Lisa Boyer joined the South Carolina staff in May 2008, shortly after head coach Dawn Staley announced her intention to join the Gamecocks. Boyer has been the lead assistant on a Staley-led staff since the 2002-03 season when she returned to the college ranks after five seasons coaching at the professional level. Named associate head coach in May 2010, Boyer is the Gamecocks' recruiting coordinator and works directly with South Carolina's guards. Her experience and analytic mind have helped guide South Carolina to five straight 25-win seasons, highlighted three SEC regular-season championships (2014, 2015, 2016), two SEC Tournament titles (2015, 2016), the program's first NCAA Final Four appearance (2015) and the program's highest final ranking (No. 3 in 2014-15 and in 2015-16). For her 30+ years in coaching and shaping both professional and collegiate players, Boyer's alma mater honored her with induction into the Ithaca College Athletics Hall of Fame in 2014.
"Having Lisa on our staff says a lot because she could be a head coach in her own right," Staley said. "I strive for perfection. If you don't have the knowledge to accomplish perfection, then you get somebody who has that knowledge to pass it along to you. When I started in coaching, Lisa was that person for me. I wore her down because I knew I needed her. I trust her with my life, and I knew I could trust her with my career, not just as a coach, but as an administrator, a manager and overall as a person."
Through eight seasons at South Carolina, Boyer has helped the Gamecocks to five consecutive 25-win seasons, including the program's first back-to-back 30-win seasons (2014-15 and 2015-16) and five NCAA Tournament appearances (2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016). The last three seasons have seen South Carolina realize its lofty ambitions. The Gamecocks followed a 29-win season in 2013-14, during which they earned their first No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament, with a school-record 34 wins and a spot in the NCAA Final Four in 2014-15 and a third-straight SEC regular-season championship and 33 wins in 2015-16. South Carolina has finished among the SEC's top four each of the last five seasons, and under Boyer's watchful eye, five South Carolina guards have earned All-SEC honors, including the program's first SEC Player of the Year in Tiffany Mitchell in 2014 and 2015. Boyer's leadership also helped land the No. 2 recruiting class in the nation in 2014. "It's hard to believe that the years have gone by so quickly at South Carolina," Boyer said. "We hit the ground running and have not looked back. It is a tribute to the players who have bought into the process and entrusted us with their careers. We continue to strive toward a championship, growing as people and family along the way.
"There is no turning back. Our players continue to set the bar higher and higher each year. They understand and accept the commitment to the program and to each other. The standard has been set. We will come prepared to win every game we play, and the University is behind us all the way."
Boyer helped Staley lead Temple to five NCAA Tournaments and three Atlantic 10 Tournament titles in six seasons. She also keyed the recruitment of two players that would go on to be Temple's first WNBA First-Round Draft Picks. In 2005, the Owls became the first team in A-10 history to go undefeated in the regular season when they posted a 16-0 mark in league play. That team went on to capture its second-straight A-10 Tournament championship and finished the season in the second round of the NCAA Tournament with a school-record 28 wins. Prior to falling in the second-round game against Rutgers, Temple had rattled off 25 consecutive victories, the nation's longest winning streak of any men's or women's team that season.
Prior to her stint at Temple, Boyer spent six seasons coaching in first the ABL and then the WNBA. She began her career at the professional level in 1996 as the head coach of the Richmond (later Philadelphia) Rage. After guiding her first team to a 21-19 record, Boyer welcomed the arrival of Staley to the 1997 squad. Boyer left the Rage to take an assistant coach position with the WNBA's Cleveland Rockers in 1998. During her five years with the club, the Rockers advanced to the WNBA semifinals (1998) and the conference final (2000). As part of her work with the Rockers, Boyer had the opportunity to serve on John Lucas' Cleveland Cavaliers' staff in 2001-02, becoming the first woman on an NBA coaching staff.
Boyer took the position with the Rage after 10 seasons as Bradley University's head coach. With a 100 percent graduation rate throughout her tenure, she guided the Braves to a 15-13 record in her first season (1986-87). Boyer also posted winning records in 1989-90 (16-12) and 1991-92 (17-11) before leaving the program following the 1995-96 season. In her final four seasons at Bradley, she also served as the department's senior women's administrator and compliance coordinator.
Bradley was not Boyer's first head coaching stop, however. She led Converse in 1982-83, just one year after getting her start in coaching as an assistant at Davidson. Following her single season at Converse, Boyer served as an assistant coach for one season at East Carolina, Miami (Ohio) and Virginia Tech, respectively.
A native of Ogdensburg, N.Y., Boyer was a standout forward for Ithaca College, from which she graduated with a bachelor of science degree in 1979. She also earned a master of education degree from UNC Greensboro in 1982.
The Boyer Capsule
South Carolina, associated head coach, 2010-present
South Carolina, assistant coach, 2008-10
Temple, assistant coach, 2002-08
Cleveland Rockers, WNBA, assistant coach, 1998-2002
Cleveland Cavaliers, NBA, volunteer assistant coach, 2001-02
Richmond/Philadelphia Rage, ABL, head coach, 1996-97
Bradley University, head coach, 1986-1996
Virginia Tech, assistant coach, 1985-86
University of Miami (Ohio), assistant coach, 1984-85
East Carolina, assistant coach, 1983-84
Converse College, head coach, 1982-83
Davidson College, assistant coach, 1981-82
Ithaca College, 1975-79
Ithaca College Athletics Hall of Fame, Class of 2014
Bachelor of science, Ithaca College, 1979
Master of education, UNC Greensboro, 1982