INDIANAPOLIS - Gallaudet University women's basketball head coach Stephanie Stevens was recently selected to the NCAA Women's Basketball Rules Committee. Stevens will serve a four-year term until 2021. Stevens is one of 12 members on the national committee comprised of Athletic Directors, Senior Woman Administrators, Faculty Athletic Representatives and head coaches representing all levels of NCAA women's basketball.
"I am honored to be selected as one of the NCAA Women's Basketball Rules Committee members until 2021. This past May we had our annual rules committee conference – joined with the NCAA men's basketball rules committee – at the NCAA headquarters in Indianapolis and was excited to bring another vital perspective on inclusion," said Stevens. "I appreciate the genuine exigency from each committee member to amend how a few of the current basketball rules dismissively impact our deaf and hard of hearing student-athletes and/or coaches at Gallaudet. The need for inclusion has been acknowledged. I take great pride knowing that I am in a position to positively share the game being viewed from a more heightened sense."
Stevens is one of three NCAA Division III representatives on the committee. The committee was chaired by University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point Athletic Director Bradley Duckworth last year.
Stevens is the second Gallaudet athletic department staff member to be currently serving on a NCAA national committee. Gallaudet Associate Athletic Director for Communications Sam Atkinson is entering his third year of four on the NCAA Division III Men's Basketball National Committee and will serve as the chair for the 2018-19 season.
Stevens will enter her seventh season at Gallaudet, the world's only university with programs and services specifically designed to accommodate deaf and hard of hearing students, leading the women's basketball program in 2018-19. She has compiled a 67-89 overall record and 54-56 mark in North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) play. Gallaudet finished the 2017-18 campaign with a 13-14 record and 9-7 mark in conference play.
Stevens has guided Gallaudet to three NEAC semifinal appearances in four trips in the conference tournament during the past five seasons. She has coached five All-NEAC honorees (three first team selections), three D3hoops.com All-Region third team honorees and one ECAC All-Star second team selection.
In addition to her role leading the Gallaudet women's basketball program, Stevens is also the department's Health and Wellness Liaison for the past five years and is a certified strength and conditioning instructor.
Stevens returned to Kendall Green in 2012 after spending one year as the Coordinator of Recruiting Operations for the nationally ranked University of Maryland women’s basketball program. 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 nationally ranked for over a month and made the NCAA Division III tournament for the first time since 1999.
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). She was rated the 33rd best point guard in her class in the nation.
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 earned her Master of Arts in Coaching and Athletic Administration from Concordia University Irvine (Calif.) in May 2015.