Carie Dever Boaz Joins Northwest Softball Staff
December 18, 2013By Kevin Maloney of NORTHWEST MISSISSIPPI COMMUNITY COLLEGE
SENATOBIA – Carie Dever Boaz has been hired as Northwest's new assistant softball coach and brings with her over 20 years of experience at the collegiate level as both a player and coach, two years at the professional level and over seven years at the high school level.
Dever Boaz spent the past five seasons as an assistant at Magnolia Heights, helping the Lady Chiefs to five state tournament appearances with two runner-up finishes. She also taught science and established the first ever SADD program at the school.
In 2007, Dever Boaz left the college ranks to coach in the National Pro Fastpitch League for the Washington Glory. She guided the team to a combined 64-28 record in two seasons, winning the World Title in 2007 and finishing as runner-up in 2008. She was named the 2007 National Manager of the Year.
Dever Boaz was the pitching and hitting coach at the University of Virginia from 2005-07, and prior to that, served as the University of Florida's offensive and fielder's coach.
In June of 1995, Dever Boaz was hired as the head coach for Arkansas' inaugural softball season (which was 1997). In eight seasons, Dever Boaz coached the Razorbacks to five SEC Tournament appearances and two NCAA Regional berths. In 1999, the SEC named Dever Boaz Coach of the Year after leading the Razorbacks to a 46-29 record and a runner-up finish in the conference tournament. She coached eight All-SEC players, one All-Region performer and two NCAA Regional All-Tournament players during her tenure.
Prior to spending two seasons on the coaching staff at South Carolina, Dever Boaz began her coaching career in 1990 as the head varsity softball and volleyball coach at Tulare Western High School in Tulare, Calif. While coaching at Tulare Western, Dever Boaz worked toward her teaching credentials by educating students in health and personal fitness.
The success of Dever Boaz's coaching career stems from a prestigious collegiate softball resume compiled at Fresno State University. Before graduating with a bachelor's degree in health science in 1990, she reached the NCAA Women's College World Series championship game in three consecutive seasons. For her athletic excellence during the championships, Dever Boaz was twice selected to the all-tournament team.
While pitching and playing third base for the Bulldogs, Dever Boaz was selected as an NCAA Second Team All-American three times. As a senior, she earned Big West Conference Player of the Year distinction by compiling a 25-6 record with 31 complete games and 155 strikeouts. Presently, Dever Boaz still ranks among the leaders in Fresno State history for various pitching and batting statistical categories. She posted an 84-12 pitching record, tossed 56 shutouts and posted six no-hitters during her four seasons.
Her excellence on the field also carried over into the classroom. Throughout her undergraduate experience, Dever Boaz was distinguished as a two-time Academic All-American and was named Big West Scholar of the Year in 1990. Academics did not only play a monumental role in her collegiate career, but Dever Boaz also continues to stress classroom performance throughout her coaching career.
Dever Boaz was inducted into the Fresno State University Athletic Hall of Fame on Nov. 1, 2012.
Dever Boaz conducts international softball clinics in Holland and Canada for coaches as well as players. She has appeared as a feature speaker and instructor for various well-known clinics throughout the United States. In addition, Dever Boaz authored the book "The Art of Pitching" as well as five instructional softball videos.
Dever is married to Bruce Dever Boaz. They have an 18-year-old son, Max, who is pursuing a rodeo career attending Northwest and a 5-year-old daughter, Macie.