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JillDeVries
Head Coach - 17th Season
Alma Mater: North Dakota State University
 

Jill DeVries is entering her 17th season as head women's basketball coach at Valley City State University.

DeVries ranks first in program history with 259 career wins and is the only coach to lead the Viking women to the NAIA National Tournament. She has posted a 259-249 career record at VCSU entering the 2016-17 season.

DeVries' squads qualified for three straight NAIA National Tournaments in 2011, 2012 and 2013 – the first national tournament appearances in program history. The Vikings have had winning records in each of her last seven seasons and posted a 140-76 record (.648 winning percentage) over that stretch.

In 2015-16, the Vikings went 18-10 overall and 10-3 in the North Star Athletic Association. VCSU's season ended in the semifinals of the NSAA Tournament. Junior guard Georgia Williams was named 1st Team All Conference.

In 2014-15, DeVries guided the Vikings to a 22-9 overall record, an 8-2 conference mark, and a second-place finish in the North Star Athletic Association. The Vikings ended the year receiving votes in the NAIA Top 25 Poll. Sophomore guard Georgia Williams was named Honorable Mention All American, and both Williams and senior guard Sadiqah Jihad were named All Conference.

Devries' 2011 squad won the Dakota Athletic Conference tournament championship and earned the program's first ever appearance at the NAIA National Tournament. Her 2012 and 2013 teams also made the national tournament, and the 2013 team posted a school-record 24 wins. While at VCSU, DeVries has coached 21 All-Conference performers, five Honorable Mention All-Americans, and 36 NAIA Scholar-Athletes.

Besides head women's basketball coach, DeVries also works as assistant athletic director.

DeVries was the 2011 recipient of the DAC Coach of the Year as well as having been nominated by the DAC for the NAIA Coach of Character. The Coach of Character Award is given annually to a coach who demonstrates methods of teaching character through sport and instills a tradition of athletic and community excellence.

Prior to arriving at VCSU, DeVries served as top assistant and recruiting coordinator at the University of Nebraska-Kearney. In her tenure at UNK, the Lopers were 52-8, two-time RMAC champions, and advanced to the North Central Region Tournament both years. Before that, DeVries finished her master's degree at North Dakota State University, where she served as graduate assistant for Amy Ruley during the 1995-96 national championship campaign and the 1996-97 season.

DeVries' college coaching career started at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay as a graduate assistant under Carol Hammerle. While at UWGB, the Fighting Phoenix advanced to the NCAA D-I national tournament for the first time in school history.

DeVries played her college ball at North Dakota State University where she was captain of the 1990-91 Bison national championship team. During the ’90-’91 season, DeVries was selected Women’s Sports Federation All-American and All-North Central Conference. She was also honored by being named to the 1991 Final Four all-tournament team. In 2007, DeVries was inducted into the NDSU Athletic Hall of Fame and in 2011 her 1991 National Championship NDSU women’s basketball team was the first women’s team to be inducted into the NDSU Hall of Champions.

A Glyndon, Minn., native, DeVries was a two-time Class A All State selection while at Glyndon-Felton High School. In her prep career, she earned all-conference honors five times for basketball.

DeVries earned a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Physical Education from North Dakota State University (1992) and a Master’s of Education also from NDSU (1997).

 
2016-17 Women's Basketball Roster
Roster for 2016-17 Women's Basketball Team
#NameCl.Pos.Ht.HometownPrevious School
3Nisja BassSRGuard5-6Lakewood, Calif.El Camino College
10Paige MeyerJRGuard5-3Fairmount, N.D.
12Kennedy HenningsgardJRGuard5-9Buxton, N.D.Lake Region State College
13Lexi LennonJRGuard5-8West Fargo, N.D.
14Annie SwensonFRGuard5-6Fargo, N.D.
15Hannah SchlechtSOGuard5-7Forman, N.D.
20Alli VandalSOForward6-0Rolla, N.D.
21Kaitlin ConnorSOCenter6-1Madison, Minn.
23Sara SchwankeSRGuard5-7Maddock, N.D.Lake Region State College
24Georgia WilliamsSRGuard5-10Townsville, AustraliaCal State - LA
25Rebecca EberleSRForward6-1Leeds, N.D.Lake Region State College
32Mackenzie HuberSOCenter6-0Clark, S.D.
34Morgan TitusSRForward5-8Casselton, N.D.Lake Region State College
42Nya ChakinSOCenter6-3Fargo, N.D.
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