Mona Stevens is in her eighth season at the helm of Utah softball.
April 13, 2004
Utah Head Softball Coach Mona Stevens recently reached a major plateau in her coaching career. On April 10, 2004, Stevens earned her 250th career victory after Utah defeated long time rival Brigham Young 9-8 in Provo, Utah. Stevens went into the doubleheader with 249 victories and had to hold out until the second game since BYU defeated Utah 5-4 in the first contest.
"I haven't even thought about it to tell you the truth," said Stevens. "I don't follow those kinds of stats for me in part. I'm more concerned about the athlete's individual and team stats. I should thank the teams I've had for getting me the wins."
The Provo, Utah, native has led Utah to three NCAA Regional appearances, two Mountain West Conference Tournament titles and one MWC regular season championship. In her eighth season at the helm of the Utah softball program, Stevens has had three All-Americans and 10 all-West Region honorees. She has also produced two MWC Players of the Year in Kristin Arbogast and Lyndsey Trevis.
Aside from the accolades on the field, Stevens has also seen her teams succeed in the classroom. Recently Melissa Stahnke earned her second Verizon Academic All-District award. Stahnke first received the honor in 2002 with fellow teammate Molly McLean.
In 2000, Stevens was presented with the Don Reddish Coach of the Year award after leading Utah to a 42-23 record and No. 20 ranking in the final USA Today/NFCA poll. The award is given to the coach of a non-revenue sport at the U., who is deemed to have had the best overall season. That same season, the Utes advanced to the NCAA Sweet 16.
Stevens has been a coach for several years, having worked at the international, national and collegiate levels. Before joining the Utes, she served as an associate head coach at UMass and had just been named head coach before she accepted the position at Utah. She began her coaching career as an assistant at Utah from 1981-84. Between her time as an assistant and as the head coach, Stevens has coached 10 of the 13 All-Americans at Utah.
Besides finding success in the coaching ranks, Stevens also found it on the playing field. To date, she is the only Ute to belong to the both the .300 and 1.50 clubs, meaning she is the only player in Utah softball history to hit more than .300 and have an ERA under 1.50.
During her free time, you can find Stevens playing the guitar and singing with her band Sister Wives. The band was recently voted one of the three best new bands in Utah by the Salt Lake City Weekly.