Saint Mary's women's volleyball great Mandy Bible will be inducted into the Saint Mary's Hall of Fame on Saturday
During his inaugural season in 2002, Stevenson tied for the third highest number of conference wins in school history after finishing with a West Coast Conference record of 6-8. Though he inherited a team that won only five games the previous season, Stevenson almost doubled the wins from the previous season by finishing his first year with an overall record of 9-18. Despite a team heavy with underclassmen, Stevenson produced three All-WCC Honorable Mention honorees during his first season.
Though the Gaels had a relatively successful first season under the tutelage of Stevenson, the following year exhibited the new coach's true abilities. In 2003, with only one senior on the roster, Stevenson coached the Gaels to the single highest number of wins for one season in school history, after finishing the season with a 20-13 overall record. Behind the stellar play of recent recruits and blended with the talents of younger players, Stevenson found a way to produce an extremely competitive team. With victories over Texas (#23), Loyola Marymount (#13), and San Diego (#22), the Gaels recorded their first-ever wins against nationally-ranked opponents. Stevenson also helped the Gaels post a record of 8-1 in four non-conference tournaments in which they participated. Due to their elevated play, the Gaels claimed the championship at each tournament. At one point during the 2003 season, the competitive WCC had five teams ranked in the top-25 nationally. In a conference that produced the highest winning percentage in the nation, the Gaels held their own by going 6-8. Due in large part to Stevenson's dedication and confidence, the Gaels were invited to participate in the 2003 NCAA Tournament for the first time in school history. Though the Gaels lost to a tough first-round opponent in No. 8-ranked California in three sets, Stevenson's effect on the program continues to be one of success.
In just two short seasons at Saint Mary's, Stevenson has produced one All-WCC First Team selection, four All-WCC Honorable Mention honorees, and five tournament Most Valuable Player selections.
Stevenson came to Saint Mary's from Sonoma State University where he was the women's head volleyball coach in 2000 and 2001. In his first season with the Cossacks, the team finished 7-21, then in his second year he guided the team to a 22-11 finish and a top-10 Division II ranking in 2001.
Prior to his time at Sonoma State, Stevenson was an assistant coach at the University of Wyoming from 1999-2000. He was the head coach of the men's volleyball team at the University of California at San Diego during the 1998 and 1999 seasons and was an assistant coach for the men's volleyball team at UC Santa Barbara from 1986-87. He also served as an assistant coach at Santa Barbara City College in 1985.
After graduating from UC Santa Barbara with a bachelor's degree in Psychology in 1980, Stevenson joined the Association of Volleyball Professionals in 1981 and played on the Professional Beach Volleyball tour from 1980-1996.
During his 16 years on the tour, Stevenson won the 1984 Tour Gran Prix Championship and was named the "Sportsman of the Year" in 1985. He recorded a career-best six tournament wins in 1988. Stevenson was inducted into the California Beach Volleyball Hall of Fame and the Professional Beach Volleyball Hall of Fame in 1996, and the NIKE "Legends of Beach Volleyball" in 1997.
As a professional volleyball player, Stevenson is a founding member of the AVP and served on the Board of Directors from 1984 until 1995. He was elected Player President in 1989 and served six consecutive terms before his promotion to Senior Vice President in 1995 following his retirement from the tour. Stevenson also served as the interim Executive Director in 1995 and has served as a commentator during several AVP broadcasts. A native of Manhattan Beach, CA, Stevenson attended Mira Costa High where he lettered in both baseball and basketball. Stevenson also played one year of basketball at BYU before transferring to UCSB.
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