Dr. Sharon Beverly, Class of 1979

Dr. Sharon Beverly, Class of 1979

Talk to1979 Queens College graduate,  Dr. Sharon Beverly about her time at Queens College, and she will tell you that QC “was the foundation for any success I have experienced”. The most recent success she is referring to is that of becoming the brand new Assistant Vice President of Student Affairs and Executive Director of Athletics & Recreation at NCAA DIII powerhouse, The College of New Jersey beginning March 1st.

Completing her undergraduate degree at Queens in 1979 and going through the graduate program in 1987 en route to a Master’s degree in Early Childhood Development, Dr. Beverly became part of NYC basketball history while she was a player on Lucille Kyvallos’s Knights in 1974. She had the privilege of being on the team that played the first-ever women’s basketball game at Madison Square Garden, a rematch against the Immaculata College Flying Nuns. Beverly played under Kyvallos from 1974-1976 and when asked about her beloved coach she acknowledged, “The basketball knowledge of Coach Kyvallos was unmatched in the country in terms of strategies and x’s and o’s.”

While Dr. Beverly credits her professors for aiding in her successes, she went on to say that Coach Kyvallos taught her more than she ever learned in the classroom. Balancing athletics and academics helped her learn to manage her time wisely, multitask and deal with the adversity of playing at the advent of Title IX.

The PhD in Leadership for Higher Education (Capella University) also mentioned how the legendary Knights coach inspired her to pursue coaching herself. Dr. Beverly played professionally in France and in New Jersey on a team called the Gems. While playing, she realized her passion was to coach and she began her coaching career as an assistant at Queens. That translated into a head coaching job for women’s basketball at Fairleigh Dickinson (Teaneck, NJ, DI) from 1988-1999. During that time, she had the opportunity to coach in the 1994 Olympics Festival in St. Louis, earned Coach of the Year accolades for the Northeast Conference and garnered New Jersey State DI Coach of the Year honors.  Beverly is in the FDU Hall of Fame, in addition to six of her players and her entire 1992 team.

Her coaching career continued from 1999-2002 at the New Jersey Institute of Technology where her team broke numerous records and.  The coaching led to the beginning of her administrative career at Vassar College. In 2002, she became associate athletics director at Vassar and in 2004 was named their Director of Athletics & Physical Education and Professor of Athletics & Physical Education. She now heads into TCNJ with the experience and knowledge gained from both Vassar and Queens, where she will have the opportunity to participate on the senior leadership team of the College and oversee her passion of athletics.