Former Cal Poly volleyball head coach Jon Stevenson, who was found dead in a Van Nuys home in June, died after ingesting various prescription drugs, Los Angeles County coroner’s office officials confirmed today.
Officials did not report what type of drugs were found in Stevenson’s system, but confirmed the former coach’s death was ruled an accident.
Stevenson was relieved of coaching duties in 2011 following a report detailing his alleged sexual harassment of players. That ended the reign of one of the most successful tenures ever by a Cal Poly head coach. He led the Mustangs to a 115-61 overall record and a 66-26 record in conference play. He also helped the Mustangs to NCAA Tournament berths in 2006 and 2007, and guided Cal Poly to its first-ever Big West title since 1984.
“It’s unfortunate it had to end that way, but I still think the good things that he did for the program outweigh what he was accused of doing there,” former Cal Poly volleyball player Chelsea Hayes told Mustang Daily in June. “I think in time the good memories stay and I don’t think the bad things that happened at the end will hold much weight.”