Averett University President Dr. Tiffany Franks announced today that Meg Stevens will serve as the University's new director of athletics. Stevens, who is the assistant director of athletics, senior woman administrator and head coach for women’s lacrosse at Buffalo State, will begin her new duties in mid-August.
Stevens has served as Buffalo State’s assistant director of athletics since 2009 and has spent the past 11 years as the women’s lacrosse head coach, director of the CHAMPS/Life Skills Program and as the advisor for the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC). She joins the department of athletics during an exciting time in which the university has several major athletics facilities planned — including a $6.5 million sports complex for football and soccer, a new tennis complex and a new athletic training center, as part of its $25 million capital campaign.
“We are delighted to have Meg lead our department of athletics,” Franks said. “She brings to us a versatile perspective as a head coach, administrator and advisor who will provide a tremendous focus on the student-athlete experience in the classroom, in the community and in competition.”
As assistant director of athletics at Buffalo State, Stevens helped elevate student-athlete prominence on campus and in the community through increased community service efforts. She also served as an advisor for several major athletics facilities projects and executed an extensive fundraising initiative for the lacrosse program.
“I am honored President Franks selected me to join her administrative team,” Stevens said. “This is a career aspiration of mine, and I believe Averett is a perfect fit. Averett athletics has a solid foundation, and I am excited to begin working with faculty, staff and students as we grow our programs and facilities, as well as strengthen our community both on and off campus. The student-athlete experience has always been important to me, and it will remain a priority in my work at Averett.”
In addition to her administrative duties, Stevens achieved success on the field, building her lacrosse program into a perennial contender. In 11 seasons at Buffalo State, she accumulated an overall record of 109-65 (.626) and led the Bengals to the State University of New York Athletic Conference postseason six of the last eight years. In 2012, her team finished ranked in the top 20 and made its first NCAA Tournament appearance. She is a two-time SUNYAC Coach of the Year and was the U.S. Lacrosse Regional Coach of the Year in 2004.
Prior to her time at Buffalo State, Stevens interned as a special events coordinator with the Women’s Sports Foundation and with the Eastern College Athletic Association. Additionally, she served as a chair for the NCAA's Student-Athlete Advisory Committee and was a member of the NCAA Committee on Women’s Athletics, the NCAA Division III Task Force and the Cortland Intercollegiate Athletics Board. As a player at Cortland, she helped the Red Dragons to three consecutive SUNYAC championships as well as three straight trips to the NCAA Tournament.
A native of Delmar, N.Y., Stevens received her bachelor's degree in recreation and leisure management with a minor in sports management from SUNY Cortland and earned her master's degree in student personnel administration from Buffalo State.
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