DCPS Chancellor Kaya Henderson has named Stephanie Evans, a former college basketball coach with a background in psychology and human services, as Athletic Director of DC Public Schools. [View video within the DCPS network.]
Evans, a native of Oxon Hill, Md., has 27 years of experience as a basketball player and college coach, and her background in psychology has allowed her to enrich the educational experiences of the diverse student-athletes she has coached, both on and off the playing field.
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 women’s basketball program.
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., a reading 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.