May 6, 2005
Clemson women’s basketball head coach Cristy McKinney has named Todd Steelman an assistant coach. Steelman served as an assistant under McKinney at Rice University during the past two seasons.
“I’m really happy to have Todd come with me from Rice,” McKinney said. “He is an enthusiastic, energetic coach who is good on the court with the players. His personality and communication skills allow him to be a good recruiter. Plus, his high school experience provides us with a lot of contacts in the state of North Carolina.”
While at Rice, Steelman helped guide the Lady Owls to a 46-19 record from 2003-05. During that time, Rice received bids to the WNIT and NCAA Tournament. This past season, he helped Rice to a school-record 24 wins and second WAC Tournament Championship.
Steelman began his coaching career in high school basketball in the state of North Carolina. He spent seven seasons (1994-99 and 2001-03) as the head girls’ basketball coach at Cresset Christian Academy in Durham, NC. He also served as the school’s athletic director four of the years he spent at Cresset. During his tenure at the school, he guided the Lady Eagles to 156 wins and an appearance in the 2002 championship game of the North Carolina Independent Schools Athletic Association. Steelman, two-time Triad Athletic Conference Coach of the Year, also spent time as the boys’ basketball and cross country head coach.
Steelman served as the head girls’ basketball coach at Kerr-Vance Academy in Henderson, NC from 1999-2001. He led the Lady Spartans to their first ever Coastal Plains Conference Championship in 2000, and was named Coach of the Year by the Henderson Daily Dispatch.
He earned his undergraduate degree from John Brown University in 1989. He attended graduate school at the University of North Carolina and spent time as a volunteer with the women’s basketball program during its 1993-94 NCAA Championship season.
Steelman is married to the former Tracy Millsap. The couple has three children: Matthew (15), Hannah (5), and Jonathan (3).
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