ORONO, Maine — Todd Steelman was a relatively quiet presence on the sidelines for the University of Maine women’s basketball team.
Prior to home games at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor, the Black Bears’ associate head coach always got everyone’s attention with his melodious renditions of “The Star Spangled Banner.”
Steelman is preparing to take his coaching skills, and his singing talents, down south.
Jon Alba of WFVX/WVII TV in Bangor reported via Twitter on Monday that Steelman confirmed he has agreed in principle to become the next head women’s basketball coach at Presbyterian University in Clinton, South Carolina.
Presbyterian is a Division I program that competes in the Big South Conference. Steelman will replace Ronny Fisher, who recently was hired as the head coach at Campbell University after eight seasons with the Blue Hose.
Steelman could not immediately be reached for comment on Tuesday. Presbyterian athletics spokesman Simon Whitaker said the college will make an announcement about the coaching position on Wednesday morning.
Steelman spent four seasons at UMaine under head coach Richard Barron, focusing on the development of the Black Bears’ post players along with game planning film breakdown. He also served as the program’s community relations manager by coordinating outreach and service projects.
At UMaine, Steelman worked closely with outgoing seniors Liz Wood and Mikaela Gustafsson in helping them improve their play in the post.
The move to Presbyterian will take Steelman closer to his roots, as he is a native of Hickory, North Carolina.
Prior to UMaine, Steelman was the associate head coach at Ball State University from 2010 to 2012. He spent the previous five seasons as an assistant at Clemson University.
He began his Division I coaching career as an assistant at Rice from 2003 to 2005. Steelman developed his skills as a coach at Cresset Christian Academy in Durham, North Carolina, and at Kerr-Vance Academy in Henderson, North Carolina.
Steelman is a 1989 graduate of John Brown University, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in broadcasting. He did graduate studies in recreation sports administration at the University of North Carolina and served as a volunteer with the 1994 NCAA champion Tar Heels women’s basketball team.
Steelman was eager to share his singing talents with UMaine fans. Last season, as a tribute to the team’s seniors, he learned and performed the national anthems of Black Bear players from Sweden, Finland, Germany, Serbia and Great Britain.
Steelman’s two younger children, Hannah and Jonathan, both attend and play sports at Orono High School. He and his wife, Tracy, also have an older son, Matthew.