Jill DeVries is in her 18th season as head women's basketball coach at Valley City State University.

DeVries is the only coach to lead the Viking women to the NAIA National Tournament, guiding them there four times in the past seven seasons. She is the all-time winningest coach in VCSU women's basketball history with a career record of 283-258.

The 2016-17 season saw the Vikings return to the NAIA National Tournament after a three-year hiatus. Despite battling numerous injuries throughout the season, the Vikings tied a school record for wins as they posted a 24-9 overall record. VCSU finished third in the NSAA standings and advanced to the NSAA Tournament championship game. The Vikings received an at-large bid to the national tournament where they lost to Southeastern University, the nation's only undefeated team. Junior Lexi Lennon was named 1st Team All Conference and Honorable Mention All American. Senior guard Georgia Williams was named 2nd Team All Conference.

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 eight seasons and have posted a 164-85 record (.659 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 23 All-Conference performers, six Honorable Mention All-Americans, and 40 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).

Jill and her spouse Holly were married in 2017 and currently reside in Valley City.

 
2017-18 Women's Basketball Roster
Roster for 2017-18 Women's Basketball Team
#NameCl.Pos.Ht.HometownPrevious School
5Zoie BreckheimerFRGuard5-4Luverne, N.D.
10Paige MeyerSRGuard5-3Fairmount, N.D.
12Kennedy HenningsgardSRGuard5-9Buxton, N.D.Lake Region State College
13Lexi LennonSRGuard5-8West Fargo, N.D.
14Annie SwensonSOGuard5-6Fargo, N.D.
15Hannah SchlechtJRGuard5-7Forman, N.D.
20Alli VandalJRForward6-0Rolla, N.D.
21Kaitlin ConnorJRCenter6-1Madison, Minn.
23Gabby MartinFRGuard5-4Pillager, Minn.
25Kate WilliamsJRGuard5-4Fremantle, Western AustraliaNDSCS
31Allison BartholomayFRForward5-8Enderlin, N.D.
32Mackenzie HuberSOCenter6-0Clark, S.D.
34Olivia KlamanSOGuard5-8Williamstown, AustraliaSoutheastern Illinois College
42Maddie FenskeFRForward6-0Cottonwood, Minn.
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