Faculty & Staff
Nan Carney-DeBord has served as the Director of Athletics, Physical Education and Recreation and the faculty chair of the Department of Physical Education since 2011-12. A 1980 graduate of Denison University and a member of the college's Athletic Hall of Fame, she returned to her alma mater in 2011 after spending 25 years as the head women's basketball coach and faculty member at Ohio Wesleyan University.
Prior to accepting the post to guide Denison's athletic department, Carney-DeBord was one of the winningest coaches in Division III women's basketball history, posting a career record of 433-227 while guiding Ohio Wesleyan to six NCAA Division III Tournament berths. The Battling Bishops captured five NCAC championships and she was a seven-time conference Coach of the Year. In 2001, she guided her team to the national semifinals of the NCAA Division III Tournament and was named the Women's Basketball Coaches Association Division III National Coach of the Year.
In 2009, Carney-DeBord became only the 33rd coach in Division III history to reach the 400-win mark. In addition to her time as the head women's basketball coach at Ohio Wesleyan, she spent six seasons (1985-1990) as the head field hockey coach at OWU where her teams posted a .714 winning percentage and began a streak of seven straight NCAA Tournament appearances that would eventually conclude in 1993. At Ohio Wesleyan, she also served as assistant athletics director from 1987 to 1993 and associate athletics director from 1993 through 2003.
Carney-DeBord was a four-year letter winner in basketball and field hockey at Denison. A wing and point guard in basketball, she was team captain and was named the team's Most Valuable Player as a senior. As a back on the Denison field hockey squad, she was a three-year captain and helped lead the 1979 team to a 12-3-1 record. In 1998, she was inducted in the Varsity D Association Athletics Hall of Fame at Denison. In addition to her bachelor's degree in physical education from Denison, Carney-DeBord earned a master's of arts in athletics administration from Kent State University.
Dr. Brian Hortz has been a part of the athletic training staff since 1995. He has been in the role of head athletic trainer since 1997. In addition to his on-field work with Denison athletes, Hortz also serves as an Associate Professor in the university's Physical Education department and athletic training major.
In 2008-09, Hortz was named the Ohio Athletic Trainer of the Year which was awarded by the Ohio Athletic Trainers Association. Hortz is the second Denison athletic trainer to receive the coveted award from the OATA. His mentor, Dale Googins, was named the Ohio Athletic Trainer of the Year in 1986. Hortz was selected for the award thanks to his outstanding contributions to the profession of athletic training at the state and national level. He has also excelled in the classroom through authored publications, presentations and in his preparation of future athletic trainers.
A native of nearby Heath, Ohio, Hortz graduated from Heath High School in 1990. Hortz's interest in sports medicine began when he was an undergraduate at Denison where he graduated in 1994 with a B.A. in physical education with a concentration in sports medicine. Upon graduation form DU, Hortz pursued a master's degree in sports medicine from Ohio University while spending one year as the head athletic trainer at Crooksville High School. Hortz then continued his post-graduate studies at The Ohio State University where he completed his doctoral degree in Exercise Science with an emphasis in health education.
Hortz's primary responsibilities at Denison include the supervision and instruction of student athletic trainers, both in and out of the classroom, as a professor in Denison's department of athletics, physical education and recreation, as well as administrating the athletic training program at Denison.
Included among Hortz's professional affiliations are membership in the National Athletic Trainers Association, the Great Lakes Athletic Association and the Ohio Athletic Trainers Association. Hortz is also an active member in several Denison University committees.
Since 1997 Gail Murphy has built Denison women's soccer into one of the premier programs in all of NCAA Division III. A two-time NSCAA Regional Coach of the Year honoree, Murphy is one of the winningest active coaches in college soccer. Before Denison, Murphy spent four years at Southwestern University in Texas, where she took a first-year program to a top-10 regional ranking in just two seasons.
While at Southwestern, Murphy was selected as Coach of the Year by the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference. Murphy then made the cross-country switch to Denison, leading the Big Red back to regional and national prominence. The Ohio Collegiate Soccer Association has twice named Murphy its Coach of the Year (1997, 1999).
From 1983 to 1991 she coached Los Alamos (N.M.) High School, where her teams played in the finals of the state tournament five times, winning three championships. She began her college coaching career in 1991 as a graduate assistant in Massachusetts.
Murphy earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Education from the University of New Mexico in 1983 and her Masters of Science in Exercise and Sport Science from Smith College (Mass.) in 1993. Along with her soccer coaching duties, Murphy is an assistant professor on the faculty of Denison's Department of Athletics, Physical Education and Recreation.
Tiffany Ozbun has served as the head softball coach at Denison since the fall of 2007. Already a multi-time North Coast Athletic Conference Coach of the Year, Ozbun has made quite a splash in her first six seasons at the helm of the Big Red softball program.
Prior to her arrival at Denison, Ozbun spent three seasons as an assistant coach at Manchester University where she was responsible for pitcher/catcher development and the team's strength and conditioning program. She aided in the development of numerous all-conference and all-region athletes and in the fall of 2005 stepped in as the interim head coach/senior women's administrator at Manchester. Ozbun also served as an instructor in the Exercise and Sport Science department.
Prior to returning to Manchester, Ozbun spend three seasons at the University of Louisville where she earned a master of science in sport administration. While at Louisville, Ozbun worked primarily with catchers and defense while assisting in the development of numerous all-region and all-conference players, including the Cardinals' first All-American. In 2004, Louisville earned the program's first NCAA Tournament bid. That year, the Cardinals also set a Conference USA record for wins in a season (41).
As a player, Ozbun was a four-year letter winner and three-year co-captain for the Spartans. She led Manchester to the 2001 Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference championship and was named the team's most valuable player. She was the recipient of Manchester's Betty Clark Memorial award for her outstanding scholarship, athletic achievement, leadership and service and was a member of the Manchester Directors Council and the Manchester Faculty Athletic Committee.
Since 2002 Ozbun has served as the director of the University of Louisville Softball Camps and has spent her summers working various national camps and clinics. A member of the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) since 2003, Ozbun is also active in the Ohio High School Fastpitch Softball Coaches Association (OHSFSCA).