Six-Time Southland Conference Coach of the Year
(1992, 1994, 2004, 2006, 2014, 2017)
Nine Southland Conference Regular Season Championships
(1994-96, 2004-07, 2014, 2017)
Four NCAA Tournament Appearances
(1994, 1997, 1999, 2006)
One of the architects of Stephen F. Austin’s championship culture, Debbie Humphreys has gained a reputation as of one of the nation’s top NCAA Division I volleyball coaches through her 30 seasons in charge of the Ladyjacks. In that time, she has compiled a highly impressive record of 662-336, making her one of only 15 active NCAA Division I coaches with 650 or more wins.
Not only are her 662 coaching wins the 14th-most among active NCAA Division I coaches, many of them have helped SFA collect nine Southland Conference regular season titles - the most among all current Southland Conference programs and the second-highest total by a single team in the history of the league. All told, Humphreys owns an impressive .663 winning percentage in her 30-year SFA career, including a .746 mark in Southland Conference play.
Following two seasons without a league title, Humphreys and her staff led the Ladyjacks back to the top of the Southland Conference in 2017. With a record of 14-2 in Southland play, SFA clinched its ninth regular season title and wrapped the season with a final record of 26-6. Those 26 wins represented the most by the Ladyjacks in a single season since 2007 and for her efforts Humphreys collected her sixth Katrinka Jo Crawford Southland Conference Coach of the Year award. Four Ladyjacks collected All-Southland Conference honors while sophomore Ann Hollas earned CoSIDA Academic All-Region and All-America honors for her work on the court and in the classroom.
Humphreys and her staff pushed the Ladyjacks to another top-tier finish in league play by the time the 2016 campaign was in the books. The Ladyjacks posted a 12-4 record in Southland Conference play and finished second in the 13-team league. For the first time in over a decade, one of Humphreys' student-athletes was named the Southland Conference Freshman of the Year as setter Ann Hollas took home that honor at the conclusion of the regular season.
Humphreys led her team to one of the best seasons in program history in 2014 as SFA won its eighth Southland Conference Championship with a perfect 16-0 record. The Ladyjacks rolled through the conference slate with 13 sweeps in 16 matches and posted the first undefeated league mark and first outright SLC title for SFA since 2006. Humphreys' squad won 17 straight matches to end the regular season -- the fifth-longest winning streak in the nation over the stretch.
The Ladyjacks raked in numerous honors and accolades following the season as five SFA athletes were named to the All-Southland Conference teams, including Paige Holland as the SLC Setter of the Year. For the fifth-time in her decorated career, Humphreys was named the Katrinka Jo Crawford SLC Coach of the Year at the conclusion of the season. She has claimed the league's top coaching honor more than any other active coach.
SFA has been exceptional in Southland Conference play in Humphreys' tenure. Humphreys led the Ladyjacks to a new Southland Conference record from the 2004-2007 seasons as the Ladyjacks racked up 62 consecutive SLC wins over those four years, eclipsing the old record of 58 that was set by UT-Arlington in the early 1990s.
Her Ladyjacks made school history in 2006, posting a 31-4 record that ranks second all-time at SFA behind only the Ladyjacks' 32-4 mark in 1994. Incidentally, the `94 campaign marked SFA's first trip to the NCAA Tournament. The Ladyjacks again reached volleyball's big dance in 2006 and did something no other SFA team had ever done -- win a first-round match.
The Ladyjacks knocked off Alabama, 3-2, to record the first NCAA Tournament victory in program history, putting an exclamation point on a season for the ages. The 2006 slate included a second straight undefeated SLC run, as the Ladyjacks went 16-0 against league competition on their way to a third straight conference championship. The team surpassed 2005's 21-match win streak with a 26-match run in 2006, and one year later in 2007 brought home its fourth straight title with a 15-1 record in league play.
The Ladyjacks have continued their winning ways once they reach the postseason. SFA has compiled a 28-25 (.528) all-time Southland Conference Tournament record, making 12 appearances in the conference championship match. SFA ranks first in both tournament wins (28) and championship appearances (12) among active league members.
Humphreys' squads have recorded three 30-win seasons (1994, 1995, 2006), been to the NCAA Tournament four times (1994, 1997, 1999, 2006) and to the NIVC tournament on three occasions (1993, 1995, 2017). The Ladyjacks have won nine Southland Conference regular-season and four tournament titles during that same stretch. The Southland has recognized Humphreys for her accomplishments on six separate occasions, naming her the Katrinka Jo Crawford Coach of the Year in 1992, 1994, 2004, 2006, 2014 and 2017.
Humphreys has produced some of the league's top talent in her 25-plus seasons. During that time she has coached 79 All-Southland Conference selections, six SLC Player of the Year honorees, six SLC Freshman of the Year picks, three Setter of the Year choices and each of the first four SLC Libero of the Year awards that the conference began in 2004.
The Ladyjacks are not just recognized for their achievements on the court. The SFA volleyball team has also been recognized nationally for its academic performance, with six players being named to Academic All-America teams, including 2017 selection Ann Hollas. The Ladyjacks were also honored with the prestigious AVCA National Team Academic Award for six straight seasons. The AVCA Team Academic Award is an honor given to volleyball programs at the collegiate and high school level that maintain a 3.30 cumulative grade-point average. The 2002 Ladyjack squad was one of only seven to receive the honor in four consecutive seasons.
A native of Rochester, Illinois, Humphreys received her bachelor's degree in physical education from Texas Tech in 1986 and her master's degree in exercise physiology in 1988. Humphreys was a three-year letterwinner for the Lady Raider volleyball team, where she earned All-Southwest Conference honors and was named team MVP as a senior. Also a stellar student-athlete, Humphreys was a finalist for academic All-America honors.
Humphreys is a member of the American Volleyball Coaches Association, has served a term as the SLC representative on the AVCA Head Coaches Committee and is currently representing the SLC on the AVCA All-Region Awards Committee. At the 1998-99 Ladyjacks Awards Banquet, Humphreys was named to the SFA Hall of Honor for her accomplishments at SFA.
Humphreys and her husband, Richard, have two children: Regan and Will.