Stephanie Bylander was promoted to head coach of the women's cross country and track programs on May 14, 2018.
Bylander came to Florida Southern after spending the past year as an assistant track and volunteer assistant cross country coach at Woodland Park High School in Woodland Park, Colo. In track, she primarily worked with the distance runners at WPHS. Along with her coaching duties at Woodland Park, Bylander was also the school's athletics/activities office assistant.
In her duties with the track program, Bylander was responsible for planning and implementing all aspects of coaching the team's distance squad, from writing comprehensive training plans, to speaking with parents, to facilitating workouts on a daily basis. She was also in charge of the team's Facebook page and its blog for the distance team.
As the school's volunteer cross country coach, Bylander assisted with writing training schedules and facilitating workouts. The girls' team at WPHS qualified for the State Championships for the first time in several years during Bylander's only season.
Prior to working at Woodland Park High School, Bylander, who is a native of Fountain, Colo., spent the 2011-12 school year as an assistant track and field coach at Sangre De Cristo Middle School in Mosca, Colo., before spending two years (2008-09) as a recreation specialist with the Alamosa Parks and Recreation Department in Alamosa, Colo., and she spent three years serving as a substitute teacher with the Alamosa Public Schools while pursuing a professional running career.
As a collegiate student-athlete at Adams State from 2001-05, Bylander was a 10-time All-American as she was a four-time All-American in cross country (2001, '02, '03, '04), an All-American in the 5,000 meters in indoor track in 2005 and a five-time All-American in outdoor track (10,000 meters in 2003, 5,000 and 10,000 meters in 2004 and 2005).
In addition, 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 3 finisher at the Division II 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 and was a scoring member of a Top 3 Division II Indoor and Outdoor National Championship teams as a senior in 2005.
Along with being a standout on the field, Bylander was also a standout in the classroom as she was a four-time member of the USTFCCCA All-Academic Teams and earned a 2006 Road Runners Club of America Roads Scholar Award.
Her 5K time of 16:14.5 in 2005 ranks 22nd on the USTFCCCA All-Time Division II performance list, while her 34:00.7 time in the 10,000-meter run in 2005 ranks 18th in the USTFCCCA All-Time Division II performance list.
Following her All-American collegiate career, Bylander spent eight years running professionally as she began her professional running career in 2005 competing for Reebok and then in 2007, she switched and began competing for Brooks, until taking the 2009 season off for maternity leave. In 2010, she began running as a member of the Boulder Running Company and ran for them until 2014, while also running as a member of the American Distance Project from 2012-14.
Among her post-collegiate accomplishments are seven Top 15 finishes at USATF Championship events, an eighth-place finish in 2005 at the USATF 5K Championships, a seventh-place finish in 2005 at the USATF 20K Championships and a fifth-place finish at the NACAC Cross Country Championships in 2007. She was also a four-time member of the USA National Team (World Half, two Ekiden Relays and the NACAC XC Championships) and was 12th at the USATF 8K Cross Country Championships in 2006.
Bylander 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 Soutern men's cross country and track team. The couple has an eight-year-old daughter, Allie.