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Double Dels Herb & Stephanie Courtney
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Double Dels Herb & Stephanie Courtney
By Delaware Athletics
Feb 19, 2018

This is the third of a Valentine's Day series during the month of February featuring University of Delaware student-athlete Double Del couples. Stay tuned throughout the month for additional stories.

While Delaware Athletics can be an intense and competitive environment, it has also produced several power couples, known in Newark as Double Dels. A unique term coined by the University of Delaware for alumni married to other alumni, UD has 22,250 Double Dels, more than 15% of Blue Hen alumni.

Herb Courtney and Stephanie Barry, two of the best athletes in their sport at the time, are two of those Double Dels. Their relationship began during their time at Delaware, when Herb played basketball (2003-08) and Stephanie played volleyball (2006-09). 

Herb, ranking in the top-15 at UD in both career points and rebounds, was a two-time All-CAA selection and earned the team MVP award twice as a Blue Hen. Stephanie was a two-time All-American, holds the school record for digs, and was inducted into the UD Athletics Hall of Fame in 2015.

Herb and Steph first met the summer before his senior year and her sophomore year. Being a volleyball player meant coming to school in the summer for preseason and as a basketball player, Herb stayed the whole summer to train. They met through mutual friends, as a pair of their teammates were dating each other at the time. 

“Going into that summer I didn’t think I was going to get into a relationship because I was a senior and I pretty much knew I was going to play abroad so I didn’t really want to commit to anything… but the opposite happened,” Herb said.

For the next year, they supported each other’s athletic careers by attending each other’s games. After graduating, Herb went on to play abroad in Argentina for a year and the pair started a long-distance relationship. 

“We stayed together while I was abroad and that was when I knew we were going to last,” Herb remembered. “She stuck with me and our bond definitely got stronger.”

“It was definitely an adjustment, but we Skyped all the time. We didn’t go more than a couple of months without seeing each other, so that was always nice,” Steph explained.

Herb and Steph got married in June of 2011 in Newport Beach, California with a lot of former Delaware athletes in attendance, including Herb’s teammates Henry Olawoye, Chris Prothro, Jim Ledsome, Deon Goodman and team manager A.J. Johnson.  Steph also had some of her teammates in attendance including Michelle LaLonde and Greta Gibboney.

“It was almost a Delaware takeover on the dance floor with all of our teammates. It was a really good time.” Steph reminisced. 

Herb and Stephanie have a two-year-old son, Herb III, who is already following his dad’s footsteps with a love for basketball, and the couple is expecting their second child in April.

While Herb is now an assistant coach at Binghamton University, Delaware Athletics is still a very big part of their lives. 

“I still talk to my teammates all the time,” Herb said. “We definitely try to make it back a few times a year and we try to support in any way we can.”

Their son went to his first Delaware Homecoming last year.

“I come down to Delaware at least once a month for work and when I make it onto campus it’s crazy to see how much they’ve revamped the school and the athletic complexes,” Steph explained. “We are definitely still invested in Delaware Athletics. We love the school and everything it gave us.”

Story written by Michelle Burnett, UD Athletics Communications Student Intern

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