OFA/SMA Hall OF Fame: Lisa Boyer Reaches Heighths Of College Basketball Coaching
BY DAVE SHEA
Next to the Declaration of Independence and the Emancipation Proclamation, the TItle IX Legislation in 1973 is the most significant document issued in the history of the United States in terms of personal freedom.
It signaled a wave of equal treatment for women in all facets of life and opened the door for the rise of women's athletic programs to high schools and colleges across the nation. That first wave of female athletes not only changed sports but changed the world from the gyms to the boardrooms, operating rooms and the top wrung of all professional ladders.
Lisa Boyer was a natural leader of the first vanguard of female athletes at Ogdensburg Free Academy and competed with distinction in basketball, volleyball, soccer and basketball. In basketball she went to a professional career which makes her a candidate for the College Basketball Hall of Fame.
On Sept. 27 she was inducted into the Ogdensburg Free Academy-St. Mary's Academy Hall of Fame as an individual athlete and member of the 1974 and 1975 Girls Basketball teams. She and teammates Becky Skelly (1974 Class) and Marilyn "Mae" Ferguson (1975 Class) were inducted as individual athletes and the 1974 and75 basketball teams were also inducted.
In basketball as a junior Lisa Boyer was the leading rebounder. In her senior year se co-captained the first undefeated Girls Varsity Basketball Team in the Northern Conference and was the high scorer and Co-MVP.
During her senior year she was co-captain and high scorer in soccer and she also played volleyball and was co-captain in her senior year. She also played varsity soccer for two years.
After graduating in 1975 she pursued her education and a career in athletics and coaching at Ithaca College where she played four years of varsity basketball. She was inducted into the IC Athletic Hall of Fame in 2014.
Her career in basketball coaching is impressive featuring: Assistant Coach of the WBA Cleveland Rockers 1998-2002, the first women to serve as the staff of NBA team, Bradley University Head Coach 1986-1996, Head Coach Richmond/Philadelphia Rage of the American Basketball League 1996-97, Top Assistant Coach Temple University 2002-2008 to Dawn Staley and Associate Head Coach to Dawn Staley at the University Carolina 2008 to the present with a NCAA Division I National Championship in 2017.
Lisa Boyer is also currently serving as Team Scout for the USA Women's Olympic Basketball team which won the 2018 FIBA World Cup Champions and will compete for Olympic Gold in Tokyo, Japan in 2020.
She could not attend the induction ceremony at OFA because she was in Puerto Rico with Team USA. She was represented by OFA teammate Peggy Langley and her sister Debbie Monnat.
"Recently I asked Lisa if she had any plans for retiring. She answered that she we have a national championship and the Olympics to win," said Langley.
"I guess it would be safe to say that she won't be retiring any time soon."
While looking ahead with great excitement and enthusiasm, Coach Boyer looked back on her Blue Devils days with the same emotions in a statement read by Langley.
"I want to thank my coaches Penny Sharrow and Mary Ebberts. I have always had a love for the city and I want to thank my teammates. I loved my high school years." she read.