Jill DeVries
Jill DeVries
Athletic Director

Jill DeVries is in her first year as director of athletics at Valley City State University.

DeVries, who previously coached VCSU's women's basketball program for 17 seasons, is now responsible for the development, administration, vision and leadership of the men's and women's athletic programs at VCSU. DeVries is the first female athletic director in school history. She has worked as an assistant athletic director at VCSU since 2007.

“Jill’s unquestioned dedication to VCSU and prior experience as assistant athletic director are great assets as she steps into her new role,” said VCSU President Tisa Mason. “We’re excited for the stability she will provide, but also the great ideas she has to advance our athletic department and our university. Throughout her 17 years on campus Jill has demonstrated a commitment to the total student-athlete experience and graduating high-quality students. Her teams have consistently achieved high levels of success on the court but have also been among the top academic women’s basketball teams in the nation. Jill’s insistence on student success and achieving the right balance between academics and athletics makes her the right fit for Viking athletics.”

A Glyndon, Minn., native, DeVries is a graduate of North Dakota State University, where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in physical education (1992) and a Master of Education (1997). While at NDSU, DeVries starred on the basketball court and helped lead the team to a national championship in 1991. She was inducted into the NDSU Athletic Hall of Fame in 2007.

DeVries began her coaching career at University of Wisconsin-Green Bay and had stops at NDSU and the University of Nebraska-Kearney before she was hired as Valley City State University’s head women’s coach in 1999. 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.

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.

DeVries and her wife, Holly, live in Valley City.