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Blue Hose Name Steelman Women’s Basketball Head Coach
Presbyterian College and Athletic Director Brian Reese announced Wednesday the addition of Todd Steelman as the new women’s basketball head coach. He will start immediately, becoming the seventh head coach in PC’s women’s basketball history.
“We are real excited to have Todd (Steelman) join the Blue Hose family,” said Reese. “During the entire evaluation process, his name came up time and time again from key figures across the women's basketball landscape. As we did further research on Todd, it became very clear that he was the type of person and head coach that would excel here and improve our women's basketball team. At the end of his campus visit, I knew we had the right guy to lead this outstanding team.”
Steelman comes from the University of Maine where he spent four seasons as associate head coach focusing on working with the Maine posts as well as all aspects of game planning and film breakdown. Steelman was the team’s community relations manager with a focus on engaging the team’s outreach and involvement with community service projects.
“I am honored and thrilled to begin my journey as the women's basketball coach here at Presbyterian College,” said Coach Steelman. “It is a very exciting time for me and my family, without question, and I would like to thank President Bob Staton and Brian Reese for giving me this opportunity. Coach (Ronny) Fisher did an outstanding job securing a foundation for success here, and I'm looking forward to building on that success with some truly outstanding student-athletes. It's great to be a part of the Blue Hose, and we are ready to get to work.”
Steelman joined the Black Bears after spending his previous 10 years as an associate and assistant coach at the Division I level. Prior to Maine, Steelman was the associate head coach at Ball State from 2010-12 where he was involved in all aspects of the program including the coordination of his defensive philosophy, directing the scouting aspects of the program, recruiting, and developing the post-players. While at Ball State, Steelman was selected as one of the Top 25 Mid-Major Assistant Coaches by CollegeInsider.com.
Before his time at Ball State, the Hickory, NC native spent five years as an assistant with Clemson. With the Tigers, Steelman worked with both the post and perimeter player development, broke down film, and played a large part in recruiting and evaluation of prospective student-athletes.
Steelman began his Division I coaching career as an assistant at Rice University from 2003-05. While at Rice, Steelman was again involved in all aspects of coaching an NCAA Division I program.
Along with his time as an associate and assistant coach, Steelman has directed many sports camps while also coaching various high school athletics from 1994-2003, including being named the 1998 and 2002 Triad Athletic Conference Varsity Girls’ Basketball Coach of the Year. Steelman was the Cresset Christian Academy Athletic Director in Durham, N.C. from 2001-03 and also from 1997-99.
Steelman was the head varsity girls basketball coach at the Academy from 1994-99 and again from 2001-03. While coaching at Cresset Christian Academy, he managed the team to five-straight undefeated conference seasons and three-straight state championship game appearances. In between his time at Cresset Christian Academy, Steelman was the head varsity girls' basketball coach at Kerr-Vance Academy where he guided the squad to the school's first ever conference championship and state tournament bid.
“This is great news for Todd and for Presbyterian College;” said Maine Head Coach Richard Barron. “PC is a terrific school and I can think of no one who better exemplifies the ideals and values of PC. Todd will bring with him a wealth of experience from several DI programs. Todd was an integral part of our success rebuilding Maine's program and he has left his mark in the community. I am excited to see him put his own stamp on a program. We will cheer for PC and wish Todd and his family all the best.”
A member of both the Women’s Basketball Coaches’ Association and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Steelman graduated with a B.S. in Broadcasting from John Brown in 1989 before doing graduate studies work in Recreation Sports Administration at North Carolina from 1993-95. While at North Carolina, Steelman worked as a volunteer with the 1993-94 NCAA Championship women’s basketball team.
Steelman and his wife, Tracy, are the proud parents of their three children, Matthew (a recent graduate of the men’s basketball team at Wofford), Hannah, and Jonathan.