Women of Troy fields team in inaugural season for NCAA sport.
USC scheduled to begin new sport in spring of 2012.
Dulcie "Cookie" Stevens begins her first season in a dual role with the USC women's volleyball program as assistant coach for the sand program. She has spent seven seasons as assistant coach for the indoor program.
For the indoor team, she is in charge of training the middle blockers while also assisting with recruiting and general administrative duties.
Stevens spent six seasons (1999-2004) as the head coach at Florida International, where she guided the Golden Panthers to an appearance in the 2001 NCAA Tournament. She was named 2001 AVCA South Region Coach of the Year, as well as the Sun Belt Conference Coach of the Year after FIU finished with a 24-8 record.
Prior to her stint at FIU, she was the head boys and girls coach at Westminster Christian High in Miami for two years (1997-1999), where she led the Warriors to two district championships and two Southern Conference crowns while advancing to the regional finals.
Before that, Stevens served as head coach at Miami-Dade Community College for 18 seasons (1979-1997). She compiled an impressive 540 total victories in 21 seasons at Miami-Dade, where she was twice honored as National Junior College Athletic Association National Coach of the Year (1986-1989) and 1988 AVCA Coach of the Year. She coached 18 JC All-Americans, four NJCAA National Tournament most valuable players and three Academic All-Americans while winning eight consecutive state championships and two national titles.
She played for two years as a middle blocker at San Diego State (1977-1978) where she earned All-America honors and was voted as the team's most valuable player in 1978. She earned a bachelor's degree from FIU in 1981 and a master's degree in 1989 from Nova Southeastern University.
In the summer of 2007, she coached her 15 Open SCVC club team to the gold medal at the Junior Olympics.
Stevens and her husband, Pete, have two sons, Sam and Tyler. Sam completed his volleyball career at Ohio State in 2007 and works at USC in the Viterbi Engineering department as a computer programmer while Tyler transferred to USC from Ohio State and graduated with a degree in communications and minor in screen writing in 2010.