Jill DeVries enters her 13th season as the Head Coach of Viking Basketball. The 2010-2011 team was record setting winning 23 games against 9 losses and qualifying for the NAIA National Tournament for the first time in program history. Four of the past five seasons has seen the Vikings have had at least 17 wins and host a first round playoff game in the DAC tournament. The 2011-12 Vikings finished the regular season ranked 19th in the national poll.
As good as the Vikings have been on the court they have been even better off it. The Vikings have moved up the ladder in national recognition for team grade point average. The Vikings were recognized by the National Basketball Coaches Association in 2007-08 (11th), 2008-2009 (5th) and in 2009-2010 the Vikings ranked 2nd in the nation.
Prior to arriving at VCSU, DeVries served as the top assistant and recruiting coordinator at the University of Nebraska-Kearney. In her tenure at UNK the Lopers were 52-8, two-time RMAC champions, advancing to the North Central Region tournament both years.
DeVries' college coaching career started at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay as a graduate assistant under Carol Hammerle. While at UWGB the Fighting Phoenix advanced to the NCAA D-I national tournament for the first time in school history. DeVries was promoted to second assistant in her third season at UWGB.
DeVries played her college ball at North Dakota State University where she was captain of the 1990-91 Bison national championship team. During the 1990-91 season DeVries was selected Women's Sports Federation All-American and All-North Central Conference. She was also honored by being named to the 1991 Final Four all-tourney team. In 2007, DeVries was inducted into the NDSU Athletic Hall of Fame.
A Glyndon, MN native, DeVries was a two-time Class A All State selection while at Glyndon-Felton High School. In her prep career, she earned all-conference honors five times for basketball.
DeVries earned a Bachelor's of Science degree in Physical Education from North Dakota State University (1992), and a Master's of Education also from North Dakota State University (1997). DeVries also is a faculty member in the department of Heath, Physical Education and Recreation at VCSU and is an assistant athletic director.