By: Kimberly Roman
Coach Stevens is the one who is in charge of the Girls Basketball team. He makes sure that everything goes well so that his team succeeds. He is also a patient person when it comes to his team and he is a teacher as well.
What is your coaching/teaching history?
My first coaching job was as an assistant coach at Westlake High School 10 years ago. In 2012, I began teaching at Cyprus High School. I was an assistant coach for the Girls Basketball team that year. The head coach at the time stepped down after that first year, and I have been the Head Girls Basketball Coach ever since.
What made you want to coach? Why?
I have always loved playing sports and being a part of a team. When I was attending BYU a friend asked if I was interested in helping out with the Boys basketball team. I became a team manager and was able to spend a lot of time around some amazing college coaches. I remembered how much those coaches influenced all the young men on that team for good. I wanted to be able to help young people in the same way. Coaching felt like a great way to do that.
How has Covid affected the way you coach?
Covid has really reinforced how much of a blessing it is to be a part of a team. Having a bunch of people around you that have the same goals and objectives is really healthy. Everyday we try to show gratitude for the ability to be around one another.
What do you look for in a player/participant? Why?
Someone who is willing to give great effort. I don’t necessarily care how skilled someone is. I want people that are willing to give everything they have to improve.
What goal do you have for the team/group this year? Why?
We have 3 team goals this year. 1. Always give great effort. 2. Be focused on learning and executing your job. 3. Learn to be a great communicator.
What life lessons do you want your players to learn from the sport/activity?
I always want my players to know that they can overcome any challenge through perseverance. Sticking with something is a skill that I hope all of my players leave my program having gained.
What is your proudest moment as a coach?
One of my proudest moments was when we won region 2 years ago. We had a great team that learned and grew together to accomplish that goal. I am also constantly proud of the amazing people that these girls become when they leave High School. Almost all of them are off doing great things in life!
What have you learned from becoming a coach?
Coaching has helped me learn Patience. Results often don’t happen when we want them to. If we continue to grind, work hard, and persevere we can accomplish what we set out to.
What other sports would you like to coach?
I have coached Golf, Track, and Softball. Someday I would like to try out Football and Baseball
What makes you different from other coaches?
I think there are a lot of coaches that have similar characteristics but I truly care about my players and want them to be successful in life.