Former Cal Poly coach Stevenson has died

June 26th, 2012

From the SLO paper today. other posts said he was at his sister-in-law’s house helping with her kids.

One of Cal Poly’s most successful, and controversial, volleyball coaches has died, the Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office confirmed June 26.

Jon Phillip Stevenson, of Pismo Beach, was found in a residence in Van Nuys on June 24. He was 54.

The cause of death is not yet known, according to assistant chief investigator at the Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office, and a cause likely won’t be released until the office receives results from a toxicology test, which could take up to six weeks.

Stevenson came to Cal Poly in February 2005 and, during his six-season stint as head coach, led the team to a 115-61 overall record and a third-place finish at the Big West Conference.

He was removed as coach in September 2011 and later resigned after New Times reported a number of his student athletes had accused Stevenson of harassment and inappropriate behavior. The investigation revealed that Cal Poly officials had been aware of the accusations for months.

Prior to his arrival at Cal Poly, he coached at Saint Mary’s College in Moraga, Calif., and was named NCAA Division “Coach of the Year” by VBall Magazine in 2004.

He was regarded as a big name in the professional beach volleyball circuit, and, as of June 26, a long list of condolences had been posted on the AVP Pro Beach Volleyball Facebook page.

Stevenson was later replaced by current coach Sam Crosson.

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  • jmy June 27, 2012 at 10:06 am

    Is it tough coaching a Cal Poly? What was the situation with Mike Wilton all about?

    • Cindy Luis June 27, 2012 at 3:02 pm

      not really wanting to dredge up something from over 20 years ago. But if I remember correctly, some of the players complained that Wilton’s training and practices were too hard.

    • roofer68 June 27, 2012 at 7:22 pm

      Cal Poly with Wilton coaching vs UH, the first match I saw at Klum in 1989. Snapped a 88? match home winning streak in 5 sets. Talk about me being bad luck for Na Wahine. Neva forget that one.

  • leftout June 27, 2012 at 7:38 pm

    Mike Wilton HC Cal Poly 1978-89, won/loss 292-137, inducted into the Mustangs Hall of Fame in 2011.

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