Deb Zellers, a 1992 DePauw University graduate, is in her 24th year as head volleyball coach at her alma mater where her teams have posted a 529-262 record for a .669 winning percentage. Zellers is the program's winningest coach in terms of both victories and winning percentage.
Over the last five seasons she has led the Tigers to a 122-41 record incluidng NCAA Division III postseason appearances three of the last four years. She directed the 1998 and 2000 Tigers to NCAA Division III postseason appearances including 32 victories in 2000.
The 2016 Tigers posted a 25-6 record, finished second in the NCAC regular season and tournament and advanced to the second round of the NCAA Division III Championship with an opening-round win over Carnegie Mellon.
DePauw finished second in the North Coast Athletic Conference Tournament in 2014 and posted a 27-11 overall record, while the 2013 team was thid in the NCAC Tournament and finished with a 26-7 mark. The 2014 squad won its opening-round match in the NCAA Division III Championship for the program's first NCAA tournament victory.
The 2012 team finished with a 25-6 record including a 17-match win streak. DePauw's .806 winning percentage was the program's best since 2001. The Tigers finished second in the NCAC regular season standings and were runners-up in the NCAC tournament.
In 2009 the Tigers were ranked in the Division III coaches’ poll throughout the second half of the season, while the 2008 and 2010 teams finished second in the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference tournament.
In the fall of 1994 Zellers led the Tigers to their first conference volleyball championship as they won three matches to capture the Indiana Collegiate Athletic Conference tournament title.
Zellers also coached softball for seven seasons and remains the school's winningest coach with a 129-102-3 record and a .558 winning percentage. In 1998 she led the softball team to its first conference championship in school history and a school-record 21 wins against just nine losses. The Tigers entered the Indiana Collegiate Athletic Conference tournament seeded third, but won all three games to capture the league title. Zellers earned coach of the year honors in the process. The 1999 team finished second in the SCAC in its first year of play in the league.
Zellers came to DePauw from Oberlin College where she was the school’s head women’s basketball coach during the 1993-94 season and assistant the previous year. She also served as assistant volleyball coach each of her two seasons there.
A Spencer, Indiana, native, Zellers majored in psychology while at DePauw. She was a four-year volleyball starter and a two-year starter in basketball as well as a captain in each sport. Zellers earned all-conference honors in volleyball in 1989 and 1991 and was an all-district selection in 1990. She was the team’s most valuable player in 1991 and the mental attitude award winner in 1990 and 1991. The Tigers earned a trip to the NCAA Division III Championship during her senior year (1991).
In basketball she twice won the mental attitude award and once was the most improved award winner. Zellers earned all-Hoosier Conference for Women honors as a senior.
|Deb Zellers' Career Volleyball Coaching Record|