David Stevenson
David Stevenson
Title: Head Coach
Phone: 607.844.8222, Ext. 4494
Email: dls@tompkinscortland.edu

The 2018-19 season marks the fifth for Coach Stevenson with the women's basketball program. Over the previous four years he has turned the women's program into a consistent playoff team, following a similar track to the one he led while coaching the men's basketball team during the most successful run in the history of that program. In both cases, Stevenson inherited a program in need of rebuilding, and did so quickly. In 2016-17, the Panthers women's team posted the best winning percentage in over a decade, making the playoffs for the second-straight season. He followed that with an even better 2017-18, tyign the program record for wins and winning percentage, and advancing to the Mid-State Athletic Conference championship game for the first time in program history. The Panthers have had at least one all-region selection each of the last three years, and 2018 grad Jaida Washington became the first women's basketball player under Coach Stevenson to earn an NCAA athletic scholarship (to St. Thomas Aquinas College).

During his decade directing the men's program, Coach Stevenson's teams established new records for wins, topping 20 victories three times, and won the Mid-State Athletic Conference championship three times (including his last two seasons). The goals for the women are similar, and the foundation is being laid.

Stevenson joined the men's basketball staff as an assistant in 2003-04, bringing a strong work ethic and knowledge of the game to the floor each night. He is well known for caring for his students both on and off the court, tracking academic progress as well as developing basketball skills. He has worked hard to bring quality players into the program, and to help those players continue their careers at the four-year level. In his time with the program, he has helped players earn scholarships to Mercy College in New York, Drake University in Iowa, and Avila University in Kansas. His former players have also shown up on the rosters at Buffalo State, Oneonta State, Oswego State, Old Westbury College, Morrisville State, Southwestern Oklahoma State, SUNY Fredonia, and Daniel Webster College in New Hampshire. A former standout athlete at Trumansburg High and a college baseball player, Coach Stevenson is Tompkins Cortland's assistant athletic director.