NEW YORK – Olympic gold medalist and NCAA national champion Katy Steding has joined the Columbia University women’s basketball team as an assistant coach, head coach Paul Nixon announced today. Steding joins the Lions after serving this past year as an assistant coach for the Atlanta Dream of the Women’s National Basketball Association.
“We are ecstatic to be adding Katy Steding to our coaching staff here at Columbia,” Nixon says. “To add a coach of Katy’s caliber, with all that she’s accomplished and given back to women’s basketball, really speaks volumes to how far we’ve come with our program. Our student-athletes are truly the winners with this hire, as they will not only benefit from having a coach who has played for and won championships at the highest levels, but they are also getting an outstanding role model.”
Steding spent the 2008-09 season with Atlanta as the team made the transition into the WNBA as an expansion franchise. Prior to joining the Dream, Steding had spent seven years as head women’s basketball coach at Warner Pacific College in her native Oregon.
During her stint at Warner Pacific, Steding had two 20-win seasons and led the Knights to a pair of NAIA Division II National Tournament appearances in 2004 and 2006. In 2005-06, Warner Pacific went 22-9 and won the Cascade Collegiate Conference for the first time in school history as Steding was named the CCC Coach of the Year.
Before entering the coaching ranks, Steding put together a decorated amateur and professional playing career that began at Stanford University. A three-time All-Pac-10 honoree, Steding was one of the most versatile players in Cardinal history. She closed her career ninth in scoring with 1,586 points and fourth in rebounding at 864. Also a remarkable outside shooter, Steding led the Pac-10 in three-point shooting as a senior at 46.4 percent as she helped Stanford win its first-ever national championship in 1990.
Steding went on to play professionally in Japan and Spain before returning stateside and earning a spot on the United States National Team in 1995-96. Dubbed the “Women’s Dream Team,” Steding teamed with Teresa Edwards, Rebecca Lobo and a myriad of other women’s basketball superstars to compile a 60-0 record. The Red, White and Blue capped off their undefeated run with a gold medal at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics.
From there, Steding went on to play for the Portland Power of the American Basketball League, and the Sacramento Monarchs and Seattle Storm of the WNBA, before retiring from professional basketball in 2001.
“The future of Columbia women’s basketball looks even better with Katy on board,” Nixon concludes. “Katy is excited about being back in the same kind of competitive academic environment she experienced herself, and she’s anxious to share how she was able to excel both on and off the court. Having an assistant who has already been a head coach also gives me great confidence she is ready, willing and able to help with every aspect of our program as we continue to build toward our first Ivy League Championship.”