SAN ANTONIO (June 6, 2019) – OLLU has announced that Stacy Stephens will be the interim head coach for the women's basketball program. Stephens replaces seven-year head coach Christopher Minner, who left at the end of May for an NCAA DI coaching position with the University of North Texas.
Athletic Director Shane Hurley stated, "Stacy Stephens had a stellar career at UT- Austin, as well as in the WNBA and internationally. Her passion, knowledge and experiences as a player and coach have been a great asset to the women's basketball program here at OLLU. On top of her athletic prowess, she also committed herself to high education, obtaining her master's recently, and serving as an excellent role model for our student-athletes and the women in our program. Now, it's her time to lead, and we are excited and confident about the future for Saints Women's Basketball!"
Stephens joined the coaching staff at OLLU in July 2017 as an assistant coach. Before OLLU, she had a three-year stint as an assistant coach at NCAA DI Sam Houston State University in Huntsville, Texas. Additionally, she held the title of special assistant to the women's basketball team at the University of Texas at Austin (UT). Her assistant coaching position with the Longhorns came after an illustrious collegiate career in the burnt orange and white jersey.
For the Longhorns, Stephens was a two-time Associated Press Second Team All-American and a finalist for the State Farm Wade Trophy – given to the best women's basketball player in NCAA DI competition – and the Naismith Award – given to the top women's collegiate basketball players – during her junior and senior years. She was a two-time Big 12 first-team player.
The Longhorns' team with Stephens earned a 2003 NCAA Final Four berth and two regular-season and one tournament championship in the Big 12 Conference. She concluded her collegiate career tallying more than 1,000 points and 1,000 rebounds. She averaged 12.7 points and 9.1 rebounds per game while suiting up for the Texas Longhorns from 2000-2004.
Stephens was a third-round draft pick for the Houston Comets of the Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA) in 2004, and she spent four years playing professionally in the United States, Portugal, Sweden and Turkey.
Prior to her coaching position at UT, Stephens was assistant coach at NAIA/Red River Athletic Conference's (RRAC) Texas College and director of basketball operations at Colorado State University.
She received a Bachelor of Science from UT and earned a Master of Arts in Higher Education Administration from Sam Houston State University.
Stephens will now head one of the best NAIA women's basketball programs in the country. Last season, the Saints etched their names in the record books by becoming the first team at OLLU to reach the "Fab Four" during the NAIA Women's Basketball National Championship. The Saints have made nine trips to the conference tournament and have captured two tournament titles. Additionally, the team made an appearance at the national championship tournament seven seasons in a row. The women's basketball team has also been ranked the past seven seasons in the NAIA Women's Basketball Coaches' Top 25 Poll.
Stephens commented, "I'm thankful and excited for the opportunity to lead the OLLU Women's Basketball team into next season. I am eager to put my experiences within the NCAA, NJCAA, NAIA and the mentorship I have received from Coach Chris Minner and combine it with the extremely talented, dedicated and driven women that I am blessed to work with day in and day out. Together we will work to continue the winning tradition that is OLLU Women's Basketball."
Saints fans are encouraged to come out to Mabee Gymnasium this season to watch the phenomenal women's basketball student-athletes. The team's 2019-2020 schedule will be released at a later date. To stay up-to-date on all things OLLU women's basketball, fans can visit http://www.ollusaintsathletics.com/sport/0/12.php.