Campus Recreation





       Jill Stephenson

           Title: Assistant Athletic Director/

                   Aquatics Coordinator/ 

                   Head Swimming Coach
           Phone: 410.543.6357
           College: Northern Michigan '83,

                        Southern Illinois Univ '86


Jill Stephenson enters her 14th year as the head coach of the men's and women's swimming programs at Salisbury University. During her tenure, both Sea Gull teams have experienced record-setting individual performances and numerous team successes. 

Last season, under the guidance of Stephenson, the men's team finished in third place, which tied the previous year's performance.  SU finished the season with an overall record of 7-4, 4-2 in conference. The women claimed fourth place honors. Salisbury had six All-CAC performers on the year. Under the tutelage of Stephenson, SU broke 10 men's school records and two women's records in three days at the CAC championships. Sophomore Mike Ferrari became the first male swimmer in seven years to win an event at the CAC championships.  Drew Robichaud was named CAC men's swimmer of the week for the week of January 21. For the first time in the history of the program, the Sea Gulls swept Catholic University. Stephenson had 16 member of her squad named to the 2007-2008 CAC All-Academic Team.

The 2006-07 men's team finished in third place at the Capital Athletic Conference championships, the highest any SU men's team has finished at the CAC championships and broke seven school records in the process. The women's team came in fifth at the CAC championships. Both the men's and women's teams posted 4-4 records in CAC competition in 2006-07.

Salisbury has captured several individual awards in recent seasons, including three conference awards in 2001. Brendan Roddy was the CAC Male Swimmer of the Year; senior Rebecca Mitchell was the CAC Female Swimmer of the Year; and Stephenson was named by her peers as the CAC Women's Coach of the Year. The SU women set a new school record for victories in 2001 with a 7-2 overall mark and registered their best showing in the CAC Championship with a second place finish.

In addition, the Sea Gulls earned another milestone as Mitchell became the first female in team history to compete at the NCAA Championship Meet in 2001.

Under Stephenson's leadership, the men's team registered its best-ever CAC record in 2002 with a 5-2 league record.

The men's and women's teams have virtually rewritten the Sea Gull record book during Stephenson's tenure with over 100 new records since 1995. In addition, under her tutelage, Salisbury produced its first all-American swimmer in 1998 as Chris Bembenek earned honorable mention status in two events at the NCAA Championships. Eight Sea Gull swimmers have met provisional qualifying times for the national championship during the past six seasons.

In addition to her duties as the Salisbury men's and women's coach, Stephenson also works as SU's aquatics director, overseeing teaching and community programs, and as assistant athletics director.

Prior to coming to Salisbury, the Monroe, Mich., native spent six years as the head coach of the men's and women's swimming and cross country teams at Olivet (MI) College. In addition to her coaching duties, Stephenson served as an assistant professor in the Department of Health, Physical Education and Human Performance, served as aquatics director and was assistant athletics director overseeing the women's athletics program.

In 1992, Stephenson joined the American Red Cross as its emergency and health services director for the Calhoun County Chapter in Battle Creek, Mich. While working for the Red Cross, she remained active in swimming as an adjunct faculty member in aquatics at Kellogg Community College and also coached at several camps and clinics throughout the Midwest.

Stephenson earned her Bachelor of Science in physical education from Northern Michigan University in 1983, where she was a four-year swimming letterwinner and received her master's in sports management from Southern Illinois University in 1986. In addition to working as an assistant coach at her alma mater for one season, Stephenson served as an assistant coach at Southern Illinois for two years prior to joining the staff at Olivet College.


Coach Stephenson's Record at SU

Year     Men's Record     Women's Record     Highlight
1995-96     2-6, 2-5 CAC     4-6, 3-5 CAC     Men 5th in CAC, Women 6th in CAC 
1996-97     1-6, 1-5 CAC     3-5-1, 2-4-1 CAC      
1997-98     2-6, 2-4 CAC     5-5, 4-3 CAC     Men 4th in CAC, Women 4th in CAC   
1998-99     3-5, 3-3 CAC     5-5, 4-3 CAC     Men 4th in CAC, Women 4th in CAC   
1999-2000     4-4, 4-2 CAC      6-4, 5-2 CAC     Men 4th in CAC, Women 3rd in CAC   
2000-01     3-4, 3-3 CAC     7-2, 6-1 CAC     Men 5th in CAC, Women 2nd in CAC   
2001-02     5-4, 5-2 CAC     6-4, 5-2 CAC      Men 4th in CAC, Women 4th in CAC   
2002-03     3-6, 3-4 CAC      3-7, 2-5 CAC      Men 6th in CAC, Women 7th in CAC   
2003-04     3-6, 3-4 CAC     5-5, 4-3 CAC     Men 7th in CAC, Women 6th in CAC   
2004-05     5-6, 3-4 CAC     7-4, 5-2 CAC     Men 5th in CAC, Women 6th in CAC   
2005-06     5-4, 3-2 CAC     5-4, 3-2 CAC     Men 4th in CAC, Women 5th in CAC   
2006-07     5-6, 4-4 CAC     5-6, 4-4 CAC     Men 3rd in CAC, Women 5th in CAC   
2007-08     7-4, 4-2 CAC     6-5, 3-3 CAC     Men 3rd in CAC, Women 4th in CAC   
Total:     48-67, 
40-44 CAC 
(13 seasons)
50-39-1 CAC
(13 seasons)
    1 CAC Women's 2nd place finish,
2 CAC Men's 3rd place finishes