Paul Steinbach
Paul Steinbach (paul@athleticbusiness.com) 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, 30, 2012
    A-11 Football League Takes Major Step Toward Kickoff

    The A-11 Football League took the first big step toward kicking off a spring 2013 season when it began last week to formally engage with more than 20 interested city groups (including both municipal governments and sports authorities) in nearly as many states.


  • Wednesday, March, 28, 2012
    Former Wrestler Hudson Taylor Champions Tolerance

    As a member of the nation's top-ranked high school wrestling team, Hudson Taylor was subjected to homophobic taunts as a teen.


  • Tuesday, March, 27, 2012
    Sprint Football is Witnessing a Growth Spurt

    Bruce Kirsh has been associated with Franklin Pierce University for more than four decades as a student-athlete, coach and administrator.


  • Monday, March, 26, 2012
    Stadium Security Professionals Urged to Remain Diligent

     


  • Tuesday, March, 20, 2012
    Bipartisan Bus Safety Bill Rolls Through U.S. Senate

    Legislative wheels turn slowly, but five years removed from a March 2007 bus crash that killed five members of the Bluffton University baseball team and two others, a bill called the Motorcoach Enhanced Safety Act cleared the U.S. Senate last week as part of a larger transportation jobs bill.


  • Monday, March, 12, 2012
    Aquatics Industry Leader Joe Hunsaker Dead at 74

    Longtime aquatics industry leader Joe Hunsaker, cofounder of Counsilman-Hunsaker & Associates, died March 11 at age 74, having battled multiple sclerosis since 1978 and more recently cancer.


  • Friday, March, 02, 2012
    AG: Eight of 10 Alleged Sandusky Victims Abused at PSU

    Eight of the 10 alleged sexual abuse victims of former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky were abused on the Penn State campus. From an athletics administration standpoint, that has to be the most noteworthy revelation to emerge from a court document filed Thursday by the Pennsylvania attorney general's office.


  • Wednesday, February, 08, 2012
    Exacting Design Standards Spur Quality Track Construction

    It starts with a dotted line. Not the kind that stretches a short distance across the bottom of a contract, but one drawn to represent a closed circuit covering 400 meters.


  • Friday, February, 03, 2012
    Are Academic Support Centers Worth the Investment?

    Details emerged this week on the University of Wisconsin's "Athletic Village," a three-story, $77 million annex to the north end of Camp Randall Stadium to be completed in three phases by 2014. The 38,000-square-foot academic and strength training center will house (among other things) offices, study rooms, an auditorium, a library and a computer lab. It's a place, as the Wisconsin State Journal put it, "where student-athletes can study and train together."


  • Monday, January, 30, 2012
    Football Visionary Kurt Bryan Looks to Launch New Pro League

    During his first 21 years as a head football coach and offensive coordinator, Kurt Bryan ran exactly one play out of the shotgun formation.


  • Wednesday, November, 30, 2016
    AB Show 2016: The Magic of Orlando

    There’s something about Orlando, Fla., that stirs the nostalgia in this AB Show-goer. It’s where the conference and expo (as it used to be known) was held my first eight years at Athletic Business, and it has been there another four times since. In all, Orlando has served as the annual home away from home for AB roughly half the time in our show’s 35-year history.


  • 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.


  • Friday, August, 17, 2012
    Blog: Cheer These Pro Athletes for Giving Back

    Assuming your membership in the Latrell "I have a family to feed" Sprewell Fan Club has expired, may we suggest a couple of options.


  • 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.