Bentley's Stevens to be Inducted into Clark University Hall of Fame

Bentley women’s basketball coach Barbara Stevens, who was inducted into the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame last April, will be honored by the college where she began her coaching career this weekend.

On Saturday evening (Sept. 16), the winningest women’s basketball coach in Division II history will be enshrined into the Clark University Athletic Hall of Fame during ceremonies at the college’s Higgins University Center in Worcester. Stevens will be one of five members of Clark’s Hall of Fame Class of 2006.        

This will be the fifth Hall of Fame that has inducted Stevens, who’ll begin the 2006-07 season, her 30th as a head coach, with a 711-193 record.  In addition to being enshrined into the Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame in Knoxville, she was  previously inducted into the Bridgewater State Hall of Fame (1993), the New England Basketball Hall of Fame i(2002) and the Bentley Athletic Hall of Fame (2005).

Stevens, after a year as an assistant at Clark in her first year out of Bridgewater State, was named the Cougars’ head coach in 1977. She spent six years at the helm, amassing an impressive 123-42 record with trips to the NCAA Division III Final Four in both 1982 and 1983.    

Her Clark teams reached the postseason five straight years, and captured three Division III state championships. Before moving to UMass in 1983, Stevens was recognized as the Converse/Women’s Basketball Coaches Association Division III District 1 Coach of the Year.        

"It is an honor to be included in this year's class of inductees into the Clark University Athletic Hall of Fame, said Stevens. “Clark will always hold a special place in my heart as I began my coaching career there.  I still have many close friends from Clark and look forward to seeing many of them this Saturday."

Among the other inductees will be one of Stevens’ first players, Becky Sherer ’79.  Stevens, in addition to being inducted herself, will be the presenter for Sherer.

Stevens, after leaving Clark, spent three years at UMass before making the move to Bentley in 1986, where her 20-year record is an amazing 554-102.

Stevens’ tenure at Bentley has included 19 NCAA tournament appearances, 10 NCAA Division II regional championships, 14 Northeast-10 regular season championships, 11 NE-10 playoff titles, nine 30-win seasons and at least 20 victories every year.

Her 711 career wins is the sixth most in NCAA history, trailing only Pat Summitt of Tennessee, Jody Conradt of Texas, C. Vivian Stringer of Rutgers, Philip Kahler of St. John Fisher and Sylvia Hatchell of North Carolina. Of those ahead of her on the all-time win list, only Summitt has averaged more wins per season than Stevens’ 24.5.

Stevens will begin her 21st year at Bentley on Nov. 15 when her team hosts the University of Bridgeport.