Stokes comes to Carondelet after serving as Athletics Director at New Roads School in Santa Monica, Providence School in Santa Barbara, and the Boys & Girls Club in Simi Valley. He was recognized by the CIF-Southern Section as an MVP Athletics Director in 2021-2022 and 2022-2023. He also worked in the Athletics Compliance Department at the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB), where he helped track the NCAA Division I student-athletes eligibility and financial aid for the 20 sports offered while tracking recruiting activity for all potential student-athletes. Stokes has also been a Head Basketball Coach for 17 years, and was a seven time league “Coach of the Year” including leading his teams to six league championships and two CIF Championship finals.
“We were impressed by Steve’s commitment to increase opportunities and access for women to compete at high levels of sport in his past work. We are excited for him to continue that passion at Carondelet,” said President Jessica Mix ’99.
VP of Student Life and Mission Jennifer Reinwald said, “Steve was consistently our top candidate from the first interview through the entire extensive vetting process. His communication and people skills, significant experience as an athletics director, and his ability to lead teams and shape student-athletes were top qualities that we were looking for in our next AD candidate.”
One of the many things that drew Stokes to Carondelet is the school is built on the foundation of More than High School. Her School. “The incredible memories, moments, and experiences the Carondelet student-athletes have are a significant part of their journey to set them up for success in life. It is special to be a part of the Carondelet community,” said Stokes. “And with two young daughters, developing greater opportunities for women is both a professional and personal commitment.”
Stokes is honored to serve as Director of Athletics at Carondelet, a school with a rich history of helping develop young women of heart, faith, courage, and excellence. “I am looking forward to working closely with our coaches, the Athletics Department, and everyone on campus striving together to support our teams and student-athletes in reaching their goals.”
Stokes earned a Master of Arts, Coaching and Athletics Administration from Concordia University, Irvine, Summa Cum Laude, and a Bachelor of Arts, Kinesiology, from California State University, Dominguez Hills.
Carondelet Athletics sponsors 36 teams, 18 sports, 475+ student-athletes with an average GPA of 3.67, and one Cougar Nation! In Carondelet’s 58 years, the school has won 143 League Championships, 63 NCS Team Championships, 15 National Cheer and Dance Championships, Seven Northern California Team Championships, Three State Team Championships, Three Individual State Championships, Two National Team Championships, and One Individual National Championship. The high school offers a unique athletics experience where students enjoy the opportunity to develop athletic abilities concurrently with the development of the highest standards of scholarship, leadership, sportsmanship, school tradition, and spirit.
Carondelet is a Catholic college-prep high school in the East Bay that offers young women a transformative educational experience. Since its founding in 1965, Carondelet has combined academic excellence and a recognition of the unique gifts of each of its students. The school’s focus is a woman-centered, comprehensive educational program designed to help young women build confidence and prepare for leadership and service in the 21st century.