ATLANTA - Gallaudet University women's basketball head coach Stephanie Stevens has been selected to serve as a member of the Women's Basketball Coaches Association (WBCA) Diversity and Inclusion Committee, where she will advise and guide the association's Board of Directors in enhancing awareness of issues pertaining to diversity and inclusion within the WBCA membership and promoting the growth of diversity within the sport.
Stevens will serve under Melanie Balcomb, chair of the committee, and director of coaching offensive analytics at the University of South Carolina.
Committee members, all of whom have been appointed to initial terms of one, two or three years, were purposefully selected from the many applicants to ensure representation of the broad diversity of perspectives within the WBCA membership. They will be responsible for considering issues of and best practices pertaining to diversity and inclusion that the WBCA membership deems important and providing recommendations to the WBCA board regarding such matters. In addition, the committee members will respond to requests for assistance or guidance from the WBCA board or staff with respect to issues of diversity and inclusion that may arise. Finally, committee members will select student-athletes who will participate in the 2017 "So You Want To Be A Coach" program.
"As an advocate for the deaf and hard of hearing community, serving on the WBCA Diversity and Inclusion Committee is a great honor," said Stevens. "I am excited to discuss and learn from other's perspectives and experiences."
Stevens begins her fifth season at Gallaudet University, the world's only university with programs and services specifically designed to accommodate deaf and hard of hearing students, this fall after going 15-12 overall and 9-6 in the North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) last season. She is currently 51-53 overall and 42-32 in NEAC games during her four seasons at the helm at Gallaudet.
Coach Stevens was also selected last spring as a member of the WBCA Thirty Under 30. The Thirty Under 30 program is a special recognition program that was created to honor 30 up-and-coming women's basketball coaches age 30 and under at all levels of the game.
Stevens is a native of Pickerington, Ohio, and attended Pickerington Central for high school where she played basketball and was named Ohio High School Basketball Coaches Association Division I Player of the Year and selected to the all-state first team during her senior season (2006). Stevens attended the University of Cincinnati where she lettered four years in women’s basketball for the Bearcats. She was a four-time BIG EAST All-Academic Team selection and was named to the University of Cincinnati Dean’s List every semester for four years. She was also a member of Cincinnati’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) for four years. She graduated in 2010 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Special Education with a focus on Sign Language Interpreting and Deaf Studies. During the spring of 2010, Stevens interned as an interpreter with a local Family Service Association in Cincinnati to help with community services for the deaf.
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.
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.