Induction Year: 2004
Debbie Kern was an outstanding Yellowjacket softball, volleyball and basketball player who went on to become a respected educator and coach.
In volleyball, she earned fifth place in the university record books for all-time solo blocks, with 43 in a single season.
In softball, she was named All-Conference in 1987. In 1988 she was named All-Conference and All-District, and became the first Yellowjacket softball player to be named All-American. That year she was a key contributor as the softball team compiled a 28-6 record on its way to the NAIA District 14 championship and the Northern Division Conference championship.
In recognition of her achievements, Ms. Kern was awarded letters in both softball and volleyball, and in 1988 was named UW-Superior's Female Athlete of the Year.
After graduating in 1988, Ms. Kern taught and coached volleyball, basketball and softball at several Twin Cities area schools. She earned the 1993 Region 5AA Basketball Coach of the Year Award for her work at Minneapolis South High School. In 1994 she became a teacher and coach at South St. Paul High School, where she was a popular and successful teacher and coach until her untimely death in 2000.