1998 Louisiana Volleyball Coach of the Year Betsy Becker Ferrer enters her second season as Tulane’s head volleyball coach.
Last season Becker Ferrer doubled the Green Wave’s win total in both regular season and Conference USA play. Under Becker Ferrer’s tutelege Kim Sentmore was the first Tulane volleyball player to receive C-USA Player of the Week honors. Sentmore was also named to the all-conference second team and first team All-Louisiana selection.
Prior to her position at Tulane, Ferrer posted a four-year record of 78-58 as the head coach of the University New Orleans. In 1998 her Privateer club went 20-12 overall, with a second place 10-4 record in the Sun Belt Conference. UNO finished fourth place or higher in the Sun Belt during Becker Ferrer’s four year reign.
The 1997 season proved to be one of the best in school history as the Privateers defeated LSU for the first time in 10 years and posted wins over every other in-state rival they challenged. In 1996, Ferrer led UNO to its first win over a Southeastern Conference opponent (Alabama) since 1987.
Before becoming the head coach of the Privateers, Ferrer spent a year at the University of Denver, where she served as an assistant coach. While in Colorado, Becker Ferrer was also the head coach of Jefferson High School a 5A public school in Edgewater, Colorado. In addition, she was the head coach for a Junior Olympic volleyball team in Boulder, which was ranked both regionally and nationally.
Ferrer, 28, is a 1992 graduate of the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C., where she was a three sport letter winner in volleyball, track, and basketball, and was named to the Dean’s List. She was a three-year captain and MVP of the volleyball team and broke a school and conference track record at the Princeton Relays. While at Catholic she was the runner up for the Catholic Female Athlete of the Year Award. Upon graduation, Ferrer returned home to the Crescent City as an assistant volleyball coach at UNO.
A native New Orleanian, Ferrer graduated from the Academy of the Sacred Heart in 1988. She was named an all-state player in volleyball three years, and was and all-district in volleyball, basketball and track three years.
In 1992, Ferrer received her Bachelor of Arts degree in elementary education from Catholic and in 1997 she received her Masters of Education in adult education from UNO. Ferrer is an active participant in the U.S. Volleyball Association Coaches Accreditation Program. She has also contributed to articles in various volleyball publications and frequently speaks at athletic banquets and fund-raisers. She was also on the NCAA nationally ranking selection committee.
Ferrer is married to Mark Ferrer and they have one son named Christopher Becker Ferrer, born on July 26, 1999. In her free time Becker Ferrer enjoys golf, tennis, spending time with her family and competing in marathons across the nation.
Ferrer enjoyed another personal highlight when the UNO summer volleyball camp recorded its largest turnout in 1997.