new baby," she said in an interview Tuesday evening. "But I couldn't pass this up. An opportunity to coach at a big school like this may not come along for another 20 years."

Coaching runs in the Post family. Her brother, Lucas, coaches basketball at Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg. Her father, Randy, a Prinsburg farmer, has coached both boys and girls basketball at CMCS.

Terrin DeBoer said she takes a lot from her years playing for Grussing.

"She is an amazing coach," DeBoer commented. "She had a calm sense about her but you knew when she meant business. She taught us to be good players but also how to love volleyball while being very competitive."

DeBoer exercises her competitive nature playing both indoor and sand volleyball.

Part of her coaching philosophy involves flexibility.

"I wasn't a superstar to start but when the older girls graduated, I had to step up," recounted the two-time all-stater. "That's the way I will coach. You may have a different role every year and you have to be ready to do your best."

Activities director Jamie Thompson made the announcement Tuesday morning, also releasing the name of the new football coach (see separate article) at the same time.

"(Terrin) did a great job with our kids in her one year here," said Thompson. "She's very motivated and has tremendous credentials."

Hanson agreed the volleyball program will be in good hands.

"I'm very pleased," said the junior-high teacher. "She's knowledgeable and just out of college with a background you can't replicate. She's enthusiastic and cares about the kids. She wants to build a strong program and is intensely competitive, which is what it takes."

Hanson's teams were usually in the thick of the Central Lakes Conference race and won back-to-back titles in 2004 and '05.

She'll now be able to travel, she said, to watch her daughter, Kelsey, play her final two years at Valley City (N.D.) State.

DeBoer is only the fourth coach since the program gained varsity status in 1974 with Judy Aagesen guiding the new sport.

The late Deb Bahe took over the next year and had the program until 1989 when illness forced her to resign. Hanson, her assistant, took over in 1990.