Providence, RI- Former Brown University men's soccer coach Cliff Stevenson received the Bill Jeffrey Collegiate Long-Term Service Award tonight at the 2011 NSCAA Awards Banquet in Baltimore, Md. The award is named after the former Penn State soccer coach who played a major role in shaping soccer and the NSCAA. Each year, the NSCAA presents this award to a person who has raised intercollegiate soccer to new heights through his or her long-term dedication to the game.
Stevenson served as the legendary Bears' coach from 1960-1990, and was just the third coach in Brown's 84-year history. In his 31 years, Stevenson compiled a 251-160-36 overall record, produced 11 consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances from 1968-1978, and a total of 13 from 1963. Four times, in 1968, 1973, 1975 and 1977, Brown has reached the NCAA semi-finals. The Bears won 10 Ivy League titles and seven New England crowns during Stevenson's tenure. The home of the Brown University men's and women's soccer and lacrosse teams, Stevenson Field, was named after Cliff, and has hosted many memorable athletic moments, including several NCAA tournament games for both soccer and lacrosse.
To be eligible for consideration, the nominees for this prestigious award must have been an NSCAA member for at least 15 years, have coached or been an administrator at the intercollegiate level for a minimum of 15 years, and have a history of outstanding long-term service to and/or achievement in intercollegiate soccer. Also, they must have made contributions that have had a positive impact on the improvement, advancement and/or presentation of intercollegiate soccer and have conducted themselves in a way that exemplifies the NSCAA Code of Ethics.