Kevin Kovacs and Lindsay Stergio to Head USA U20 and U21 Teams throughout 2018

Kevin Kovacs

Kevin Kovacs

Gallaudet University’s Kevin Kovacs has been selected as the men’s basketball head coach for the U-20 and U-21 teams that will compete for the gold in Bolivia in October 2017 and Washington D.C. in July 2018, respectively.

Kovacs, in his second year as the Bison’s head coach, led Gallaudet to 20-6 record this season, a school record for the most wins in a season. Under Kovacs, the 2016-2017 Bisons earned their first ever NEAC Men’s Basketball South Division regular season championship, which is by far, Gallaudet’s most successful season in their men’s basketball history.

Kovacs’ efforts in building Gallaudet’s team defense has elevated Gallaudet as one of the Division III top programs. Gallaudet men’s team is ranked No.3 in NCAA Division III for field goal percentage defense (36.7) and 3-point field goal defense (28.8). The Bisons are also ranked seventh in defensive rebounds per game (31.36) and ninth in blocks (134) and blocks per game (5.4). In addition to the team’s success, Kovacs’ peers voted him the NEAC Coach of the Year.

Kovacs arrived Gallaudet from California School for the Deaf-Fremont where he was Athletic Director for eight years (2007-15) and served as the boys’ basketball head coach the last two years of his career there. He was named Coach of the Year after California School for the Deaf-Fremont won the North Coast section title in 2014.

Kovacs is no stranger to international basketball. He served as an assistant coach to former Gallaudet University Head Coach and current Maryland School for the Deaf James DeStefano, on the USA Deaf Basketball men’s team that earned a silver medal at the 2015 World Deaf Basketball Championships in Taoyuan, Taiwan.

Kovacs graduated from Gallaudet in 1995 with a bachelor’s degree in government and secondary education. Two years later, he earned his master’s in deaf education. As an undergraduate he played one season for the Gallaudet men’s basketball team in 1994-95. He served as a Gallaudet men’s basketball assistant coach for two seasons (1995-97).

Kovacs is married to Estella Bustamante, who graduated from Gallaudet in 1991, and they have two children (Esteban and Estelina).

Sources: Gallaudet Athletics. Gallaudet University, 23 Feb. 2017 and 15, July 2015, www.gallaudetathletics.com

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Lindsay Stergio

Lindsay Stergio

USA Deaf Basketball is proud to announce Lindsay Stergio as their head coach for the U-20 and U-21 women’s teams. This will be Stergio’s first stint as a head coach at any level, although she brings a wealth of experience to her new job. Stergio is currently in her third year as an assistant coach for the Maryland School for the Deaf girls’ basketball team.

A native of Montville, Conn., Stergio began her collegiate basketball career at Southern Connecticut State University (Div. II) as a freshman and continued her athletic career as a sophomore at Eastern Connecticut State University (Div. III). Stergio transferred for the third time, this time to Gallaudet University, where she closed out her illustrious career as a two-year starter for the Bison team under Coach Stephanie Stevens.

In her final year of college play, Stergio played in 26 games for the 2013-2014 Bison team and averaged 18.7 points per game, 3.1 assists per game and 1.2 steals per game. She finished the season with 487 points, 261 rebounds, 80 assists, 32 steals and 14 blocks. Nationally, she ranked 41st in the country for points per game (18.7) and 31st in double-doubles (14). Stergio led the Bisons in five different statistical categories and ranks in the Top 10 for eight different NEAC statistical categories. Stergio scored double digits in 25 games, 14 of those she reached 20 points or more and had 14 double-doubles.

Lindsay was named to the 2013-14 Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Division III upstate Women’s Basketball All-Star second team. Stergio was the only North eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) player to earn ECAC All-Star status. She was also honored as an NEAC Women’s Basketball Student-Athlete of the week on the week of February 10 and was named to the D3 hoops.com All-Atlantic Third Team.

Stergio’s exposure to deaf international basketball began when her mother encouraged her to attend the tryout showcase for the U.S.A. Deaflympics women’s basketball team in Las Vegas, Nevada in the summer of 2012. There, Stergio got her first taste of competing against deaf and hard of hearing basketball players from across the country. Her mother’s advice paid off, as Stergio was the starting forward for the 2013 USA Deaf Basketball women’s team in Sofia, Bulgaria. There, she and the USA women’s squad recaptured the gold medal in Sofia, Bulgaria, that USA had lost four years earlier at the 2009 Deaflympics.

In July 2014, Lindsay was selected to travel with the USA Division III basketball team as they competed in Brazil against professional basketball players.

After graduating cum laude from Gallaudet University in May 2015, Stergio continued her international basketball career by being selected to the 2015 USA Women’s National Team for the World Deaf Basketball Championships in Taoyuan, Taiwan. In Taiwan, she led her team to the gold medal and earned MVP honors, the highest honor bestowed on any player on the international level.

Stergio will be graduating with a master’s degree in Public Administration from Gallaudet University on May 11, 2017.

Sources: Gallaudet Athletics. Gallaudet University, 23 Feb. 2017, www.gallaudet.edu/athletics Gallaudet Athletics. Gallaudet University, 15, July 2015, www.gallaudet.edu/athletics.

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