Who is Kalen DeBoer’s Wife, Nicole DeBoer? Exploring the Washington Football HC’s Family


Kalen DeBoer has had an amazing year as the head coach for the University of Washington leading the Huskies to a perfect record of 13-0 in the regular season and a berth in the College Football Playoff semifinals. For his exceptional coaching and offensive style he was also named the 2023 Sporting News College Football Coach of the Year.

However, the coach gives all the credit to his better half. So, who is Kalen DeBoer’s wife? Let’s investigate.

Kalen DeBoer Wife

Kalen DeBoer Family

Nicole DeBoer is the stunning wife of Kalen DeBoer, the head coach for the Washington Huskies. They’ve been married for over two decades and have two daughters together.

According to Kalen himself, Nicole is his rock and has been a very supportive wife since day one.


Full NameNicole Ann Tendler
Date Of BirthDecember, 1978
Age45 years ( as of 2023)
Place Of BirthSioux Falls, South Dakota
SpouseKalen DeBoer
ChildrenAlexis and Avery
ParentsLori and Terry Tendler

Early Life and Parents

Nicole DeBoer was born in December of 1978. Her parents, Terry and Lori Tendler had her in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, where she grew up falling in love with the game of basketball.

Her parents provided her with schooling at some of the highly-rated public schools to prepare her for the world ahead.

Career and Education

Nicole DeBoer, who graduated from Augustana University in 2001 with a degree in fitness management, was also a member of the university’s basketball team.

Both Nicole and Kalen share a passion for sports and athletics, and it shows in her pursuit of learning fitness management in college, even though she never had a career besides raising her two daughters and being an amazing housewife.

How Did Kalen DeBoer and Nicole First Meet

Nicole and Kalen DeBoer first met in the summer of 2000, when Kalen was an offensive coordinator at the University of Sioux Falls. According to the couple, it was love at first sight as both of them just fell head over heels for the other. It should come as no surprise that they got married a year later.


Kalen DeBoer and Nicole Tendler tied the knot soon after graduation, on December 29, 2001, at Our Savior’s Lutheran Church in Sioux Falls with reverend Don Lehmann officiating the wedding ceremony.

The couple announced their union under the wedding column of The Daily Argus-Leader.

Kalen DeBoer and Nicole Kids

Kalen DeBoer with his daughters

Kalen and Nicole have two beautiful daughters: Avery and Alexis. Avery is currently studying in sixth grade and reportedly loves riding horses.

Alexis on the other hand played softball at Bellevue High and decided to join her father at the University of Washington in November of 2023. While attending one of her games, Kalen said, “When your kids are involved and you can support them, having the chance to do that, it’s a lot of fun.”


Kalen DeBoer has had a long and successful coaching career at Fresno State and Sioux Falls; beginning as the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at Indiana, Eastern Michigan, to Southern Illinois. And during all this time the only constant in his life was his wife, Nicole.

This year his daughter has also joined him at the University of Washington, and it will be interesting to see how this new dynamic unfolds.

Prikshit Malik
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