ORONO, Maine — Todd Steelman, who has spent 10 years as an associate and assistant coach at the Division I level, has been named associate head coach of the University of Maine women’s basketball team, head coach Richard Barron announced in a press release Friday.
“I am thrilled to be joining the Black Bear program,” said Steelman in the release. “Coach Barron and the staff have already made great strides with the team and I am looking forward to doing my part as we reach for excellence. My experiences have prepared me well, I’m excited about the opportunity, and I’m ready to hit the court and work with the players.”
“I am delighted to announce the hiring of Todd Steelman,” said Barron. “Todd is an excellent teacher, a skilled tactician and a veteran recruiter. We are very fortunate to have someone of his experience to join our staff. He will be a tremendous asset with such a young team next season.”
Steelman joins the Black Bears with more than 19 years of teaching and coaching experience.
Before Maine, Steelman was the associate head coach at Ball State University 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, N.C., native spent five years as an assistant with Clemson University of the Atlantic Coast Conference. 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 a NCAA Division I program.
A member of both the Women’s Basketball Coaches’ Association and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Steelman graduated with a bachelor’s degree in broadcasting from John Brown University in 1989 before doing graduate studies work in Recreation Sports Administration at the University of 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 parents of three children, Matthew (a recent graduate and member of the men’s basketball team at Wofford College), Hannah and Jonathan.