Scott A. Stever



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Scott A. Stever

passed away peacefully on March 25, 2023. Predeceased by his parents, Harley and Mary Louise Stever, his daughter Amy Stever and granddaughter Ava Krantz. Survived by his wife Cynthia Stever, daughters April (Jeff) Krantz, Emily (Andy) Rice, Chrissy Spaccio and brother Jan (Kathy) Stever. He has 5 grandchildren (Caleb, Ariella, and Gianna Krantz, Zeke and Zoey Rice).

“Coach Stever” was a passionate wrestler, coach and mentor, born and raised in Corning, New York. He attended Corning East High School where his wrestling career began and where he became a stand out on the mats. After high school, he went on to win many collegiate championships at Corning Community College and the University at Buffalo. Scott earned 2 All American Honors and qualified for 2 NJCAA Championships at Corning Community College. At the University of Buffalo Scott captured 6 AAU Freestyle titles, the first New York State Collegiate Championship at 142 lbs and qualified for 2 NCAA championships. After College, he started his coaching career with his brother, Jan Stever, at Corning West High School. He went on to coach at the University at Buffalo as assistant coach under Ed Michael and co-authored a book on the sport of wrestling, called Winning Leg Wrestling. After 22 years of coaching at UB, he went on to coach for seven seasons at Rochester Institute of Technology before becoming the head coach for the RIT Tigers where he coached 8 All Americans.

In 2007, Coach Stever was inducted into the New York State Chapter of the National Wrestling Coaches Hall of Fame. He was previously inducted into the University at Buffalo, Corning-Painted Post High School and The New York State Wrestling Halls of Fame for his  years of dedication and service to the sport of wrestling. He achieved the highest honor for an NCAA wrestling coach in 2014, earning induction into the National Coaches Division III Wrestling Coaches’ Association Hall of Fame.

Scott was devoted to his family and friends. He was the type of guy who would come at any moment for those in need, always volunteering his time to help others. He was very involved in his church community at Greece Assembly of God and serving weekly at Mission Share. He enjoyed spending time with his grandkids, before and teaching the bible, playing and “coaching” his new found sport, as well as planning camping trips with his long-time camping friends.

There will be a celebration of Life for friends and family on Friday, March 31, at 10:00 am at Greece Assembly of God,750 Long Pond Road, Rochester NY, 14612. All are welcome to a Luncheon following Scott’s celebration.  Live streamed at In Lieu of Flowers, donations can be made to the Amy Stever Scholarship Fund at Greece Christian School by clicking on this link or by check sent to Greece Assembly of God Church.


  1. E's Polimeni on March 28, 2023 at 3:38 pm

    Cindy, I am so sorry to hear about Scott. He was one fantastic man, loved the Lord with all his heart and loved you & the girls so much. I have been so BLESSED to have known him and you. Thankyou for your friendship. Love you, E’s

  2. Patti Graham on March 28, 2023 at 4:29 pm


  3. Linda Norman on March 28, 2023 at 5:01 pm

    Dear Cindy, I am so saddened to hear of Scott’s passing. He was a great guy and the two of you were a special couple, devoted to each other and your family. I am sending my love and prayers to you. My Scott rest in peace in the loving arms of your lord. Love, Linda (Kenney)and Mike Norman

  4. Bill Bruielly on March 28, 2023 at 9:32 pm


  5. Cathy Phelps on March 29, 2023 at 10:16 am

    I knew Scott from pickle ball. He was always upbeat, friendly and helpful to those learning the sport. My sympathy and prayers to his family. A good man who will be missed by many people.

  6. Jackie Jewell on March 29, 2023 at 10:20 am


  7. Nate Robertson on March 29, 2023 at 10:25 am

    Words fail to describe what Scott means to me. Though we were separated by many miles I made a point to speak to him several times a year for the last 20 plus years. Spending time in Scott and Cindy’s home was always a special treat. Scott is a loving, genuine man who cares about people deeply and I always felt that from him. It was my great honor to know him and to call him my friend. Cindy, April, Emily, Chrissy and family, I am here for you. I am praying for you. I wish I could be there in person on Friday but I will be with you in prayer and spirit from Florida!

  8. Dick Birdsall on March 29, 2023 at 1:45 pm

    Rest in Peace Scott

  9. Carol Geer on March 29, 2023 at 2:29 pm

    Dear Cindy, We are so sorry to hear of Scott’s passing. . We always enjoyed Scott’s teaching Bible Study. You both are a great couple and special friends. Our prayers are with you and your family. Love you, Dick and Carol

  10. Laura Baumann on March 29, 2023 at 2:49 pm

    Dear Cindy, April and Family, We are very sorry for your loss. Wishing you peace and comfort during this difficult time. We are keeping your family in our prayers and hope God shines his light down on you as you remember all the good times you shared. Love, Laura & Jim Baumann, Andrew, Gracie and Matthew

  11. Fran Olscamp on March 29, 2023 at 5:25 pm

    I knew Scott for the last 10 years through Greece Pickleball. When I first started the game he taught me a lot about the basics of play. Over the years I enjoyed playing with and against him. He was a real student of the game and always willing to coach new players. I will miss him and his little green camp chair that he sat in between games. Rest in peace Scott. I hope there is a game going on in heaven!

  12. Theresa Rossettie on March 29, 2023 at 6:48 pm

    DearCindy n family I was so sad to hear of Scott’s sudden passing. He will be missed by many of us. God bless Theresa Rossettie

  13. Iolanda Markese on March 29, 2023 at 9:35 pm

    My deepest condolences! He will be missed. My love to all of you!

  14. Fariba Ferdowsi on March 29, 2023 at 11:25 pm

    Dear Cindy and family, I am heartbroken by the news of dear Scott’s passing. The impression i had from him from when i met him was that he was the rock of the family, a great family man, and a good Christian on top of all other virtues he had. He will be missed no matter our distance. Please accept our deepest condolences. He will be in our prayers and so will be you and your dear family as I know this is a very difficult time. We shower you with love ❤️ and embrace you from afar. Deepest love and care, Fariba and Farzad Ferdowsi

  15. Bruce Hadsell on March 30, 2023 at 8:29 am

    A great coach at UB, fun to work with and always there with help and encouragement. RIP

  16. Bernie Fidurko on March 30, 2023 at 12:25 pm

    First met Scott in 1993 when our daughters both named (Amy) played softball for Greece Athena H.S. The team was well coached will the input from several parents. Scott provided his knowledge of the game and the team played well. His soft mannered input was well received by all. We were reunited when we played pickleball and he didn’t change a bit. God Bless, many will miss you.

  17. Patricia Sumner on March 30, 2023 at 3:31 pm

    Dear Cindy and all the family, Like all, I was very shocked and saddened when Roe told me of Scott’s passing. Though it’s been many years (and miles away) since I last saw you and Scott, I have very fond memories of his kind and enduring spirit. From the fun and crazy times at the beach house, to hearing his coaching and wrestlers’ experiences, to watching his warm interactions with your young girls. Probably most memorable though, was the time we accepted the Lord together, sitting in Roe’s living room on Lisbon St. Then over the next few nights as we came back together for prayer meetings, Scott always had insightful interpretations of the teachings. He was truly a man of God. My sincere and deepest condolences to all of you, resting in the knowledge that we will all see him again through the glory of God. Pat (Johns) Sumner

  18. Don and Coreen Henning on March 30, 2023 at 5:49 pm

    Scott; We will miss your smile in the neighborhood. I know you will be watching over Cindy and us because that’s how you are. You were the 1st man I talked to when I moved 2 doors down from you. At that moment I knew I could view you as someone I called friend. It’s been a pleasure. Till we meet again my friend. May God Bless You. Cindy; We are so sorry for your loss and you have our number. I’m sure we’ll see you as the weather changes. You always add a few degrees of warmth when we see you. I’m sure I can comfortably say you know your neighbors are here for you. With our deepest sympathy, and may God and Scott watch over you when not in our view.

  19. Dom and Debbie Galvano on March 31, 2023 at 8:15 am

    Cindy, April, Emily, Chrissy & families, We are so sorry for the loss you are feeling. Scott was an amazing husband, dad, grandpa & friend who will be missed by all who knew him. We wish we could be there to celebrate his life together with all of you. May your many and wonderful memories be a comfort. We send hugs from FL and prayers for comfort in the days ahead as we wait for that heavenly reunion! We love you ! Dom and Debbie Galvano

  20. Gary Brandt on March 31, 2023 at 10:43 am

    Wish it had more time with you, from teammates at CCC, to a few visits at UB, then 50 years of absence until we attended your last meet at RIT. You were always the best. God has you now my old friend . . .

  21. GARY S PRATT on March 31, 2023 at 3:10 pm

    So sorry for your loss. Scottie was always fun to play Pickleball with. He will be missed.

  22. Bob Raines on April 1, 2023 at 1:53 pm

    I wrestled Scott back in the 1965-66 timeframe. He was a tough wrestler. My recollection is he won the match 3-2. Based on what I have read here I think he was a born again Christian. While I wish he didn’t die, He is totally alive with Jesus my and his Lord and Savior. Scott, I will see you in Heaven when the time comes.

  23. David Ciocca on April 1, 2023 at 7:17 pm

    My thoughts and prayers are with the Stever family during this emotional time. I knew Scott well for over 30 years. He coached me all through college when I was a student athelete, and we later spent years coaching together. His love of wrestling and it’s people was surpassed only by his strong faith and love for his family.Scott was a truly kind man who will be greatly missed by all who knew him.

  24. Edward Tyrrell on April 4, 2023 at 2:24 pm

    All my prayers for the repose of Scott’s soul and peace and blessings for all his family and friends. Coach Scott was as solid as they get and was a huge part of our team’s success and a great mentor to me and many many wrestlers!!!

  25. Robert W. Barnd on September 4, 2023 at 7:23 pm

    I have fond memories of Mr. Stever when he was the Dean of Students at the former St. John Neumann High School in Williamsville, NY. Mr. Stever was a good man whom you could talk to, and I will always remember that about him. I haven’t seen him since June 17, 1979 when I graduated, and I regret very much not keeping in touch and that we never met again in this life. My heartfelt condolences to his family for their loss. Mr. Stever was a man who made his mark and left his mark.

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