Debbie Ayres begins her third season as an assistant women's basketball coach at Stony Brook in 2005-06.
Ayres arrived at Stony Brook after six years as the head coach of the girls basketball team at the California School for the Deaf. In the summer of 2002, she piloted the U.S. Deaf National Team to a gold medal at the World Games in Athens, Greece.
During her tenure at the California School for the Deaf, her high school team won the Western States Deaf Basketball Championship three times (1998, 2001, 2003) and captured the 2001 Deaf National Championship. Following the 2001 season, Ayres was named the National Coach of the Year.
Prior to her tenure at the California School for the Deaf, Ayres was the head coach at Cal-State Fullerton for five seasons where she recruited and coached Autumn Hollyfield, who led all of Division I in three-point shooting, and Koko Lahanas, who led the nation in scoring.
Before Fullerton, Ayres coached at Solano Community College in Suison City, Calif., from 1990-92 where she started the women's basketball program and led her team to the state junior college tournament in only her second year.
Ayres began her college coaching career at Iowa State as a restricted earnings coach from 1988-89. She then moved on to take a graduate assistantship at the University of Tennessee for one season.
She began coaching as the junior varsity head coach at Vallejo High School from 1982-85 before moving on to take over as head coach of the varsity program from 1985-88. At Vallejo, her team won three consecutive league titles.
Ayres earned her bachelor of arts degree in physical education from California State University at Chico in 1980 and went on to receive her teaching credential in 1981. She later received her master's of science degree in sport management from Tennessee in 1990.