Katy Steding enters her third year at the helm of the Terriers in 2016-17. The Olympic gold medalist and NCAA champion looks to improve upon the team's success with the addition of two new Terriers including the Maine State Gatorate Player of the Year.
A 15-year coaching veteran, Steding came to BU after sepending two seasons at California where she helped lead the Golden Bears to their first Pac-12 title and a pair of trips to the NCAA tournament. Under her guidance, the 2012-13 team posted a 32-4 overall record and earned the first Final Four berth in program history. Her main responsibilities at Cal included recruiting, working with the post players and overseeing the team's offense.
BU is Steding's second head-coaching position, as she spent seven seasons at the helm of the Warner Pacific College (NAIA) program in her native Oregon, helping it transition from a club-level program to a varsity team. During her time in Portland, Steding recorded a pair of 20-plus win seasons, leading the Knights to the NAIA Division II National Tournaments in 2004 and 2006. The 2004 selection to the national tournament marked the first postseason appearance in school history for men's or women's basketball.
Steding was named the Cascade Collegiate Conference (CCC) Coach of the Year at the conclusion of the 2005-06 season after leading the Knights to their first-ever CCC title with a 22-9 record. Throughout her seven-year stint, Steding recruited 11 All-Conference performers and 11 Academic All-Americans to Warner Pacific.
Before joining the coaching staff at Cal, Steding was an associate head coach at the University of San Francisco from 2010-12, overseeing recruiting and player and practice development in addition to opponent scouting. At USF, Steding teamed with Hall of Famer and Stanford and Olympic teammate Jennifer Azzi. The 2011-12 squad earned a win over a nationally ranked Brigham Young team.
Prior to her stint at USF, Steding served as an assistant at Columbia during the 2009-10 season. She helped the Lions achieve a top-three Ivy League finish and the highest RPI in school history while developing Columbia's first-ever Ivy League Player of the Year, who went on to earn All-America Third Team honors.
Steding also served as an assistant coach for the WNBA's Atlanta Dream during the franchise's inaugural season in 2008.
A three-time Pac-10 All-Conference selection at Stanford, Steding was one of the most versatile players in Cardinal history. She finished her career ranked ninth in scoring with 1,586 points and fourth in rebounds with 864 boards. During her senior season she shot a conference-best 46.4 percent from beyond the arc and led Stanford to a pair of Pac-10 titles.
Steding and the Cardinal captured Stanford's first-ever NCAA championship in 1990. She was named the CBS/Chevrolet Player of the Game after scoring 18 points and grabbing seven rebounds in Stanford's 88-81 victory over Auburn in the title game.
Steding graduated from Stanford in 1990 with a degree in psychology and embarked on a professional playing career overseas with stops in Japan and Spain before returning to the states and earning a spot on U.S. National Team in 1995. Dubbed the "Women's Dream Team," Steding teamed with Teresa Edwards, Rebecca Lobo, Sheryl Swoopes and a myriad of other women's basketball superstars to compile a 60-0 record that culminated with a gold medal at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics.
After her time with Team USA, Steding became a founding player for the Portland Power of the American Basketball League before playing with Sacramento Monarchs and Seattle Storm of the WNBA. Steding retired from professional basketball in 2001.
During her time at Warner Pacific, Steding also served as Director of Marketing and College Relations from March 2006 to April 2008. Her marketing and advertising efforts resulted in a 30 percent increase in both applications and enrollment.
A native of Tualatin, Oregon, Steding was inducted into the Stanford Sports Hall of Fame in 2002 and the Oregon Sports Hall of Fame in 2004.