After conducting a nationwide search for an offensive and fielders coach, Karen Johns turned to a familiar face in former South Carolina colleague Carie Dever-Boaz. From 1993-1995 both Johns and Dever-Boaz served as assistant coaches under Joyce Compton at South Carolina. During her tenure with the Gamecocks, Dever-Boaz worked as the pitching and infield coach, calling pitches, coordinating infield workouts, coaching first base and recruiting national caliber players to Columbia. Due to her proven track record, Dever-Boaz was hired as the head coach for Arkansas' inaugural softball season. With over 18 years of experience at the collegiate softball level, both as a player and coach, Dever-Boaz brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to Gainesville. Coach Johns will reunite with her former colleague in order to combine two of the most highly respected fast pitch softball minds in the conference.
While serving as the leader of Arkansas' softball program, Dever-Boaz's teams compiled five Southeastern Conference Tournament appearances and two NCAA Regional berths. During the 1999 season, the SEC recognized Dever-Boaz as the Coach of the Year after directing the Razorbacks to a 46-29 record and runner-up finish in the conference tournament. While occupying the head coaching position, she coached eight All-SEC players, one all-region member and two all-regional tournament players. After only eight seasons at the helm, Dever-Boaz turned a newly established program into a premier SEC opponent.
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, she reached the College World Series championship game in three consecutive seasons. For her athletic excellence during the championships, Dever-Boaz was elected to the all-tournament team on two separate occasions. While playing pitcher and third base for the Bulldogs, Dever-Boaz was selected to the All-America team three times. As a senior, she earned Big West Conference Player of the Year distinction by compiling a 25-6 record in the pitching rotation 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. 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 began her coaching career at Tulare Western High School in Tulare, Calif. As the head varsity softball and volleyball coach, she worked toward her teaching credentials by educating students in field of health and personal fitness.
In her spare time, 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 in the United States. Recently, Dever-Boaz has authored "The Art of Pitching" book and five instructional softball videos.
Due to her experience and maturity, Dever-Boaz will be depended upon to guide a very young and talented Florida softball club. She will work primarily with Florida's outfielders and all aspects of offense.
Dever is married to Bruce Boaz. They have a son, Max, 8.
Dever-Boaz at a Glance
1990-present Clinic Instructor, Holland and Canada
1995-2004 Head Softball Coach, Arkansas
1993-1995 Assistant Softball Coach, South Carolina
1990-1992 Head Softball and Volleyball Coach, Tulare Western High School, Tulare, California
1986-1990 Pitcher, third base, Fresno State
Fresno State University, Fresno, California, Bachelors of Science in Health Science, 1990.