Married to Holly Steverson; children are Bryan, 19; Amy, 12; and Michael, 10.
Occupation: Architect and principal partner with Michael Brady, Inc.
Bill Steverson has various roles on any given day. He’s a husband and father, an artist, a wrestling coach and a baseball coach. It is his role as an architect that has brought him into a position to make a difference on a critical community project. Steverson is the architect of record for the recently completed first phase of the Blount County Animal Center on Currie Avenue in Eagleton. He got involved with the project when Rick Yeager with Smoky Mountain Animal Care Foundation asked an engineer at Michael Brady, Inc., for Steverson’s help. Steverson, who is also the architect on the Prospect School under construction in Seymour, agreed to donate his time and energy to the project.
“I think the hard part was obviously that money was tight,” said Bill. “It was a joint collaboration with government and private donations, and we were trying to coordinate not only money from private donors and labor and materials but also wrapping that into a project that could be built and serve the community within a budget and time frame. It was a big effort on everyone’s part, and I was a small piece of the puzzle.”
Steverson was born in Virginia. When his father, Bryan Steverson, took a job with Alcoa Tennessee Operations, he brought the family to Blount County where Steverson’s brother and sister were born. Bryan Steverson worked for Alcoa, Inc., for 40 years and in that time job opportunities took him and his family to Minnesota, California, Pittsburg and Indiana.
Bill graduated from the University of Illinois, majoring in architecture in part because of the influence of his father, an engineer, and his uncle, an artist. “I seem to have a little artist in me and architecture is a good balance between artist and engineer,” he says.
When not busy as head wrestling coach at Maryville Middle School or as assistant wrestling coach at Maryville High School, he is vice president of the baseball side of Maryville Little League and also coaches his son’s baseball team. In his “spare” time, Steverson still likes to have pencil in hand. “I’m usually drawing and sketching. I draw pictures of my kids and just things that inspire me,” he says.
Here is Bill Steverson:
Who are you most like, your mother or your father and why?
“I’d like to think I’ve gotten a bit of each of their good qualities, but I look more like my mom. I get my sense of humor from my mom, and I get my determination from my dad.”
What is your favorite quote from television or a movie?
“‘Go for it!’ from Rocky III.”
What are you guilty of?
“Never saying, ‘No,’ especially to Ben and Jerry’s ice cream - Cherry Garcia.”
What is your favorite material possession?
“My Uncle Pat’s drawing set.”
What are you reading currently?
“The Science of Hitting” by Ted Williams and “Pursuit of Honor” by Vince Flynn.
What was your most embarrassing moment?
“Senior year high school, I fell asleep in the middle of Trigonometry class, last class of the day. The teacher and all the other students got up and left silently and moved the classroom clock ahead 55 minutes. I woke up and looked at the clock and thought I was late for wrestling practice. I went running down the hall and, when I turned the corner, all the students and the teacher were waiting for me just laughing.”
What are the top three things on your bucket list?
“Swim with the Great White Sharks off the coast of Mexico; spend a summer and catch a major league baseball game with my dad in every stadium across the country; and, of course, because of the great architecture and also the inspiration, visit the Vatican and St. Peter’s Cathedral.”
What is one word others often use to describe you and why?
“Late. The clocks in ‘My World’ generally run about 15 minutes slower than the clocks in everyone else’s world.”
If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?
“Quit losing the hair on my head. I used to have a nice head of hair -- now not so much.”
What is your passion?
“My wife and kids. My world revolves around them. After that, coaching youth wrestling. It’s a great sport, and helps teach and develop so many great traits and attributes in kids. It takes a special kid to be a wrestler.”
With whom, living or dead, would you most like to have a long lunch?
“Jackie Robinson. My dad is a big baseball historian, and he has taught me so much about what a great person he was, not just in baseball, but about all the contributions he made to civil rights and human rights. He was truly a remarkable individual and influential in so many ways.”
If a movie were made about your life, who would play you and why?
“George Clooney. My wife would insist on it as she would want to play herself in the movie.”
If you could go back in time for a week, what time period or year would you visit?
“To the week in 1989 when my wife and I started dating. It was a great time, and I would certainly enjoy reliving it. We went to Carnegie Museum in Pittsburgh and then went to Parmanti Brothers for lunch.”
What is the best present you ever received in a box?
“My oldest son’s first homerun ball from Little League. It’s in a cube still sitting on my desk.”
What is the best advice your mother ever gave you?
“Always treat others the way you would want to be treated.”
Other than your parents, who has had the biggest influence on your life and why?
“My wife. She pushes me to be a better person every day.”
Do you Myspace, Facebook or Twitter?
“Facebook, a little, just to share pictures with friends and family, and to make snide remarks about my neighbors - it’s a friendly feud with my neighbors.”
What’s the worst job you have ever had?
“Fry cook at Captain D’s. The job wasn’t that bad, but it was tough during wrestling season to be around all those hush puppies and still make weight.”
What is your theme song that best describes you?
‘”Samba Pa Ti’ by Santana.”
What irritates you?
“Traffic. I just wish everyone would get out of my way.”
If you could go back in time, what advice would you give yourself at 18?
“Talk less, listen more, appreciate what you have and do everything you do full-speed.”