Cheyney Men's Basketball Coach Dominique Stephens Honored During Halftime at His Alma Mater
January 18, 2014
Dominique Stephens, Cheyney's current Men's Basketball Coach, dunks the ball while wearing number 50 for the NCCU 1989 Division II National Championship team
Cheyney University Men's Basketball Coach Dominique Stephens was honored along with the 1989 NCAA Men's Basketball Division II National Championship team during halftime at the January 18 North Carolina Central University (NCCU) Men's Basketball game against Delaware State.
This year marks the 25th anniversary for that magical squad as the maroon and gray finished the season 28-4 overall, taking down Southeast Missouri State in the most lopsided national championship game in NCAA history by the tally of 73-46. To this day, it still stands as the NCAA Division II Championship Game record.
Stephens had to miss coaching the Cheyney Wolves in a contest against Millersville in order to be in North Carolina for the Saturday halftime festivities.
"It is a great honor to be part of such a prestigious group. This is the highest team accolades you can feature. I remember the game and the historic season as if it was yesterday. I do wish that the 1989 Division II National Championship team could be honored on another day but this is a once-in-a-lifetime event. This will be the first game I haved missed in 11 years as a coach. I will be coaching and supporting from the distance and will give the chance for my head assistant Dawud Morris and volunteer assistant Gregory Benjamin to lead us to victory," stated Stephens.
Along with the halftime ceremony, the NCCU Sports Network will unveil highlights and a special video on the NCCU Athletics YouTube page from ESPN's broadcast of the game for fans to enjoy. Click www.youtube.com/watch to see the video. Stephens wore number 50.
The 1989 team won 13 of the last 14 games on the way to the CIAA (Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association) Southern Division crown that included a 60-55 victory over CIAA power Virginia Union to win the South Atlantic Regional title and earned a berth to the "Elite Eight" in Springfield, Mass., the birthplace of basketball.
As a team, NCCU led the nation (NCAA Division II) in scoring defense (56.0 points allowed per game) and field goal percentage defense (38.9 percent). This group was also inducted into the NCCU Athletics Hall of Fame in 1997.
Members of the 1989 national championship team were Charles Alston, Fred "Pop" Bennett, Henry Canty, Miles Clarke, Jeffrey Hayes, Joel Hopkins, Eric Jackson, Derrick Johnson, Derrick Leak, Adrian McKinnon, Marvin "Rat" Reed, Antoine Sifford, Dominique Stephens, Kelrick Thompson, Curtis Watkins, Head Coach Michael Bernard, Assistant Coach Gregory Jackson and Assistant Coach Ron Woodard.
Stephens went on to say, "the 1978 Cheyney University men's team also won the Division II national championship. This is a fraternity that only one team at each division at each year can celebrate. We are Champions. I would like to thank God for blessing me with the ability and opportunity and my family for their support."