Interim Athletic Director & Head Coach
Valerie Stambersky is entering her fourteenth year as the Head Women’s Basketball Coach at Kansas City Kansas Community College. In that time, Stambersky has built a reputable program focused on player development and academic excellence. Stambersky’s dedicated approach to improving the student-athlete has impressed multiple 4 year coaches searching for transfers. Coaches repeatedly compliment Valerie for her efforts as former KCKCC student-athletes are well prepared for the demands of basketball and academics when they arrive at their universities.
Stambersky’s efforts have contributed to thirty-eight student-athletes receiving basketball scholarships to play at the next level. Six of those received scholarships to NCAA Division I institutions, ten to NCAA Division II institutions, six to NAIA Division I institutions, and sixteen to NAIA Division II institutions. Most recently, two student-athletes from the 2011-2012 season signed letter of intents to NCAA Division II institutions. They are KJCCC Second Team All-Conference recipient Mikenna Greathouse (University of Sioux Falls) and standout Iowa native Cassey Sobaski (Missouri Western). The season prior KJCCC Second Team All-Conference Alyssa Rushton (University of Sioux Falls) and KJCCC Honorable Mention Laci Schrieber (Augusta State) also signed letter of intents to compete for NCAA Division II institutions. As juniors, Rushton and Schreiber started for their women’s basketball programs and were key contributors in their team’s success. Schreiber led her squad in rebounding (7.3) and added 7.4ppg to help lead Augusta State to a 12-15 record. While Rushton shot 47% from the field, 40% behind the arc, and averaged 9.4ppg to help propel her team to a phenomenal 23-3 finish.
Prior to coming to KCKCC on June 1, 1999, Stambersky served as a Graduate Assistant at Ferris State University in Big Rapids, Michigan. Stambersky earned a BA in Criminal Justice while graduating with distinction from Ferris State University in 1998. In July 1999, Stambersky graduated with highest distinction from Ferris State University with a Master’s Degree in Correctional Administration.
A native of Salem, Ohio, Stambersky won just about every prep honor possible as a high school senior. Averaging 19.3 points per game, she was all-conference, conference player of the year, all-county, county player of the year, first team all-district, district player of the year, first team all-state and state co-player of the year. Stambersky chose Ferris State University, an NCAA Division II college, over several other colleges following high school.
While at Ferris, Stambersky was a four-year starter and co-captain for three years. She was a three time Great Lakes Inter Athletic Conference All-Academic selection, a two year all conference player, team MVP her junior and senior year, and was selected to the GTE All-Academic Region Team as a senior. Stambersky holds several records at Ferris including 3 point field goals in a season (72), 3 point field goal attempts in a career (598), 3 point field goal percentage (34.4%), free throw percentage in a season (91.2%), consecutive free throws (32), all time leader in steals (253), and is ranked fourth in scoring in school history (1,304).
Valerie Stambersky currently coaches and teaches at KCKCC while residing in Platte City, Missouri with her husband Damian, son Taylor and daughter Tyler.