Mona R. Stevens, a biology and life-science teacher at Evergreen Junior High School, says she has retired after playing fast-pitch softball for the past 17 years on high school, college and adult teams. But she hasn't given up the game entirely.
As a regional coordinator for the ASA and Junior Olympics Committee's coaches education program, Stevens devotes much of her spare time now to teaching coaches how to coach softball and helping people all over the world set up softball leagues and tournaments - even in as far away places as New Guinea.She spent Sept. 9 through Oct. 9 in New Guinea helping softball enthusiasts set up leagues and conduct how-to-play clinics. "Not everybody on the teams there has a glove and very few wear shoes. It is so hot and humid there that catchers and umpires shun protective masks and chest and chin protectors. Often, teams only have one bat. It is not a wealthy country, but the people are wonderful and they love softball."
A star athlete on girls' teams in high school and at Brigham Young University and the University of Utah, Stevens spent three years at the U. as an assistant softball coach and taught physical education and coached basketball at Evergreen for several years.
When not in school or out teaching softball, Stevens spends her weekends playing a guitar and singing at the Claimjumper Steakhouse, in Provo Canyon on the way to Bridal Veil Falls. She and Renee Van Buren are billed as "Mona and Renee."