WASHINGTON, D.C. – Newly hired Gallaudet University women’s basketball head coach Stephanie Stevens is featured in Friday’s edition of the Washington Post (July 20, 2012) in a story titled “Stevens thrilled to sign on” written by Gene Wang.
The feature profiles the new Bison head coach and her background with American Sign Language and her career path. Stevens came to Gallaudet for the first time as a graduate assistant during the magical 2010-11 season after a four-year basketball career at University of Cincinnati. After one season with the Bison she transitioned to Coordinator of Recruiting Operations for the nationally ranked University of Maryland women's basketball program.
Gallaudet junior guard Stephanie Weiss (Wellington, Fla.) was also interviewed for the story and was quoted in the feature.
Here is a brief excerpt from the story:
“Part of Stevens’s development as a coach included learning when to be stern with her players. That assignment can become even more complicated on a team whose members all are either deaf or hard of hearing.
So instead of raising her voice to show disapproval, Stevens uses more pronounced facial expressions or hand movements when she’s signing. She also must pick her spots when conveying strategy, because getting the attention of her players isn’t always possible when their backs are turned to the bench.
“How we play the game is the same” as hearing teams, Stevens said. “It’s just that there needs to be eye contact all the time. As a language, [sign] is just so beautiful. It’s so amazing to me just how we can use our hands. I feel it’s easier to communicate not using your voice.”
The complete story can be viewed in Friday's newspaper or online