ATLANTA - The Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) announced its inaugural WBCA Thirty Under 30 honorees today and Gallaudet University women's basketball coach Stephanie Stevens was one of the 30 head coaches selected for this honor.
The WBCA Thirty Under 30 special recognition program was created to honor 30 up-and-coming women's basketball coaches age 30 and under at all levels of the game.
"I am thankful to the WBCA for the recognition. I want to thank my support staff and players for helping to build this program to where we are today," said Stevens.
Stevens just completed her fourth season as head coach for the Gallaudet women's basketball program, leading the team to a 15-12 record and a trip to the North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) semifinals this past season.
"Gallaudet University is the only liberal arts college in the world designed specifically for the deaf and hard of hearing. There is no other place like this in the world for Gallaudet is the mecca for the deaf community. Our student-athletes carry the responsibility of representing both their university and the deaf community," said Stevens. "I coach not because I love the game but because I love being part of a community. I love how the game brings people together and how we are able to learn together on becoming better people."
In her four years at the helm, the team has posted a 51-53 record and made three consecutive trips to the NEAC postseason tournament. Stevens has coached 19 NEAC scholar-athletes, four all-conference honorees (two first team, two second team) and two D3hoops.com All-Region third team selections.
"This is big honor for Coach Stevens and her program she has built here," said Gallaudet Athletic Director Michael Weinstock. "Stephanie brings great passion and energy to the court and with her team. She is very deserving of this award. We are fortunate to have her here at Gallaudet."
Stevens returned to Kendall Green after spending one year as the Coordinator of Recruiting Operations for the nationally ranked University of Maryland women’s basketball program in 2011-12. She served as assistant coach under former Gallaudet women’s basketball head coach Kevin Cook during the 2010-11 season when the Bison posted a 24-4 record, were ranked for over a month and made the NCAA Division III tournament for the first time since 1999.
"As a young coach, I have been fortunate to have been mentored by wonderful coaches who truly emphasized the importance of circulating the values of sports and life as we continue to grow as people with building discipline, passion, fundamentals, and relationships," said Stevens.
Each recipient has exemplified their involvement in community service, mentorship and impact on others, professional manner and attitude and professional association involvement.
“The WBCA has created a new program to recognize up and coming talent in our coaching family. The 30 coaches who have been named Thirty Under 30 are deserving of this recognition, and the WBCA congratulates them for distinguishing themselves early in their careers,” said WBCA Executive Director Danielle Donehew. “These coaches have demonstrated eagerness, effectiveness, loyalty, love of the game, and a commitment to the student-athlete. We celebrate their effort on the basketball court as teachers and equally applaud the extensive role they play in impacting the lives of their student-athletes.”
About the WBCA:
Founded in 1981, the Women's Basketball Coaches Association promotes women's basketball by unifying coaches at all levels to develop a reputable identity for the sport and to foster and promote the development of the game in all of its aspects as a sport for women and girls. For more information about the WBCA, please visit wbca.org.