2012 SOFTBALL INDUCTEE
Dever-Boaz, a three-sport standout from Woodlake High School and Cal-Hi Sports Small School Athlete of the Year; was Margie Wright’s first softball recruit at Fresno State. Choosing the Bulldogs over UCLA, Dever-Boaz would post an 84-12 pitching record, toss 58 shutouts and post six no-hitters. During those four seasons, the Bulldogs reached the NCAA Women’s College World Series every year, finishing second three times and fifth once.
Dever-Boaz was honored three times as a second-team All-American (1988, ’89, ’90). She was a two-time Academic All-American and the university’s female Big West Scholar Athlete of the Year in 1990. In addition, the pitcher/third baseman was named All-College World Series twice, made the all-regional team three times, and was a first-team all-conference choice four times.
Winning and Dever-Boaz went hand-in-hand, as she was a vital cog in championship teams in softball, volleyball and basketball at Woodlake. In 1985, the Tigers won the state Division III basketball championship with Dever-Boaz contributing as a high-scoring guard.
During her prep softball career, she hit .614, stole 86 bases, and struck out just twice. In the circle, she was 35-4, with 15 no-hitters and 2 perfect games. In volleyball, she was the first female Woodlake athlete to have her number retired as she helped the Tigers to a 92-4 record and four league titles.
Dever-Boaz because the pitching coach and recruiting coordinator at South Carolina. Then it was on to Arkansas, where as a head coach she led the Razorbacks to two NCAA Tournaments and six Southeastern Conference tournaments. She was the SEC Coach of the Year in 1999.
She was also an assistant coach at Florida and Virginia, and manager of the Washington Glory, which won the National Pro Fastpitch championship in 2007. Dever-Boaz wrote “The Art of Pitching” and produces softball training videos. She is an international instructor in Holland, Canada, Italy and Australia.