Bobby Steinburg is in his second season as Associate Head Coach with the Youngstown State men’s basketball program.
During the 2017-18 season, the Penguins set a school record with 266 steals, breaking the 27-year-old record of 255 set in 1990-91. Youngstown State also scored 2,410 points, which rank fifth on the single-season scoring list and is just the fifth time in school history a YSU team has scored more than 2,400 points in a season.
Steinburg, who has long been known as one of the most highly networked and knowledgeable coaches in the game, spent the previous nine seasons as an assistant coach at Kent State and helped the Golden Flashes to the 2017 Mid-American Conference Tournament Championship and an NCAA Tournament berth.
In 2016-17, Steinburg assisted the Golden Flashes to a 22-14 record and victories in nine of their last 10 games before the NCAA Tournament.
Steinburg also aided Kent State to three MAC regular-season championships, averaging over 21 wins per season and reaching postseason seven of his nine years.
Consistently recognized as one of the nation’s top assistant coaches by national publications, Steinburg was ranked seventh in CoachStat.net’s Top 25 Mid-Major Assistants Ready for a Jump. In 2015, NextUpRecruits.com acknowledged the Golden Flashes aid as one of the Top-5 assistant coaches in the Mid-American Conference. In December 2011, Basketball Times Magazine, listed Steinburg as one of the 'Best Future NCAA Division I Head Coaches', ranking No. 6 nationally.
During his tenure on the Kent staff, Steinburg’s vaunted recruiting efforts have landed the program student-athletes from across the country and beyond, including First Team NJCAA Division I All-American Chris Evans, who went on to earn First Team All-MAC accolades for the 2012-13 season. In all Steinburg has signed six All-Americans and seven Top-100 recruits to the Kent State program.
In the 2014-15 season, Kent State advanced to the quarterfinals of the Collegeinsider.com Post Season tournament. The Flashes won two games in postseason environments at Middle Tennessee State and Texas A&M – Corpus Christi.
Prior to joining the Kent State staff in 2008-09, Steinburg was the head coach for two seasons at Motlow State (Tenn.) College.
At Motlow State, Steinburg resurrected a moribund program that won only seven games in the season prior to his appointment into a national contender. In his first season at the helm, the Bucks compiled a 10-6 TJCCAA league record and a share of the Eastern Division regular season championship. In year two, given time to bring a full recruiting class aboard, Steinburg led Motlow to a school record 28-5 mark, was ranked as high as No. 8, and finished with a No. 15 final national ranking.
From 1969-2006, Motlow men’s basketball had only sent a handful of student-athletes to NCAA Division I. In Steinburg’s two-year tenure, nine athletes moved on to college basketball’s elite level, a testament to his eye for talent on the recruiting trail, as well as his leadership in holding his student-athletes accountable in the classroom. Included in that list are former KSU student-athletes Tyree Evans, the sixth rated recruit by Rivals.com and Frank Henry-Ala, who was ranked 71st on the list.
Prior to his arrival at Motlow State, Steinburg served as an assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at the University of California- Davis. Given the task of aiding the Aggies’ transition from NCAA Division II to I reclassification, Steinburg responded by signing what many considered the best recruiting classes in the Big West Conference during his tenure. In addition to his recruiting efforts, Steinburg played an instrumental role in skill development, scouting, marketing and public relations of the Aggie basketball program.
From 2001-2003 Steinburg served as lead assistant at Bellarmine University in Louisville, Ky.
Steinburg spent 2000-2001 coaching at the University of Idaho under one of the game’s great teachers, C. David Farrar. His appointment distinguished him among the youngest Division I full-time assistant coaches in the country at age 25.
Prior to his stint at Idaho, Steinburg served two seasons as assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at Motlow. His back-to-back recruiting classes helped put Motlow in the national top-25 in the National Junior College Athletic Association for two straight seasons; a feat that had not been accomplished again until the Steinburg’s return as head coach 2006-08.
He began his coaching career as both a student and graduate-assistant coach under Farrar and former North Carolina Tar Heel, Randy Wiel at Middle Tennessee State University in Murfreesboro, Tenn.
Steinburg received his bachelor’s and master’s degrees at Middle Tennessee State. Originally from Oswego, N.Y., he grew up in Richmond, Va. The son of Rep. Bob Steinburg (R-NC) and Marie Steinburg, he is single and resides in Stow, Ohio