By J.T. Wilcox, Sports Information Director Florida Memorial,
MIAMI GARDENS, Fla. – Florida Memorial University women’s basketball head coach Gregory Stanback announced the addition of former University of Miami assistant coach Krystal Stevens to his coaching staff Friday.
Stevens, who also had a successful playing career at the Miami before beginning her coaching career, fills the void on Stanback’s staff created when former assistant and FMU alumnus Taylor Payne left the program to become the head girls’ basketball coach at Bartow High School – high school alma mater.
Stanback spoke highly of Stevens and is excited to see how she’ll impact the program.
“Bringing in a person like Krystal means a lot to me and to Florida Memorial University,” Stanback said. “This is a great hire. She has a wealth of experience as a player – having played at the D-I level – and she has quickly become a very valuable and knowledgeable coach that is well-known in the basketball coaching community. “Can’t wait to have her on the bench with us this season.”
Prior to joining the Lions, Stevens, who previously went by Krystal Saunders, worked as one of the assistant women’s basketball coaches at Johnson and Wales University North Miami Campus. Her role consisted of player development with the guards, preparing practice plans, scouting, recruiting, and offensive coordinator. She helped lead the team to its first conference championship in school’s history within four years of being a part of the staff.
During her tenure with now-defunct JWU, Stevens helped develop two Sun Conference Player of the Year Award winners, three All-Sun Conference First Team honorees, multiple TSC All-Academic honorees, and one Sun Conference Freshman of the Year award winner.
Stevens’ coaching career began when she was hired at her collegiate alma mater, the University of Miami, as the coordinator of player development – organizing practices, tracking runs during games, overseeing player programs, logging in-game scoring, and more.
A 2014 graduate of the University of Miami, Stevens made the NCAA Tournament in three of her four years as a Hurricane and was a member of the 2010-11 team that won the ACC regular season title. A former Miss Florida Basketball at South Broward High School, Saunders started 65 games in her college career and was the lone player to start every game in 2013-14, when she averaged 8.8 points as a senior. That season, she led the Hurricanes in 3-pointers made (70), free throw percentage (77.5 percent) and minutes per game (31.5).
The West Park, Florida native recorded 70 makes from beyond the arc in 2013-14 to rank fifth in program history. Stevens concluded her career at Miami ninth on the school’s all-time list with 132 made 3-pointers.