Ms. Deb McPherson-Doyle, professor emeritus, retired in 2015. McPherson-Doyle taught at LSSU for 39 years. McPherson graduated from Northern Michigan University (1974) with a BS in Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance, following up with an MA in Education Administration (1983) from the same institution. She joined the faculty in 1976 serving in the capacity of athletic coach and instructor. She promoted to assistant professor in 1983, then associate professor in 2010. McPherson-Doyle retired as chair of the School of Recreation Studies and Exercise Science, a position she held for 12 years. She developed the Sport and Recreation Management major that has evolved into the Sport and Fitness Management concentration in the Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology program. Professor McPherson-Doyle was a past president of the LSSU Faculty Association. She is also remembered for her work with senior citizens, including establishment of Elderhostel at LSSU and its successor, Lake State Elders, which continues today.
An early pioneer in women’s athletics, McPherson-Doyle served as both softball and volleyball coach for Lake Superior State College (LSSC), now LSSU. She was directly responsible for launching the first volleyball program in the university. She joined the coaching staff in 1976, retiring from coaching in 1992. McPherson-Doyle’s coaching accomplishments led to her election into the LSSU Athletics Hall of Fame in 1998. She also had the honor of inducting the entire 1978 squad into the Hall of Fame. She and longtime coach Mark Engle underwrote the volleyball team photo display in 2005 that adorns the Norris Center’s main hallway. There is an award in her name that annually recognizes a female athlete of the year, in recognition of McPherson’s 17-year coaching career and the crucial role she played in establishing women’s sports at LSSU.