LAKELAND - Stephanie Bylander, assistant coach at Florida Southern since 2015, has been named head coach of the Moccasins women's cross country and track teams, it was announced today by FSC Director of Athletics, Pete Meyer.
"I'm very honored to enter my fourth year of coaching at Florida Southern and to do so with the newly minted title of head women's coach for the cross country and track programs," says Bylander. "I want to thank Pete Meyer, as well as Senior Associate Athletic Director Drew Howard and Associate Athletic Director Jill Stephens for this exciting opportunity to work with the women's team as we strive to compete with the top programs in the Sunshine State Conference and South Region. I also look forward to continuing to pursue the standards of academic and athletic excellence set by all of the teams at Florida Southern."
The Moccasin women's track set nine school records at various distances last season and posted 22 all-time top five times during the season. In all, FSC has recorded 47 top ten times over the last three seasons. The team was a winner in the classroom as well, posting a 3.59 team grade point average in the Fall and a 3.56 team GPA in the Spring. The cross country team GPA was the highest of any cross country team in the SSC this past fall.
Before joining Florida Southern, Bylander coached at Woodland Park High School in Woodland Park, Colo. Prior to working at Woodland Park High School, she spent the 2011-12 school year as an assistant track and field coach at Sangre De Cristo Middle School in Mosca, Colo.
Bylander ran collegiately at Adams State College from 2001-05 and was a 10-time All-American (all four years in cross country as well as a five-time athlete in outdoor track and a one-time honoree in indoor track).
She was a member of Adams State's Division II National Champion Cross Country teams in both 2003 and 2004 and was a four-time top three finisher at the National Championships in cross country, indoor and outdoor track. In 2004, Bylander was named the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference's Athlete of the Year and was also tabbed the 2004 North Central Region Athlete of the Year. She also was a scoring member of for three Division II Indoor and Outdoor National Championship teams as a senior in 2005.
Bylander was also a standout in the classroom as she was a four-time member of the USTFCCCA All-Academic Teams.
Among her post-collegiate accomplishments are seven Top 15 finishes at USATF Championship events and a fifth-place finish at the NACAC Cross Country Championships in 2007. She was also a four-time member of the USA National and was 12th at the USATF 8K Cross Country Championships in 2006.
Bylander, who holds a USATF Level 1 Coaching Certification, earned her bachelor of arts degree in exercise physiology and exercise science from Adams State in 2005.
She is married to Matt Levassiur, who is the head coach of the Florida Southern College men's cross country and track teams. The couple has an eight-year-old daughter, Allie.
The Moccasins will begin training for the 2018 cross country season shortly after the team reports on Aug. 11.