Whitworth University volleyball coach Kati (Tikker) Bodecker is in her sixth season as head coach. After a third place finish in her first season, Whitworth claimed back-to-back-to-back NWC championships from 2014-2016 and earned the league's automatic bid to the NCAA Division III tournament. The Pirates finished second in the NWC in 2017. Bodecker has posted an overall record of 91-43 (.689) in her five years guding the Bucs, 64-16 (.800) in conference play.
Bodecker came to Whitworth after six successful seasons as the head volleyball coach of the Priest River Lamanna high school program. During her time at the helm, the Spartans posted five winning seasons and five state tournament appearances. Her teams finished second in the Intermountain League and in the district four of five years, and in 2012 the Spartans not only tied for first in the league, but they also finished as the Idaho 3A runner-up at the state tournament. She was named league Coach of the Year in 2007 and Idaho Co-Coach of the Year in 2012.
Bodecker also served as an assistant under former Whitworth head coach Steve Rupe in 2007 while she worked toward her Master's Degree in teaching, with an endorsement in secondary English.
A graduate of Lakeside High School in Nine Mile Falls, Bodecker received an athletic scholarship to the University of Idaho, where she was a four year starter. On the all-time Vandals leaders list, Bodecker is eighth in kills per set and tied for ninth in single season kills. She led the team in three categories in 2004—kills, kill attempts and kills per set. Under the direction of head coach Debbie Buchanan, Bodecker earned a spot on the All-Big West Conference First Team and led the Vandals to back-to-back NCAA Tournament appearances as a sophomore and junior. Idaho broke an eight year drought in 2003, as the volleyball program earned its first NCAA postseason bid since 1995.
At Whitworth Bodecker also serves as Assistant Athletics Director for Compliance and Eligibility.
Kati, her husband Ryan, and their young sons, Kale and Kase, reside in Spokane.