The winningest coach in the history of UMD volleyball, head coach Jim Boos took over the Bulldog program in 2002 and immediately led the team to the forefront of the NCAA Division II scene. UMD has transformed into a perennial national title contender under Boos, making 13 consecutive trips to the NCAA II National tournament from 2002 to 2014 and making it 15 times in 16 years. The 2017 saw the Bulldogs get back to the NCAA DII Central Region final for the seventh time and also finish the season ranked fourth in the American Volleyball Coaches Association national poll.
Boos wasted little time making his mark on the program, moving his inaugural UMD team into the national rankings after just two weeks. The Bulldogs have been there to stay -- literally. UMD has ranked in every AVCA national poll since 2002. The Bulldogs secured their first-ever No. 1 ranking in school history a month after cracking the national top 25 under Boos on Oct. 15, 2002, just two months into his tenure. Since, UMD has earned the top ranking on 15 different occasions, holding the top spot for four straight weeks in 2015.
The Bulldogs would finish 29-3 in Boos’ first go-around, romping to an 18-0 mark against Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference competition as Boos laid claim to the first of his seven conference championships to date. At the end of his debut season behind the Bulldog bench, Boos was recognized by his colleagues as the 2002 NSIC Coach of the Year. He'd repeat that feat in 2011 and again in 2014, when UMD went 20-0 in their tough NSIC schedule defeating 11 ranked teams on the way to a program-best winning percentage with a 33-2 overall record.
Winning has become a tradition under Boos, who surpassed his predecessor, Pati Rolf, for most career coaching victories at UMD in 2013 when his Bulldogs defeated Minnesota State Mankato on Sept. 28, his 311th career win. He achieved his 400th career coaching victory in the 2016 season and he sits well over 300 games over .500 with a 438-82 overall record.
Boos made UMD history in 2004 when the Bulldogs earned their inaugural trip to the NCAA II Elite Eight. UMD would advance as far as the national semifinals before falling to eventual champion Barry University in Miami Shores, Florida. Boos was named the 2004 AVCA National Coach of the Year on the heels of a 27-5 record and deep playoff run. Two years later, the Bulldogs made a similar postseason push, again bowing out to an eventual champion (this time the University of Tampa) in the Elite Eight semifinals.
UMD has been able to rely on consistently sound recruiting and talent development since Boos took charge. As a result, his players have reaped the benefits on an individual level. So far, Boos has produced two National Players of the Year in Vicky Braegelmann (’07) and Kate Lange (’13) and shelled out 24 AVCA All-Americans including six during the 2014 season. Additionally, Boos has produced players who rewrite the Bulldog record book, establishing new career leaders in kills (including the top three), hitting percentage (top three), assists (top two), total blocks, and defensive digs.
Boos officially signed on at UMD July 24, 2002, becoming the school’s fourth head volleyball coach since 1976. He succeeded Pati Rolf (1988-2001), who resigned as head coach May 10, 2002 to take over at Division I Marquette University in the same capacity. A native of Delafield, Wis., Boos earned his Bachelor’s degree in biology from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh in 1994 and obtained a Master’s degree in educational leadership from that same institution five years later. Boos served as an assistant coach for the Titans from 1992-98, helping guide them to four NCAA Division III national tournaments, including a runner-up finish in 1994. While Boos was a member of the coaching staff, Wisconsin-Oshkosh won two Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference crowns and produced three NCAA III All-Americans, one of whom was named National Player of the Year in 1996. Three years prior to taking over at UMD, Boos was an assistant coach at North Dakota State University, where he helped the Bison to their seventh straight NCAA Division II Tournament in 2001. In his three years at NDSU, the Bison compiled an overall record of 80-21 and captured two NCC titles.