We had the good fortune of connecting with Kyle Stevenson and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Kyle, how do you think about risk?
Each risk I’ve ever taken has always been calculated. I am naturally a thinker, but not an overthinker. I do my best to be thorough when making life changing decisions. Where most people think A to Z, I think about how was A able to impact B in order for Y to turn into Z. So, what I mean by that is, I make sure that I have analyzed every possible scenario that the risk could take me down and once I’m comfortable with the best and worst that could happen, I take that leap of faith without any fear or doubt because I have already accepted any and everything that could come my way from it.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I am currently the Head Track and Field Coach at Georgia State University, right in the heart of Atlanta. When I was promoted to the position in the Fall of 2019, I became the youngest black head coach in the NCAA for all Division 1 track and field programs. The journey to get here has been memorable and rewarding. It wasn’t an easy road because the sacrifices I made early in my career took me away from family and people that I loved. At that time, only God and myself understood the assignment and I couldn’t explain to everyone else what was going to happen. I just knew it would pay off in the end.
I want the world to truly open their eyes and see me as one of many black successful men that has never seen the inside of a jail cell and I have a clean record. I know the streets very well, but I chose to not be in them because I wanted to be an example for those behind me. I am a man, a son, a father, an uncle, a mentor and I am to be valued. I am humble enough to know that I could lose it all, but I am confident enough to know I can conquer it all and get it all back if needed.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Sunday is Brunch Day, so pick your poison – I might start at Tom, Dick and Hank and go right next door to the Rum Punch Brunch. The Blue Flame Lounge – I am grown, so don’t judge – Saturday night
The Atlanta Beltline is a must-do while in town – Playa Bowl (Electric Mermaid is my go-to) – Saturday morning/early afternoon
Apt 4b/Starlight Drive-In – Date night on a Friday
The James Room/Bar Vegan/Nova II Sushi/Little Alley Steakhouse – Thursday afterwork
Republic Social House in the Grant Park Area – cheap, inexpensive bar with great food – Wednesday
Taco Tuesday – I am a foodie, so I go to a new spot every week
Kale Me Krazy – Monday morning, post workout smoothie
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I would like to dedicate my Shoutout to the city of Memphis which is where I was born and raised and my family that still resides there. Who I am today, the man I have become, is a direct reflection of what my family and my city taught me through the years. Atlanta has shown me plenty of love, but I will never forget where I came from, so I rep my city and my last name with pride.
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