Stevens Leaving Buffalo State to Become Director of Athletics at Averett University
Tuesday July 23, 2013 | By:Community Papers of WNY Staff | News
Meg Stevens is stepping down from her post as the head women’s lacrosse coach, assistant director of athletics and Senior Woman Administrator at Buffalo State to take on the role of director of athletics at Averett University in Danville, Virginia.
Stevens transformed Buffalo State’s women’s lacrosse team into a nationally recognized program, accumulating an overall record of 109-65 (.626) in her 11 seasons at the helm. In 2012, she led the squad to its first –ever NCAA playoff berth, including a first round victory and an appearance in the NCAA “Sweet 16”. Stevens also guided the Bengals to seven SUNYAC playoff appearances and a 2009 regular season title.
Stevens created and ran the Buffalo State ChAMPS Life Skills program for the past 11 years, coordinating programming for student-athletes aimed at their holistic development dealing with topics including time and stress management, leadership, relationships, finance management, healthy eating, drug and alcohol abuse and more. She was also instrumental in the department’s community outreach initiatives, serving as the liaison for the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee.
In 2009, Stevens was promoted to Assistant Director of Athletics for Student Services and later added responsibilities of overseeing the men’s and women’s soccer and volleyball programs. In 2012, she was named the Senior Woman Administrator to oversee all issues pertaining to gender equity.
“I am appreciative to the administration, faculty, staff, and students at Buffalo State who have helped shape me professionally and impact my life over the past 11 years,” said Stevens. “I sincerely thank the Athletics staff and all of our former and current student-athletes for making me part of their Buffalo State family. The Women’s Lacrosse program will always hold a special place in my heart, and I am fully confident they will continue on the path of success in the years to come. ”
“I am very enthusiastic about this new opportunity at Averett. Being a Director of Athletics is my dream job, and I am excited to start this new career venture.”
“Megan has had a tremendous impact on the lives of countless student-athletes during her 11 years at Buffalo State,” said director of athletics Jerry Boyes. “I am disappointed to lose such a valuable member of our staff, but at the same time I am very excited for Megan as she embarks on this great opportunity and wish her continued success in her new endeavor.”
Averett sponsors 15 athletic programs and competes in NCAA Division III as a member of the USA South Conference.
Assistant coach Kelsey Schwan has been promoted to interim head coach.
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