(WASHINGTON, DC) – Mayor Vincent C. Gray and District of Columbia Public Schools (DCPS) Chancellor Kaya Henderson announced today that Stephanie Evans, a former college basketball coach with a background in psychology and human services, will serve as DCPS Athletic Director.
“Stephanie Evans brings to her job a keen understanding of the needs of student-athletes in diverse socio-economic environments,” Mayor Gray said. “Her experience in sports, psychology and human services will prepare her well for her duties in enriching the educational experiences of our DCPS student-athletes.”
Evans has 27 years of experience as a basketball player and college coach, and her background in psychology has allowed her to connect with countless players in ways that bring out the best they have to offer.
Most recently, Evans served as the Head of Player Development for the women’s basketball program at the Academy of the Holy Cross in Kensington, Md., where she was responsible for developing the program.
She has also served as head women’s basketball coach at Kentucky State University and Virginia State University.
At the collegiate level, Evans’ responsibilities included budget management, fundraising, scheduling, recruiting, staff supervision and academic advisement. She also coordinated her own community-service initiatives with student-athletes, such as “Adopt a Family,” which provided food for 22 needy families in Petersburg, Va.; and T.R.A.C.K. Reading, a program that focused on improving literacy at the elementary school level.
Evans has also served as an adjunct professor in the Department of Psychology at Virginia State University, where she taught courses in psychology and assisted students with academic and career planning.
In the human-services field, Evans served as program director, clinic supervisor and senior family counselor at Progressive Life Center Inc., which provides behavioral and mental-health services for children, youth and families in Maryland who have experienced negative life events and challenges. She also served as community-resources manager for Maryland Choices, where she established and nurtured partnerships with human-service vendors and providers in an effort to offer wraparound services for children and adolescents with emotional disorders and developmental disabilities and those involved in the Juvenile Services Alternative to Detention program.
Evans holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology and a master’s degree in counseling psychology from Bowie State University in Maryland.