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Barbara Stevens
Barbara Stevens
Title: Head Women's Basketball Coach
Phone: 781-891-2996
Email: bstevens@bentley.edu

Of all the people to coach women’s basketball at the Division II level, no one has recorded more victories than Bentley’s Hall of Fame coach, Barbara Stevens. And only five coaches in the history of women’s college basketball, in any division, have more victories!

On Dec. 19, 2010, Stevens became the fifth coach in NCAA women’s basketball history to reach the 800-career win milestone with a convincing 93-60 win over C.W. Post. She joined Pat Summitt, Jody Conradt, C. Vivian Stringer and Sylvia Hatchell in the elite 800-win club. Days later, Stanford’s Tara VanderVeer became the sixth member of that exclusive group of legendary coaches.

Stevens, the 2013 Russell Athletic/WBCA Division II National Coach of the Year, will enter the 2013-14 season, her 37th as a head coach, only 18 wins shy of 900. Her overall record of 882-246 includes 725-155 with the Falcons.

The 2012-13 season saw Stevens direct the Falcons to a 30-2 record and a three-peat as Northeast-10 Conference regular season and playoff champions. A two-point loss to Dowling in the NCAA East Regional championship kept Bentley from a third straight trip to the Elite Eight.

Stevens received the ultimate honor in April 2006 when she was amongst the 2006 inductees into the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame during ceremonies held in Knoxville, Tenn.

That honor came a little more than three months after Stevens became the sixth NCAA women’s basketball coach to reach the exclusive 700-win plateau, a milestone she achieved on Jan. 5, 2006, with an 85-69 win over Bryant.              

Stevens’ 882 victories have come in 1128 games, resulting in a career winning percentage of .782. Do the math and you’ll see that she is more than 630 games over .500! Of the top ten winningest coaches in NCAA women’s basketball history, only the legendary Pat Summitt of Tennessee and fellow Hall of Famer Geno Auriemma of Connecticut have averaged more victories per season than Stevens.

A 2005 inductee into the Bentley Athletic Hall of Fame, Barbara has been the winningest coach in Division II history since Feb. 6, 1999 when the Falcons topped Merrimack, 65-56, in North Andover. That was victory number 520, pushing her past the late Darlene May of Cal Poly Pomona.

Earlier in that same season, she became the first women’s basketball coach in New England history to reach the 500 career win plateau with an 89-66 victory over Columbus State.

Career win number 600 came Jan. 26, 2003 when the Falcons cruised to an 83-42 victory at Saint Rose. Her 500th Bentley win came at Southern New Hampshire Feb. 10, 2004.

That’s just the start of a lengthy list of accomplishments for the 13-time Northeast-10 Conference Coach of the Year. 

There has been a remarkable 27-year Bentley record of 725-155, which equates to an .824 winning percentage. An NCAA Division II tournament berth 26 times, with 12 regional championships. 

The list of accomplishments also includes five consecutive trips to the Division II Fab Four (including an appearance in the 1990 national championship game), 11 30-win seasons (including five straight from 1989-93), 16 Northeast-10 regular season championships, and breaking the school record for consecutive wins six times.              

However, perhaps the most impressive stat is the fact that Barbara Stevens’ Bentley teams have averaged 26.9 wins a season. That’s while playing a 26 or 27-game regular season schedule over most of her tenure!                  

Barbara, who has seen a number of her former players go on to coach in the college ranks, has also reached the top of her profession off the court, serving as the 1994-95 President of the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association. No other Division II coach has ever headed the 4,000-member organization.                   

Barbara came to Bentley in 1986 after three years as head coach at UMass. The 1976 Bridgewater State product began her coaching career as an assistant coach at Clark during the 1976-77 season.                 

 “Bardy” was promoted to head coach following year and met with a great deal of success during her six seasons at helm, winning nearly 75 percent of time. The Cougars averaged better than 20 wins a season and reached the NCAA Division III Final Four in both 1982 and 1983.                  

While at Clark, Barbara guided her teams to three Division III state championships and a postseason tournament five straight seasons. In her final season, she was named District l Converse/WBCA Coach of the Year and coached the Division III Champion Player of the Year, Margie O’Brien.              

At UMass, Barbara had a three-year record of 34-49 while coaching in the highly competitive Atlantic 10 Conference. During her tenure at UMass, that conference frequently had three teams ranked in the top twenty.              

Her accomplishments have not gone unnoticed. Stevens has been the WBCA Division II National Coach of the Year an unprecedented four times (1992, 1999, 2001 and this past season) and has been voted Northeast-10 Coach of the Year 13 times (1988-89, 1991-93, 1996-2001, 2003 and 2011) She was also named the Division II Coach of the Year by the American Women’s Sports Federation following the 1988-89 season, and was the WBCA District One Coach of the Year annually from 1991-93, again from 1999-2001, in 2003 and the last two years.              

Stevens was one of 100 members of the charter induction class into the New England Basketball Hall of Fame in October 2002, and both the Clark and Bridgewater State Halls of Fame have also called her name.              

In 2002, Stevens was presented with the prestigious Carol Eckman Award from the Women’s Basketball Coaches Association, given for sportsmanship, commitment to the student-athlete, honesty, ethical behavior, courage and dedication to purpose.              

In July 1994, she traveled to France and Israel as an assistant coach for the USA Select Team, marking the second straight summer she was involved in USA Basketball. In 1993, she was an assistant coach for the West team at the U.S. Olympic Festival.             

Barbara, 58, is a native of Southbridge. She resides in Waltham.

 The Stevens Record 

YEAR

COLLEGE

RECORD

PCT

1977-78

Clark

18-3

.857

1978-79

Clark

23-5

.821

1979-80

Clark

21-8

.724

1980-81

Clark

18-11

.621

1981-82

Clark

22-7

.759

1982-83

Clark

21-8

.724

1983-84

Massachusetts

10-17

.370

1984-85

Massachusetts

13-15

.464

1985-86

Massachusetts

11-17

.393

1986-87

Bentley

24-5

.828

1987-88

Bentley

28-4

.875

1988-89

Bentley

31-3

.912

1989-90

Bentley

31-4

.886

1990-91

Bentley

33-3

.917

1991-92

Bentley

31-2

.939

1992-93

Bentley

30-4

.882

1993-94

Bentley

25-6

.806

1994-95

Bentley

22-8

.733

1995-96

Bentley

28-3

.903

1996-97

Bentley

27-7

.794

1997-98

Bentley

30-2

.938

1998-99

Bentley

32-3

.914

1999-00

Bentley

27-4

.871

2000-01

Bentley

31-3

.912

2001-02

Bentley

20-9

.690

2002-03

Bentley

33-3

.917

2003-04

Bentley

23-8

.742

2004-05

Bentley

28-8

.778

2005-06

Bentley

20-13

.606

2006-07

Bentley

23-8

.742

2007-08

Bentley

19-11

.633

2008-09

Bentley

21-12

.636

2009-10

Bentley

19-11

.633

2010-11

Bentley

28-5

.848

2011-12

Bentley

31-4

.886

2012-13

Bentley

30-2

.938

Totals

36 years

882-246

.782

 

 

 

 

By School

 

 

 

1977-83

Clark (6 Years)

123-42

.745

1983-86

Massachusetts (3 Years)

34-49

.410

1986-

Bentley (27 Years)

725-155

.824

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