A seasoned Division I player and coach, Deborah Matejka-DesLauriers has brought a winning and competitive attitude to the Stony Brook program since becoming the head coach in 2000. During that time, she has taken the Seawolves to the four-team America East Championships six times, including three trips to the title match.
Last season, Matejka-DesLauriers led the Seawolves to the America East semifinals, where they took eventual champion Albany to five sets. Senior Ashley Headen and junior Alicia Nelson each earned All-America East first team honors and freshman Evann Slaughter became the first player in program history to earn the America East Rookie of the Year award.
During her tenure at Stony Brook, Matejka-DesLauriers' players have received numerous accolades. She has coached a Division I honorable mention All-America player, an All-Northeast Region player, an Academic All-District I player, 16 America East All-Conference selections, five America East All-Rookie team members and six America East All-Tournament team members.
Matejka-Deslauriers also has a former player who is currently playing professionally in Europe. In 2008, Matejka-DesLauriers guided Gulce Nazli Dikecligil to becoming the NCAA Division I statistical leader in aces per set with a 0.66 average.
Her most successful America East campaign came in 2007 when the Seawolves finished the regular season with a record of 11-1, which included an 11-match winning streak. Her team set Division I program records in overall (24) and conference (11) wins, assists per set (14.60) and kills per set (15.8). The Seawolves also earned some national recognition in 2007, ranking 11th in aces per set (2.22). For her efforts, Matejka-DesLauriers was named the America East Coach of the Year.
Mirroring her teams' successes on the court, Matejka-DesLauriers has led her teams to numerous academic accomplishments as well, including Rachel Goldsmith who was named an America East Scholar-Athlete in 2003.
Prior to joining the Stony Brook program, Matejka-DesLauriers was the head coach at Providence College in 1994 and 1995, leading the Friars to a 37-27 record and coaching two players to All-Big East recognition. She led Providence to a 21-11 mark and a fourth place finish at the Big East Tournament in her first season at the helm.
As an assistant coach at Syracuse University from 1991-94, Matejka-DesLauriers helped guide the Orange to a 21-11 record and a second place finish at the Big East Tournament in 1991 and a third place finish in 1992.
Matjeka-DesLauriers has also made a name for herself in the club volleyball scene, having coached for more than 15 years. In the summer of 2000, she guided the Long Island Open team to the gold medal at the Empire State Games.
Her squad claimed fourth place in 2001 and brought home the bronze medal in 2002. She's currently at the helm of the Long Island Volleyball Academy, which is based out of Stony Brook.
Immediately before coming to Stony Brook, Matejka-DesLauriers served as the Marketing Coordinator for Choice FX of New York. She also spent time as the Assistant Director of Operations at the ESPN Summer and Winter X Games, coordinating the design and layout of the games.
Matejka-DesLauriers enjoyed a tremendous playing career at Providence College from 1987-91, earning All-Big East honors in each of her four years as a Friar. She was named the Big East Rookie of the Year in 1987 after leading the Friars to the Big East regular season championship and was a four-time Big East All-Tournament team selection.
In addition, Matejka-DesLauriers earned Regional All-America honors in 1990 and 1991. She was a two-year captain for the Friars and won the team's Unsung Hero Award as a senior. She was put in an elite class of college athletes at the end of her junior season as she was nominated as a Big East Player of the Decade, joining nominees Chris Mullin and Patrick Ewing, among others.
She went on to earn a bachelor's degree in illustration and design from Providence in 1991. In 2009, Matejka-DesLauriers was recognized for her accomplishments as a Friar when she was inducted into the Providence College Athletic Hall of Fame.
Matejka-DesLauriers resides in Eastport with her husband, Kevin, their daughters, Brittany and Madyson, and sons, Jake and Ayden.