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Adam Stevenson is accustomed to being around winning college volleyball programs. And the Illinois native plans to bring that winning attitude to St. Catharine College. SCC athletic director Mike Doig announced recently that Stevenson will immediately start as the new head coach as he prepares for the Patriots’ 2010 season.
Stevenson comes to St. Catharine after spending one season as assistant coach at Olivet Nazarene University in Bourbonnais, Ill. He spent the 2008 season at Robert Morris College in Chicago. In addition to his college coaching duties, Stevenson has served as athletic director the past two years at Kankakee Trinity Academy in Illinois. He has also coached club volleyball teams in the off-season.
Stevenson helped lead Olivet Nazarene to the national tournament last season, where they were eliminated in pool play by eventual national champion Fresno Pacific. It was the seventh appearance in the national tournament in the last nine years for the team, which has been coached by Brenda Williams since 1996.
“Brenda Williams is the reason I am where I am today,” said Stevenson after being named head coach of the Patriots. “She has established an excellent program there.”
It was just one year ago that Williams saw another assistant leave Olivet Nazarene for the Mid-South Conference in which St. Catharine plays. That was Nick Griffin, who led Georgetown College to a national runner-up finish as they lost in the finals to Fresno pacific.
“He (Griffin) told me about the conference and that St. Catharine was looking for a coach,” said Stevenson. “I am excited about getting started.”
That start, Stevenson added, will be to add some height and hitting prowess in the middle. “We have about eight players who will be returning, and a solid nucleus. The first thing you would look for is to get a setter, and we have a good one returning (freshman Taylor Malott).”
Stevenson continued, “We will have some summer camps with our players where we can also bring in some high school players to begin recruiting for the 2011 season.”
Stevenson is planning a move to Springfield with his wife, Carol, and six-week-old daughter, Addison.