Calhoun Athletic Department Announces Hiring of New Head Softball Coach/Intramural Coordinator

July 17, 2019

Decatur, AL – The Athletic Department at Calhoun Community College announced that Bart Stephenson has joined the college as its new softball coach/intramural coordinator.

Entering his first season as head softball coach with the Lady Warhawks, Stephenson previously coached football, baseball and softball at Speake, Decatur, Hatton, Winston County and New Hope High Schools in the state of Alabama. “We welcome Bart to our Calhoun Athletic family and look forward to his new role for success for our students”, commented Dr. Nancy Keenum, Calhoun Athletic Director.

A graduate of Mt. Hope High School, Stephenson was a three-sport athlete and a signee in football and baseball. He received numerous awards in football including All State, All Area and was selected to participate in the Alabama High School Football Team All-Star game. While playing baseball, Bart was a .497 hitter with 14 home-runs, as well as participated in the East West Shrine games where he made it through to the final game. After multiple offers, he attended Northwest Community College where he was a .398 hitter his freshman year, batted .397 his sophomore year, received the MVP award for his team and participated in the North Central All-Star game.

In 2008, Bart received a Bachelor of Education degree in Physical Education from Athens State University and was also inducted into the Lawrence County Hall of Fame. In 2014, the Decatur Daily named him as the Coach of the Year. Stephenson has developed a passion for the game of softball and feels that his time coaching multiple sports has provided him with the ability to relate with athletes, and he feels he brings a special kind of competitiveness that should not go unnoticed on the playing field.

Bart is married to Karen Gibson Stephenson and they have six children and seven grandchildren.

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