Former Cal Poly women's volleyball coach died from taking multiple prescription drugs

Los Angeles County Coroner's Office says Jon Stevenson's death was accidental

newsroom@thetribunenews.comSeptember 28, 2012 

Cal Poly head volleyball coach Jon Stevenson was relieved of his duties Sept. 1, 2011, after the university’s investigation into sexual harassment allegations became public.

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Former Cal Poly volleyball coach Jon Stevenson, who was dismissed by Cal Poly in September 2011 after an investigation surrounding allegations of sexual harassment toward his players became public, died after ingesting multiple prescription drugs, according to Los Angeles County Coroner’s officials.

Stevenson’s death has been ruled an accident, said Ed Winter, the county’s assistant chief coroner. An autopsy was completed after Stevenson’s death in June in Van Nuys, and the results were just recently made public.

The cause of death was determined to be acute multiple prescription drug intoxication, Winter said. Stevenson, 54, also had cardiomegaly, a condition that results in an enlarged heart, and a history of depression, he said.

More information about what specific medications contributed to Stevenson’s death was not immediately available.

Stevenson’s six-year tenure as one of the program’s most successful coaches ended last fall after an investigation into allegations of sexual harassment of his players became public. His Cal Poly career ended four matches into the 2011 season.

Stevenson took over the Cal Poly program in 2005, guiding the Mustangs to a 14-win turnaround season.

He then guided the Mustangs to NCAA Tournament appearances in 2006 and 2007. In 2006, Cal Poly won its first Big West Conference title since 1984.

After his dismissal, Cal Poly paid Stevenson $133,980 and honored 400 hours of vacation time under his prior contract.

In return, the former coach was prohibited from initiating contact with any current players, their parents or any other university coaches or athletic department personnel.

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