July 9, 2008
DeKalb, Illinois – Northern Illinois head men’s basketball coach Ricardo Patton announced on Wednesday that he has hired former Alaska Anchorage standout Scott Stevens as the Huskies’ new Director of Basketball Operations.
“Scott Stevens has a great deal of energy and a tremendous work ethic,” Patton said. “More importantly, he’s a quality young man who really fits the needs the needs of our program.”
Stevens, who spent the last two seasons as a graduate assistant coach at Northern State University, replaces Will Smith who was promoted to assistant coach last month.
“I’m excited to work with someone as respected as Coach Patton,” Stevens said. “I’ve followed his squads for a long time and look forward being a part of the Huskie program.”
Stevens is the second former graduate assistant from Northern State on the Huskie staff, joining assistant coach Sundance Wicks. Both honed their skills under legendary Northern State head coach Don Meyer. Meyer has won 891 basketball games during his career and is second to only Bob Knight in NCAA history.
Prior to his stint at Northern State, Stevens was an assistant coach at Otero Junior College in La Junta, Colorado from 2004-06. While there, Stevens served as both the perimeter coach and recruiting coordinator.
Stevens played two seasons for Alaska Anchorage from 2002-04 and was named the team captain and scholar-athlete his senior year.
The Huskies return five lettermen in 2008-09, including 2008 MAC Freshman of the Year, Darion Anderson (Chicago, Ill./Carver Military Academy).