Cookie Stevens Named USC Women's Volleyball Assistant Coach

June 2, 2005

LOS ANGELES -- Dulcie 'Cookie' Stevens has been named assistant coach for the USC women's volleyball team, head coach Mick Haley announced today. She will assist with recruiting and day-to-day training for the Women of Troy.

Stevens spent six seasons (1999-2004) as the head coach at Florida International, where she guided the Golden Panthers to an appearance in the 2001 NCAA Tournament. She was named 2001 AVCA South Region Coach of the Year, as well as the Sun Belt Conference Coach of the Year after FIU finished with a 24-8 record.

'Cookie has been a world-class player and one of the top coaches at the junior college and senior college levels,' said Haley. 'She brings a presence to our staff of quality and success. Our players will get a strong role model with her and a person that loves to compete. She will help us in our goal to bring home another national championship.'

Prior to her stint at FIU, she was the head boys and girls coach at Westminster Christian High in Miami for four years (1996-99), where she led the Warriors to two district championships and two Southern Conference crowns while advancing to the regional finals.

Before that, Stevens served as head coach at Miami-Dade Community College for 18 seasons (1979-96). She compiled an impressive 540 total victories in 21 seasons at Miami-Dade, where she was twice honored as National Junior College Athletic Association National Coach of the Year (1986-89) and 1988 AVCA Coach of the Year. She coached 18 JC All-Americans, four NJCAA National Tournament most valuable players and three Academic All-Americans while winning eight consecutive state championships and two national titles.

Stevens played for three years at San Diego State (1977-79) and was voted as the team's most valuable player in 1977. She earned a bachelor's degree from FIU in 1981 and a master's degree in 1989 from Nova Southeastern University.

The USC women's volleyball team finished the 2004 season with a 23-6 overall record, losing to Minnesota in a semifinal match at the NCAA Final Four. The Women of Troy will open the 2005 season in Honolulu, Hawaii, in a four-team tournament (Sept. 1-3) featuring host Hawai'i, Penn State and Western Michigan.

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