Associate Director of Sports Performance William Stephens enters his 19th season with Duke Athletics. Coach Stephens has been the Head Sports Performance Coach for the Duke Men’s Basketball team for 19 years and served Duke Women's Basketball in the same role for 17 years. Coach Stephens is a member of the National Strength and Conditioning Association. He has held their Certification of Strength and Conditioning Specialist since 1996.
Coach Stephens oversees player development in the Krzyzewski Center weight room and practice courts. During his time with Men’s and Women’s Basketball teams, he has coached 35 NBA players, 20 WNBA players, 26 NBA first-round draft picks (including 18 lottery picks) and 10 WNBA first-round draft picks. A testament to the time and commitment Coach Stephens places on the physical development of his athletes, since 2000 there has been 29 top ten finishes by Duke Players in the 6 NBA Combine test.
Coach Stephens has been a part of 17 ACC Regular-Season Championships, 19 ACC Tournament Championships, 9 Final Fours, and 3 National Championships.
Prior to Duke athletics, Coach Stephens worked in law enforcement for 13 years. He was also an accomplished powerlifter, winning three State Drug-Free Powerlifting Championships ’91-’93. Stephens set the state record for deadlift (661 pounds) in 1993 and won a gold medal at the 1994 World Championships for Law Enforcement.
A native of Whiteville, NC, Stephens graduated from North Carolina Central University in 1987 with a degree in Criminal Justice. Stephens is married to wife Nancy and has one son, William “PJ” Stephens, who currently attends Guilford College and is a member of their basketball team.