Stevens becomes assistant AD for Mavs’ club sports
A.J. Stevens built the Colorado Mesa men’s lacrosse program into a winner.
Now, he’ll help build CMU’s club and emerging sports into successful programs. Stevens was named the assistant director of athletics for competitive club sports Tuesday. He will begin his new duties July 1.
“I’m excited about the new challenges I have,” he said.
Stevens will oversee cycling, men’s hockey, rodeo, rugby and alpine and nordic skiing. He’ll help the coaches with recruiting and increase the number of student-athletes in those sports.
“Even though cycling is competitive, we’d like to get to Division I,” Colorado Mesa Athletic Director Tom Spicer said. “We also need to be more aggressive for skiing and rodeo. We need to bolster our effort to recruit those students.”
Spicer said Stevens was an ideal fit for the position because of his ability to recruit.
“Most of those programs are coached by part-time individuals,” Spicer said. “It’s a better move to take the strength of one person that is a builder to help with that.”
Colorado Mesa has 29 programs (NCAA and club) in its athletic department.
Stevens has coached the men’s lacrosse program since its inception in 2011. He coached the Mavericks to the Western Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association title and was selected the WILA coach of the year in 2012. Stevens was 31-21 in four years. He has a career coaching record of 74-45.
“We’ve come a long way in four years,” Stevens said. “We’re one of the top teams in the nation now. I feel like I did a lot of that, bringing in a lot of (athletes). You hear a lot of coaches leave and there’s not a lot of talent left. The cupboard is definitely full (at Mesa).”
Spicer said he will begin a search for the men’s lacrosse coach.