Memphis Recommends Stephens for Coaching Position
May 22, 2013
MEMPHIS - Amy Stephens, who has 17 years of head coaching experience at the collegiate level, has been recommended to join the University of Memphis women's basketball program as Associate Head Coach. Memphis women's head coach Melissa McFerrin made the announcement on Wednesday.
Stephens' hiring is pending the approval of the University of Memphis and the Tennessee State Board of Regents.
"Amy will be involved in many areas of our program but her abilities will be highlighted in our defensive system, post player development and recruiting," McFerrin said. "I'm looking forward to working with Amy as a trusted colleague and as someone who knows the responsibilities, demands and opportunities of running high level program."
Stephens joins the Memphis coaching staff after spending the past season as an assistant on the staff at Saint Louis University.
Prior to joining the Saint Louis staff, she compiled a 151-130 record in nine seasons as the head coach at Drake. The Bulldogs earned an NCAA Tournament berth in 2007, and the 2011-12 team made the program's fourth WNIT appearance under Stephens' guidance. The 2007-08 Drake squad was 23-11 and captured the Missouri Valley Conference regular-season title.
Stephens was named Drake's head coach after one year as an assistant coach at Nebraska and eight years as head coach at Nebraska-Kearney, where she assembled a 197-43 ledger and earned a master's degree.
The 1991 Nebraska graduate carries a 17-year career mark of 348-173. Stephens also spent two seasons as an assistant coach at Iowa State, one season as an assistant coach at Omaha (Neb.) South High School and one year as a student assistant coach at Nebraska.
A Big 8 first-team All-Conference selection and Kodak All-District choice in 1989, Stephens ranks third in points and steals and fourth in assists and 3-point field goals on the Nebraska career charts. She was a member of the 1989 U.S. National Team and played professionally in the Women's Basketball League in Germany.