QUANTICO, Va. – Gallaudet University women's basketball coach Stephanie Stevens successfully returned from the 2016 Coaches Workshop at the Marine Corps Base Quantico. The four-day boot camp was held here in Quantico, Va., from May 18-21. Coach Stevens got the chance to experience what it takes to become a Marine Corps Officer while fine-tuning her leadership and team building skills.
"I am forever grateful to have attended the Marine Corps Coaches Leadership Workshop in Quantico. By getting a small feel for what these men and women do in their respective military field is humbling and gratifying to know how fortunate we are in our civilian world," said Stevens, who completed her fourth season at the helm leading the Bison women's basketball program.
Stevens and 20 other coaches from different divisions and sports had the chance to go through an obstacle course, martial arts demonstration, leadership courses, combat life saving demonstration along with getting a chance to learn more from marines. The group also attended the evening parade at the Marine Barracks in Washington, D.C., located on 8th and I streets.
"There are significant parallels between Marines and coaches particularly because of our connection within a community. We are motivated individuals who bring other motivated individuals into an environment to connect. Just as the Marines, coaches recruit expectations and refine personal development. The Marine Corps has successfully controlled adverse situations earmarking personal accountability. Our responsibilities as coaches correlate with the fact that we intentionally groom our student-athletes by transcending them through controlled adverse situations on and off the court," said Stevens of her experience. "Everything we do as coaches is vital to their development. The Marine Corps emphasized the importance of coaches ethically cultivating our student-athletes to become productive members of society for tomorrow."
To date, nearly 100 coaches have participated in the Coaches Workshop across different sports including: basketball, baseball, football, soccer and golf.
"Aside from all of the leadership tools gained during this 4-day stint, I am a true believer that we as civilians can learn invaluable lessons from our military forces," said Stevens. "I want to personally thank each and every member of the military forces and coach that attended our workshop for an unforgettable experience. Oorah!"