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Heather StephensAssistant Coach
College: Wyoming ('03)
Start Date: Jun 2003
The 2012-13 campaign will be Heather Stephens' 10th season as an assistant coach on the Lady Flames' basketball coaching staff. The longest-tenured assistant coach in program history, her responsibilities include on-the-court player development, academics, equipment coordination and recruiting. Stephens also assists with scouting and game preparation for perimeter play.
In her role as academic coordinator, Stephens has helped Liberty rank among the country's top 14 women's basketball teams in grade-point average on three occasions. In 2006-07, the Lady Flames recorded a 3.508 team GPA, ranking No. 7 nationally. Stephens has also seen a pair of student-athletes, Megan Frazee and Kristal Tharp, become CoSIDA Academic All-Americans during her time with the Lady Flames. During the 2008-09 season, Frazee became the Lady Flames' first-ever first team Academic All-American.
Liberty has flourished on the court as well, during Stephens' first nine seasons on staff. The Lady Flames have gone 220-71 during the span, with seven Big South Championships to their credit and a NCAA "Sweet 16" appearance in 2005.
Stephens was recognized by CollegeInsider.com in November 2011, when she was ranked No. 7 on the website's list of the Top 25 Mid-Major Women's College Basketball Assistants.
Prior to arriving at Liberty, Stephens was a member of the Wyoming Cowgirl women's basketball program. As a senior at Wyoming, Stephens played for the Cowgirl squad which defeated Montana in the first round of the Women's National Invitation Tournament (WNIT). The team achieved the second-highest win total in program history and had the highest grade-point average among all Division I schools.
Stephens received her bachelor's degree in secondary education with an emphasis in chemistry from Wyoming in 2003 and is pursuing a master's degree in human relations from Liberty.
"As each new season begins, the challenge becomes to allow God to write the story without focusing on the past or hypothetical futures," Stephens stated. "We have a goal in mind, a place we want to be at the end; but I have learned through watching my son grow that although the end is important, it should never blind you to the daily miracles God chooses to work. This team has a special story to share and it is my prayer that the players, coaches and all who are involved with our program will enjoy watching God's story for this team unfold!"
"Heather brings an enthusiasm and excitement from a player's perspective to the coaching ranks," head coach Carey Green said. "She's been a student of the game, which provides valuable insight for our players. Heather has been a tremendous asset in so many areas, which has established a standard of excellence in our program. I firmly believe Heather's development and contributions as a coach have been major keys to the success of our program."
Stephens, who hails from Monument, Colo., is married to Jesse Stephens. The couple currently lives in the Lynchburg area with their two dogs, Thunder and Nala. They gave birth to their first child, Matthew David, in January 2011.