Jan. 3, 2013
CENTER VALLEY, Pa. - The Patriot League is mourning the loss of Bill Stevens, who served as the conference’s Coordinator of Volleyball Officials for 12 years. Stevens passed away Sunday at the age of 70.
Stevens was hired by the Patriot League in 2001. He filled the same role with both the Atlantic-10 conference and Ivy League, joining those conferences in 1997 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.
"On behalf of the volleyball coaches and the staff at the Patriot League, we extend our most sincere condolences to Bill Stevens' family and loved ones," Patriot League Executive Director Carolyn Schlie Femovich said. "Bill was a highly respected volleyball official and assignor, and provided a high level of officiating for Patriot League volleyball programs for more many years. Bill’s dedication to the sport and service to the Patriot League was respected and greatly appreciated by all with whom he worked."
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.