Sarah Dehring was named Alma College's interim athletic director in June of 2019. She had served as the Associate Athletic Director and Senior Woman Administrator since February 2016. In that role, she supervises all aspects of the athletics. She previously served as the Scots' head women's volleyball coach from 2010-15, while also serving in a dual role as the Senior Woman Administrator from 2013-2016. Dehring believes her most important role “is ensuring a quality student-athlete experience”.
Dehring currently oversees compliance, eligibility, Game Day Operations and Management, and operations for Athletic Training and Strength and Conditioning. In addition to her AAD responsibilities, she also co-advises the Student Athletic Advisory Committee (SAAC), serves as the Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association Track and Field liaison, and has chaired multiple key departmental search committees, including; Sports Information Director, Head Athletic Trainer, Head Women’s Soccer Coach, Head Swim and Dive Coach, and Head Baseball Coach.
In addition to being named the 2017 College STUNT Association Administrator of the Year and having received the 2017 Alma College Presidential Award for Excellence, Dehring is a 2018 Women Leaders in College Sports Institute for Administrative Advancement East graduate, a 2017 NCAA Division III Senior Woman Administrator Program graduate, a Women Leaders in College Sports member, and a 2015 NCAA Inclusion Forum attendee.
Dehring serves as the Athletics Service Learning representative. She is continually engaged in volunteer opportunities and was instrumental in bringing the Helper Helper organization to the Alma campus as a means to foster civic-mindedness in all Alma students. Her service works range from Alternative Spring Break, Big Brother Big Sister board member and mentor, and Walk to End Alzheimer's board member and team captain. With her guidance and support, Alma College Athletics received the 2018 NCAA Team Works Helper Helper Community Service Competition Award.
Under the direction of Dehring as head volleyball coach, the Alma program won 260 matches over five seasons, including 151 MIAA contests. In addition, Alma finished in the top four of the league in four out of five campaigns. During this time Dehring was featured in the 2015 edition of Volleyball Magazine, a national publication, in an article entitled “The Grind”.
Prior to joining the Alma College staff, Dehring spent the 2010 season as an assistant coach at Iowa Western Community College in Council Bluffs, Iowa. While at Iowa Western, the team finished ninth at the NJCAA Nationals in 2010.
Dehring was also the assistant coach at Saint Joseph’s College in Rensselaer, Indiana (2009), a graduate assistant at Lakeland College in Sheboygan, Wisconsin (2007 and 2008) where she acquired a Masters of Arts in Counseling, an assistant coach at Arizona Western College (2006) and her high school alma mater, Mackinac Island (Mich.) Public School.
A Michigan native, Dehring played volleyball at Ferris State University from 1999-2001 and served as student assistant until 2003, after acquiring an injury that removed her from competition. Dehring graduated from FSU in 2004 with a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education and minored in Biology and Social Studies.