Coaches' Stories: Jill Stephens

Head Volleyball Coach, Florida Southern College

 

Jill's Bio         Jill's Journey         Jill's Story

 

BIO

Considered one of the top young volleyball coaches in the country, Jill Stephens is in her eighth season as the Moccasins' head coach. Last season she guided her team to a 26-9 record and a runner-up finish at the NCAA South Regional, marking the Moccasins' sixth straight NCAA tournament bid. The Moccasins finished tied for second in the Sunshine State Conference with a mark of 11-5 and handed SSC champion Tampa its only conference loss.

Stephens' seven-year record at FSC is 172-75. Her .696 winning percentage ranks 27th overall among active NCAA Division II coaches. For head coaches with seven or fewer seasons of experience, however, her winning percentage is seventh-best in Division II.

She coached the Moccasins to a 31-5 record and a share of the SSC title in 2006. In 2005 she earned the SSC Coach of the Year award, as she led the Moccasins to a 33-4 record and a 14-2 SSC mark. She also recorded her 100th career coaching win with a 30-26, 30-20, 30-23 win at Saint Leo on Oct. 5, 2005.

Her appointment in 2001 as FSC's head volleyball coach came after she had served two years as an assistant coach at Division I Florida Atlantic University (1995-96) and four years (1997-2000) as an assistant to longtime FSC head coach Lois Webb.

A 1995 graduate of Florida Southern, Stephens earned her bachelor's degree in sports management and earned her master's degree (also in sports management) from the U.S. Sports Academy in 2001.

Stephens played at Florida Southern College from 1991 to 1994, twice earning AVCA All-America recognition, in 1994 as a first-team honoree and in 1993 as a member of the second team. As a senior, Stephens was named the Florida Southern Female Scholar-Athlete of the Year. As a freshman, she helped guide her team to a fourth place finish at the NCAA Division II Championship. In 1992, her sophomore season, Stephens was named the Mocs' most valuable player and led her team to an NCAA South Regional appearance. She ranks in the top four in the FSC record book in four career categories: (kills-3rd, 1691; digs-4th, 1475; attack attempts-2nd, 3731; aces-3rd, 217). Her totals of 155 matches played and 547 games played are the most in FSC history

Last year she was inducted into the Hall of Fame of her high school, Cardinal Gibbons High School in Ft. Lauderdale, where she played for the legendary Louise Crocco.

She served on the NCAA South Region Advisory Committee for Volleyball for three seasons. In addition, she has represented the Sunshine State Conference on the NCAA Division II Volleyball Head Coaches Committee and is chair of the AVCA All-South Region Selection Committee, as well as a member of the AVCA All-America Selection Committee.

This summer Stephens was head coach for Team Florida's Red Junior team, which competed in the USAV High Performance Championships. She also helps out with the Fellowship of Christian Athletes chapter at Florida Southern.

 

Bio courtesy of Florida Southern College Athletics' Web site

 

Jill's Journey

Played in College:
Florida Southern College (1991-1995)
Coaching Position #1: First Assistant Coach--Florida Atlantic Univeristy (1995-1997)
Coaching Position #2: First Assistant Coach--Florida Southern College (1997-2001)
Coaching Position #3: Head Coach--Florida Southern College (2001-current)

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