Lady Royals Basketball
Years at DCHS
Diamond State Coach of the Year
By: Eric Reiske // March 15th, 2015 // Stories
Delmarva Christian High School Girls Basketball Coach Sharon Stevens was selected as the Diamond State Conference Coach of the Year. The honor is a fitting one as Stevens led the Lady Royals to an Eastern Shore Independent Athletic Conference (ESIAC) championship and a slot in the state championship as well.
Though winning was exhilarating, Stevens was never motivated by the hope of a championship season. Her goal was to return fun and passion to the game for the players she would coach. “This was a phenomenal group of girls,” Stevens said with a smile. She knew the team had potential and found each team member brought a great attitude that really balanced the team.
“We were doing okay, but I thought we could go deeper.” – Sharon Stevens
Coach Stevens wanted the team to find their strengths and remembers the turning point during a mid-season meeting. “We were doing okay, but I thought we could go deeper,” she remembered. During the meeting she took time to tell the players their strengths. The effort was rewarded with a more focused and poised team that exhibited teamwork and sportsmanship.
Character was an important attribute during the past championship season and Stevens considers winning the conference sportsmanship award as well as the championship to be an indicator of the success of the DCHS girls basketball program. Maybe the true measure of the impact Coach Sharon Stevens had on the Lady Royals is found in the clear message written on a card the team gave her at the end of the season. It read, “Thank you for helping us gain respect.”