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Stephens Among Top Mid-Major Assistants

November 16, 2011
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Heather Stephens, in her ninth year as an assistant coach for the Liberty women's basketball team, was named one of the nation's Top 25 Mid-Major Women's College Basketball Assistants.

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Heather Stephens, beginning her ninth year as an assistant coach for the Liberty women's basketball team, has been ranked No. 7 on CollegeInsider.com's list of the Top 25 Mid-Major Women's College Basketball Assistants.

The article was penned by Jason Belzer, who wrote of Stephens: "Entering her 9th season on the Lady Flames' sideline, Stephens has helped build the program into a dominant force in the Big South by assisting them to 196 wins, 6 conference titles, and an appearance in the NCAA Sweet 16 in 2005."

Liberty head coach Carey Green remarked, "Heather has been an anchor to establishing the success of our program. She works on the critical details of daily requirements as well as major challenges and projects with concern, care and excellent precision. She strengthens our goal of developing women of excellence as she models and makes personal investments in each player's life.

"I am appreciative and proud to have Heather serve as a role model as well as assist in the development of Champions for Christ.  Heather is a dependable working and moving part in the focus of honoring  and glorifying God in our program."

Stephens, the longest-tenured assistant coach in the 37-year history of Liberty women's basketball, serves the Lady Flames in a variety of capacities. Her responsibilities include on-the-court player development, academics, equipment coordination and recruiting. Stephens also assists with scouting and game preparation for perimeter play, as well as serving as summer camp coordinator.

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.

Stephens has helped guide the Lady Flames to a 1-1 record to start the 2011-12 season. Liberty returns to the court Friday at 7 p.m., with a game at North Carolina A&T.