Paul Steinbach
Paul Steinbach joined the Athletic Business staff in November 1999, and now holds the title of senior editor. His work covering college athletics and sports facility operation has garnered several regional and national journalism honors, including a Jesse H. Neal National Business Journalism Award. He is a 1989 graduate of the University of Wisconsin and currently resides with his children Jack and Libby in his hometown of West Bend, Wis. In his spare time, he enjoys mowing patterns into his backyard ballpark — the naming rights to which are still available.
  • Friday, March, 06, 2015
    Seven Questions to Ask When Staging a Sports Camp

    For insight into the staging of sports camps, Athletic Business looked no further than a couple of companies that do nothing but sports camps — and on a grand scale — in a marketplace in which seemingly everybody and his or her former-college-athlete cousin has launched one.


  • Tuesday, March, 03, 2015
    Minnesota Law: Ex-Coach Details Parent Settlement

    Details have come to light regarding a settlement reached between a former high school hockey coach and the parent of a player he cut from his team.


  • Wednesday, February, 11, 2015
    IHSAA Penalizes Teams Involved in Basketball Brawl

    The Indiana High School Athletic Association on Tuesday cancelled the seasons of boys’ basketball teams involved in a Feb. 10 brawl, video of which went viral.



    In addition, the rival programs from Hammond and Griffith high schools have been placed on probation for the 2015-16 season. Other penalties include mandatory completion by coaches and players of online courses administered by the National Federation of State High School Associations and a $500 per-game reimbursement to other schools scheduled to host the teams yet this season.

    READ THE IHSAA'S FULL NEWS RELEASE HERE

    The game, which Hammond led 4-0 with 5:32 remaining in the first quarter, was ruled a double forfeit.



  • Thursday, February, 05, 2015
    Inside the Modern Team Locker Room

    Awesome.

    It's an overused word, particularly among Millennials and Dick Vitale. But it has its moments, like when visitors first enter the Hatfield-Dowlin Complex at the University of Oregon.

    "It's awe, really, when people walk in," senior associate athletic director for marketing and public relations Craig Pintens says of the typical reaction, having personally guided close to a hundred tours of the 140,000-square-foot football facility. "It exceeds expectations every time."


  • Monday, January, 19, 2015
    YMCA Renovation Leverages Existing Materials

    Deciding whether existing materials can or should be saved is a key aspect of most renovation work. But conserving resources while sparing landfills is only part of the story.


  • Thursday, January, 15, 2015
    How to Make Bleacher Seating More ADA Accessible

    Kay Park Recreation Corp. got a call in July from Hampton-Dumont High School in Hampton, Iowa. The wood bleachers on the home side of the school's football field, in place since the school opened in the late 1960s, were in need of renovation. More important, perhaps, complaints had come from wheelchair users unable to fully enjoy the game experience from their designated area on the running track surrounding the field.


  • Tuesday, November, 11, 2014
    Tracking Facility Investment in Collegiate Athletics

    Noting that Knight Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics reports and other research often fail to address issues of facility use and the fan experience, stadium and venue design firm AECOM, in collaboration with Ohio University's Center for Sports Administration, released in August results of the inaugural Trends in Collegiate Athletics survey.


  • Monday, November, 10, 2014
    Get to Know Your Peers When Attending ABC

    This is a story about a conversation Lou Holtz and I never had.


  • Wednesday, November, 05, 2014
    Glass Brightens Prep Hockey Rink, Broadens Functionality

    Advances in glass, and awareness of how best to apply them, have brought daylighting into more common use in ice rinks, making these spaces much more pleasant, bright and airy than the concrete-block and metal-paneled refrigerators of old.


  • Friday, October, 10, 2014
    Utah State Facility Ramps Up Prominence of Plyometric Training

    Other college athletic training facilities have incorporated inclines for plyometric workouts, but few showcase the amenity like Utah State University.


  • Monday, November, 10, 2014
    Get to Know Your Peers When Attending ABC

    This is a story about a conversation Lou Holtz and I never had.


  • Tuesday, August, 12, 2014
    Robin Williams Drew Attention to Inaugural Augie’s BASH

    Robin Williams possessed the kind of frenetic magnetism that dared you to look away. For me, it wasn’t possible. The actor/comedian’s larger-than-life persona was tailor-made for a movie screen.


  • Thursday, January, 17, 2013
    Blog: The Tangled Webs of Lance Armstrong, Manti Te'o

    The twisted tales of Lance Armstrong and Manti Te'o are now intertwined. Heroes to many, these athletes have lived lies before our eyes, and now those lies are unraveling within the same week.


  • Monday, December, 03, 2012
    Blog: The Life and Death of Rick Majerus

    The first time I saw Rick Majerus in person, he was sitting in seldom-used end-court bleachers that had been wheeled into position for a Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association Class C basketball sectional at my high school alma mater's field house. I was there to cover a game for my hometown newspaper, The West Bend News. Majerus, an assistant coach at Marquette at the time (this was the mid-'80s), was there to scout Kohler, Wis., phenom Joe Wolf, who would eventually attend North Carolina.


  • Sunday, January, 17, 2010
    Blog: Still Believing, 34 Years (and Counting) Later

    Editor's Note: AB Senior Editor Paul Steinbach authored this piece in January 2010, but with February 22nd marking the 34th anniversary of the Miracle on Ice and the U.S. men's hockey team facing off against Canada on Friday, the message still rings true.

    For nearly 30 years now, the 1980 U.S. Olympic hockey team has been an off-and-on obsession of mine.


  • Thursday, December, 10, 2009
    A Choice to Make

    There's precedent for a Catholic institution sticking with a coach despite his pro-choice stance on abortion. Rick Majerus is in his third season heading the St. Louis University men's basketball program after admitting during a TV interview at a January 2008 Hillary Clinton campaign rally that he is "pro-choice, personally." But will a Catholic institution hire a pro-choice coach? Somehow, during speculation that University of Cincinnati head football coach Brian Kelly is next in line to bear the Notre Dame football cross, the rumor spread that Kelly, an Irish Catholic who decades ago campaigned for Democratic presidential candidate Gary Hart, is pro-choice. But no one seems to know for sure. "I searched online media archives all day today trying to find one reputable media reference to Kelly's stance on abortion," read a Tuesday post by Brooks at sportsbybrooks.com. "I found none."


  • Wednesday, November, 11, 2009
    Hit 'Em Straight

    When the AB editors dedicated our July issue to best environmental practices in the athletics, fitness and recreation industries, we managed to overlook one egregious hazard to our planet's health: golf balls.