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.