Debbie Hunter received the AVCA Excellence in Education Award in 2002. She was the director of education development and services for USA Volleyball from 1989 through 2000. Hunter developed the USA Coaching Accreditation Program (CAP) which has become one of the most recognizable and respected sport education programs. She has served as the AVCA Awards Chairperson and Board Member, the United States Olympic Committee's coaching committee, the USAV Board of Directors and many others. Before arriving at USA Volleyball, Hunter was the head volleyball coach at Southern Illinois from 1975 to 1988.