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.
  • Monday, April, 01, 2019
    Notre Dame's McGraw Says She'll No Longer Hire Men

    Notre Dame women's basketball coach Muffet McGraw's one-word, two-letter response to a direct question wrote a headline and garnered a reaction from her greatest rival.


  • Friday, March, 29, 2019
    Madness: Colgate Pep Band Replaced by OSU Imposters

    The Colgate University men's basketball team made a respectable showing against second-seeded Tennessee in a South Region NCAA tournament game last Friday, losing 77-70. The Colgate pep band, however, made no showing at all.


  • Friday, March, 29, 2019
    Appeals Panel Lifts Deadline on EMU Softball Reboot

    A three-judge appeals panel has ruled that Eastern Michigan University does not need to honor a lower court's order to hire a women's softball coach by April 1 in the interest of restarting the program in the fall, according to the Detroit Free Press.


  • Thursday, March, 28, 2019
    Ohio State Targets Athletes with Leadership Institute

    The Ohio State University athletic department announced this week details of its new Eugene D. Smith Leadership Institute, designed to enhance student-athletes' professional development.


  • Thursday, March, 28, 2019
    Lawsuit: Baylor Slow to Investigate Reported Assault

    A former Baylor University equestrian athlete filed a lawsuit Wednesday in U.S. District Court in Waco, Texas, alleging the school's Title IX investigators were too slow in handling her report of a 2017 sexual assault by football players.


  • Wednesday, March, 27, 2019
    AD Who Used Hitler in Leadership Speech Suspended

    Joe Piro, the highly respected high school athletic director who evoked Adolf Hitler during a speech on leadership, has been suspended.


  • Tuesday, March, 26, 2019
    South Bend Schools Describe Position Replacing ADs

    The Board of School Trustees for South Bend Community School Corporation approved the job description for the new dean of students/athletics position during a meeting Monday, according to a report by ABC News affiliate WBND.


  • Tuesday, March, 26, 2019
    Six Coaches Plead Not Guilty in Admissions Scandal

    A dozen individuals, including six coaches, pleaded not guilty Monday in a Boston federal court to charges stemming from the bribery scandal that has rocked college admissions offices and athletic departments since the story broke March 12.


  • Monday, March, 25, 2019
    Is Running-Based Fitness Test Coming to Air Force?

    The U.S. Air Force may soon rely on running as the primary means of assessing the fitness of airmen and airwomen, according to a report in Runner's World.


  • Monday, March, 25, 2019
    Stanford Safeguarding Athlete Admissions Process

    In the wake of the recent admissions bribery scandal that has implicated several elite colleges, Stanford has added another layer to its admissions process for students applying to the university as athletes.


  • Friday, January, 05, 2018
    AB Today 2017: Our Top 10 Stories of the Past Year

    Deregulation and legal action. Out-of-control training and recruiting practices. These were topics that drew much of our readers’ attention in 2017.  AB Today has compiled a list of the top stories that broke in this space over the past year. Here are the 10 that garnered the most page views, in ascending order:


  • 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.