Stephens inks Three-Year Deal at Cheyney
July 16, 2009
Cheyney University Men’s Basketball Coach Dominique Stephens has signed a three year contract extension to be permanent head coach. Last season, as interim head coach, Stephens guided the Wolves to the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference post season tournament compiling an 18-9 mark along the way.
He also led the Wolves to a victory over Division I Delaware State. It was the first time in more than 20 years that Cheyney had knocked off a DI opponent.
On the signing of his contact Cheyney athletic director China Jude stated, “Coach Stephens has demonstrated his commitment not only to the athletic department’s success but to the University. He is a strong teacher, administrator and role model for our student athletes. We are very proud of his contribution and are happy that he has committed to remain at Cheyney.”
Prior to being named head coach, Stephens spent the previous five seasons as an assistant coach under Cleo Hill Jr. The Philadelphia native is the younger brother of Cheyney University women’s head coach and former Temple All-American Marilyn Stephens and the father of Cheyney standout Dominique Curry.
As a player, Stephens was a part of championship teams from Philadelphia and Durham, NC. He was a member of the Dobbins High School Football team and 1984 basketball team that consisted of Doug Overton, Bo Kimble, and the late Hank Gathers. That famous hoop squad went onto win the Philadelphia Public League Championship.
After high school, Stephens enrolled at North Carolina Central University. As a sophomore, NCCU posted a 26-3 mark. The following year the Eagles won the NCAA Division II title with a 28-4 season. During his senior year, NCCU went 28-5.
Stephens was inducted into the North Carolina Central University Hall of Fame in 1995.
After college Stephens signed to play professionally in the Philippians Basketball League. He also played with the Lancaster Storm of the Eastern Basketball League.
Stephens earned his Bachelors of Science in Mathematics from NCCU in 1992. He earned a Masters of Science in Human Services from Springfield College in 2002.