Like her twin brother Brian, Stephanie Glucksman also grew up at Oakwood. Her drive and determination in athletics began at an early age with the support of her parents, who she says never missed a game. Her passion for sports was fostered at Oakwood Elementary by PE teacher (and later coach) Mike Smith, who instilled in her the importance of teamwork, sportsmanship, accountability, commitment, and the ability to learn and grow from mistakes. Throughout her high school career, she was further motivated and taught by exceptional coaches: Dave Smith in softball, and Rainy Chrisman Smith in volleyball. These coaches became both mentors and treasured friends with whom Stephanie has remained in contact.
Stephanie became one of the most versatile and accomplished athletes in Oakwood history. A four-year varsity athlete in three sports—volleyball, basketball, and softball—Stephanie was also captain of each team. In basketball, she was the starting point guard her freshman year and guided her team to a Liberty League championship. She was the leading scorer and earned first team All-League honors all four years as the team earned several CIF playoff berths.
In softball, she was the starting shortstop her freshman year. Stephanie was the lead-off hitter, ending her career with an on base percentage of over .900 and making All-League both her junior and senior year. She also led the team in stolen bases.
In volleyball, she played setter and earned second team All League honors as a senior. She was also fortunate to have her twin brother Brian with her each step of the way, providing guidance as the manager of her team.
Because of these accomplishments, Stephanie was honored as Oakwood’s Athlete of the Year in 1998. After Oakwood, Stephanie continued as an intramural athlete at UC San Diego and in graduate school at the UCLA Anderson School of Management. Stephanie has built a successful career in Corporate Finance. Inspired at a young age by her parents, siblings, and coaches, sports remain a very important aspect of her life.