PRINCETON, N.J. -- The Ivy League is mourning the loss of Bill Stevens, who served as the League's Coordinator of Volleyball Officials for the last seven seasons. Stevens passed away Sunday at the age of 70.
Stevens was hired as the Ivy's first full-time Coordinator of Volleyball Officiating in March 2006. He filled the same role with both the Atlantic 10 and the Patriot League, joining those conferences in 1997 and 2001, 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 deeply saddened by the passing of Bill Stevens," said Ivy League Executive Director Robin Harris. "Bill was an excellent coordinator who served the Ivy League with tremendous dedication. His contributions to the sport of volleyball and its officiating were far-reaching through his work with several conferences and USA Volleyball. He showed the same dedication in his community through local government and other organizations. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Stevens family during this difficult time."
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 and was also a baseball umpire on the youth, high school and collegiate levels.
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.