Jan. 2, 2013
NEWPORT NEWS, Va. – The Atlantic 10 Conference is mourning the loss of Bill Stevens, who served as the league’s Coordinator of Volleyball Officials for 15 years. Stevens passed away Sunday at the age of 70.
Stevens was hired as the A-10’s Coordinator of Volleyball Officials in 1997. He filled the same role with both the Patriot and Ivy Leagues, joining those conferences in 2001 and 2006 respectively. He also served as the president of the College Supervisors of Volleyball Officials Association and as a Philadelphia Board of Volleyball Officials rules interpreter. Well respected throughout the volleyball community, he was a recipient of the Leader in Volleyball award and the Glenn Davies Service Award from USA Volleyball.
“We are all saddened by the loss of Bill, whose experience and professionalism were among the best in collegiate volleyball,” said A-10 Commissioner Bernadette V. McGlade. “His commitment to the Atlantic 10 over the past 15 years played a significant role in the growth of volleyball in the conference. We will miss him.”
Stevens refereed seven USA Volleyball National Open Championship matches and was a USA-National referee for nearly 30 years. He also worked NCAA National Championships in all three divisions, and played an integral role in evaluating and certifying referees for USA Volleyball from 1988 to 2000. Stevens assisted in building an agreement between the Canadian Federation and USA Volleyball that allows referees to cross borders and work for the other federation
A U. S. Army veteran and graduate of Widener University (then known as Pennsylvania Military College), Stevens had a 30-year career as a commercial banker. He also served two terms on the Doylestown, Pa. Borough Council.
Funeral services will be held Jan. 7 at Doylestown Presbyterian Church. Visitation is from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m., with services at 11 a.m. Interment will be at Washington’s Crossing National Cemetery at 1 p.m.