Head Coach Deanne Scanlon
Deanne Scanlon will begin her 24th season as the head coach of the Grand Valley State volleyball team in the 2018 campaign. Just the second coach in GVSU history, she has led the Lakers through the past 23 seasons, posting a career record of 577-191 (.751). Scanlon has guided Grand Valley State teams to a terrific 325-87 (.789) GLIAC record. She has led the Lakers to 23 straight winning seasons, 17 years of at least 20 wins, and seven seasons with 30 or more victories.
Under Scanlon's direction, GVSU has reached national prominence, as well as being arguably the top team in the Midwest Region throughout her tenure. Her crowning achievement was leading the Lakers to the 2005 Division II National Championship, which was the first national title won by a GVSU women's athletic program. She was named the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) National Coach of the Year that same season.
Grand Valley State has won the Great Lakes or Midwest Regional championship nine times since 2000 and made nine trips to the NCAA Elite Eight. From there, the Lakers have advanced to the NCAA Final Four on six occasions, including the 2005 National Championship. GVSU has also captured 11 GLIAC North Division titles since 2000 and won the GLIAC Tournament title six times.
In her 23 years at Grand Valley State, Scanlon has guided 17 All-Americans (for a total of 30 All-America honors), including five Verizon Academic All-Americans, and 64 All-Midwest/Great Lakes Region Region honorees, 38 of which came from the AVCA and another 26 from the Division II Conference Commissioner's Association (D2CCA, formerly Daktronics, Inc.).
In terms of league honors, Scanlon has coached 87 All-GLIAC selections, 40 First Team All-GLIAC choices, five GLIAC Player of the Year honorees, four GLIAC Libero of the Year winners, three GLIAC Freshman of the Year selections, and one GLIAC Setter of the Year (awarded for the first time in 2014). The Lakers have also had 121 GLIAC All-Academic honorees since Scanlon's first year at the helm of the program in 1995.
Scanlon has been named the Midwest/Great Lakes Region Coach of the Year five times (2000, 2001, 2002, 2005, 2007) and the GLIAC Coach of the Year in four seasons (2001, 2005, 2008, 2013).
The Lakers compiled a 16-12 overall record and an 11-5 mark in conference play during the 2017 campaign, taking home the GLIAC South Division Title in the process. GVSU also made their 21st consecutive GLIAC Tournament appearance – dating back to 1997 – while also tallying its 28th consecutive winning season, 23 of which have come under Scanlon. The Lakers also tied the record they set last season with 10 GLIAC All-Academic members, marking the first time in program history they have had back-to-back seasons with 10+ Laker honorees.
Grand Valley State went 15-14 in the 2016 campaign, clinching its 27th consecutive winning season and 22nd straight year during Scanlon's tenure. The Lakers advanced to the GLIAC Tournament for the 20th consecutive season, earning a postseason berth in every conference tournament since 1997.
In the Lakers' final victory of the 2015 season - a 3-1 home victory over Ashland in the GLIAC Tournament quarterfinals on Nov. 18 - Scanlon became the winningest coach in Grand Valley State volleyball history. The win gave Scanlon the 546th triumph of her career, passing Laker Hall of Famer Joan Boand and her long-standing record of 545 all-time wins.
GVSU finished 2015 with a 20-12 overall record and the 17th NCAA Tournament appearance in school history. It was the 33rd time that Grand Valley State won at least 20 matches in a season and the 17th such campaign during Scanlon's tenure. The Lakers went 13-5 in GLIAC play in 2015, advanced to the GLIAC Tournament semifinals, and notched an 11-3 record on their home floor in Allendale.
Scanlon also won her 300th career GLIAC contest with a 3-0 home victory over Hillsdale on Oct. 23. After the season, middle hitter Staci Brower was named the 2015 GLIAC Freshman of the Year, the fifth Laker rookie to earn the award and the third during Scanlon's tenure at GVSU.
In 2014, Scanlon and the Lakers advanced to the NCAA Final Four for the sixth time in program history. Grand Valley State finished the year with a 27-6 record and advanced to the GLIAC Tournament championship match. After falling in the title contest, the Lakers rolled through the Midwest Region Tournament, which was hosted in Allendale. GVSU swept Missouri-St. Louis, rival Ferris State, and Rockhurst to win the regional championship, as the Lakers were the only team in Division II to not drop a set during regional play.
Grand Valley State also swept Wingate at the NCAA Elite Eight in Louisville, Ky. before falling to national runner-up Southwest Minnesota State in the national semifinals. The Lakers were 17-1 in conference play for the second straight season and posted a 14-1 record inside the Fieldhouse Arena in Allendale.
The team's first win of the 2014 season was a historic one for Scanlon. With a 3-0 victory over Minnesota State Moorhead at the Oredigger Classic in Golden, Colo., Scanlon recorded her 500th career victory. She became the 17th active Division II coach to reach the 500-win plateau and did so with the sixth-highest winning percentage of that group.
Also in 2014, the Lakers captured three of the top GLIAC awards. Senior Kaitlyn Wolters was named the 2014 GLIAC Player of the Year (becoming just the sixth Laker to do so) and won the first-ever GLIAC Setter of the Year award. Her senior teammate, Christina Canepa, was named the GLIAC Libero of the Year, just the second Laker to ever garner the honor - and the first since Allyson Riley in 2007.
The 2013 season was another terrific year for GVSU, as the team finished with a 31-4 record and captured both the GLIAC regular season and tournament championships. Grand Valley State defeated Ashland in a five-set thriller for the GLIAC Tournament title, winning the last two sets, including a 19-17 score in the fifth set. The Lakers hosted the Midwest Region Tournament - the 14th NCAA postseason appearance in program history and 13th under Scanlon - and advanced to the regional championship match.
After the season, Scanlon was named the GLIAC Coach of the Year for the fourth time. The Lakers also had the GLIAC Player of the Year in junior outside hitter Abby Aiken, the first GVSU player to win the award since 2008. From Oct. 4 to Dec. 6, Grand Valley State won 21 consecutive matches, one win shy of the school record. The Lakers were also 6-2 against top-25 opponents in 2013.
In 2012, GVSU returned to the NCAA Tournament for the 13th time in school history and made its 12th postseason appearance with Scanlon at the helm. The Lakers fell to Hillsdale in the regional quarterfinals, but finished the season with a 25-8 overall record and a 13-5 mark in conference play. Grand Valley State advanced to the GLIAC Tournament championship match, finishing as tournament runner-up to Northwood. On Oct. 5, 2012, GVSU became the seventh Division II program in history to win 1,000 career matches after a 3-0 win in Allendale over visiting Lake Erie.
Grand Valley State went 14-13 in 2011 for its 17th consecutive winning season under Scanlon and the program's 19th straight winning season. GVSU was 11-8 in GLIAC play before falling in the opening round of the GLIAC Tournament to Saginaw Valley State.
The Lakers advanced to the NCAA Elite Eight in 2010 after winning their eighth Midwest Regional championship with a 3-2 win over Indianapolis. GVSU fell in the Elite Eight to Tampa, the eventual national runner-up, closing out a terrific 26-7 season. The Lakers finished 2010 with a 17-2 record in GLIAC play and won the North Division title for the third time in the last four seasons.
GVSU put together a 17-match winning streak from Sept. 26 to Nov. 13. Grand Valley State defeated six nationally-ranked teams in 2010, including a stunning 3-0 upset over #1 Concordia-St. Paul on Sept. 3 in GVSU's season opener. The three-time defending Division II National Champions, Concordia-St. Paul had won 75 straight matches, which was a Division II all-time record.
GVSU finished the 2009 campaign with a 16-13 overall record, posting an 11-5 mark in GLIAC play. The Lakers advanced to the NCAA Tournament for the 10th straight season, falling in the Midwest Region quarterfinals. In a 3-0 victory over Missouri-St. Louis on Oct. 17, Scanlon recorded her 400th career victory, giving her an average of nearly 27 wins per season during her career.
The Lakers tallied a 33-4 overall record with a 15-1 GLIAC mark in 2008, falling to eventual national champion, Concordia-St. Paul, in the NCAA Final Four. It was Grand Valley State's fifth trip in program history to the national semifinals, all of which have come since 2001. GVSU has totaled back-to-back years of more than 30 victories twice (2002-03 and 2007-08). In addition to winning the GLIAC North Division championship for the fifth straight year, Grand Valley State also captured the GLIAC Tournament and NCAA Midwest Regional Tournament Championships.
Grand Valley State tied the 2001 school record for consecutive victories in 2008, rattling off 22 straight wins from Sept. 5 to Nov. 1. The Lakers also extended the team record for consecutive home wins, as GVSU totaled 37 straight victories at Fieldhouse Arena from Oct. 7, 2006 (against Hillsdale) to Sept. 12, 2009 (against Wayne State).
In 2007, Grand Valley State lived up to lofty standards and continued its recent dominance, posting a 33-4 overall record and going 17-1 in the GLIAC for the second straight year. The Lakers won the GLIAC and Great Lakes Regional tournaments, which were both hosted at GVSU.
The Lakers won the final three games over second-seed Lewis to advance to the NCAA Elite Eight for the sixth time in eight seasons. The victory gave Grand Valley State 33 wins for the year, the highest single-season total since 1986 and the most ever under Scanlon.
GVSU won its first game at the Elite Eight against West Texas A&M before dropping the next two games. The Lakers rallied to win game four before falling in a heartbreaking finish in game five, 22-20. Following the season, Scanlon was awarded her fifth Great Lakes Region Coach of the Year award.
In 2006, Scanlon helped the Lakers clinch their seventh straight Great Lakes Region Tournament berth. She guided Grand Valley State to a 27-4 overall record and a 17-1 league mark. GVSU defeated Lewis 3-1 in the quarterfinal match, but dropped a 3-2 decision to SIU-Edwardsville to end the Lakers' hopes for defending their National Championship.
Scanlon led the Lakers to the programs' first-ever NCAA Division II National Championship in 2005, as they defeated Nebraska-Kearney, 3-1 (30-18, 30-27, 25-30, 30-24), in the championship match. It marked the fifth time in six years GVSU made a trip to the NCAA Division II National Championships.
The Lakers won the title at the host institution, Nebraska-Kearney, in front of the largest crowd in Division II history with 5,025 fans. Going into the match, the Lopers were the top-ranked team in the country and had won 66 consecutive home matches. The championship marked the first for a women's sport at Grand Valley State.
Scanlon guided GVSU to a 32-6 overall record and a 15-3 league mark during the 2005 season. After the year, she was named the 2005 AVCA National Coach of the Year for the first time in her career. The 32 wins tied the most-ever by a Scanlon squad at the time. En route to the National Championship, Grand Valley State won both the GLIAC Tournament and Great Lakes Region Championships.
2004 saw Scanlon lead Grand Valley State to a 27-7 overall record and a 16-2 GLIAC tally. GVSU earned the #1 seed in the North Division of the GLIAC Tournament, but fell to Ferris State in the championship match. Grand Valley State advanced to the Great Lakes Region Tournament for the fifth consecutive season, earning the right to host the tournament. The Lakers advanced to the semifinal match, but fell, 3-1, to Northern Michigan.
During the 2003 season, Scanlon guided the Lakers to a 30-8 overall record with a 16-2 conference mark. GVSU won its fourth consecutive Great Lakes Regional Championship, earning their fourth straight trip to the NCAA Elite Eight. The Lakers advanced to the Final Four for the third year in a row before falling, 3-1, to eventual national champion North Alabama.
In 2002, she led the Lakers to a 32-3 record and a 17-1 mark in the GLIAC. The Lakers won their second league title in three years. Following the 2002 season, Scanlon received the Great Lakes Regional Coach of the Year award, the third straight season she had received the honor.
Scanlon took GVSU to its first-ever appearance in the NCAA Division II National Semifinals in 2001. She also led the 2001 squad to a school-record 22 consecutive victories and a 17-1 GLIAC record, tops in the conference.
That performance earned Scanlon Great Lakes Region Coach of the Year plaudits for the second consecutive season and GLIAC Coach the Year honors for the first time in her career.
The 2000 campaign resulted in a 31-4 overall record and a GLIAC Championship, the first under Scanlon. 2000 also marked the school's first-ever NCAA Elite Eight appearance and Scanlon earned Great Lakes Region Coach of the Year honors for the first time in her coaching career.
Scanlon led GVSU to a 27-7 overall record and a 15-4 mark in the GLIAC for the 1999 campaign. In 1998, the Lakers finished 24-12 overall and posted a 15-4 conference mark.
Prior to her arrival at Grand Valley State, Scanlon was an assistant coach at Western Michigan University. In addition to her coaching duties at WMU, Scanlon was head coach of the Kalamazoo Junior Volleyball Association. Prior to Western Michigan, she was an assistant at Wayne State (1984-87) and Concordia College (1992-94).
In college, Scanlon was a four-year starter at Eastern Kentucky University. She earned All-America status and was chosen Female Athlete of the Year in 1983. Scanlon graduated in 1983 with a bachelor's degree in Physical and Health Education.
After graduating from Eastern Kentucky, she played on the U.S. Women's National Team for coaches Arie Sellinger and John Corbell. She also spent a full decade as a player in the United States Volleyball Association, twice earning All-America honors. Scanlon also played on a Women's Senior Division team that was national runner-up in 1993.
Scanlon was born in Zanesville, Ohio and played volleyball, basketball, and ran track at West Muskingum High School. After her decorated high school career, she was inducted into West Muskingum's Athletic Hall of Fame.
Her coaching career began at the high school level, as the head coach at Saline High School for two seasons before joining the Western Michigan staff. Scanlon posted an overall record of 61-14-11 as a high school coach. While at Saline, she also coached an AAU team of top 18-year olds.
In 2002, Scanlon also coached a 16-year old USVA team to a state championship and a fourth-place finish at the national tournament.
Deanne and her husband, Jim, reside in Jenison, and have two children, Meghan (30) and Jack (28).