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.
  • Tuesday, May, 07, 2019
    Failure to Report Fight, Gun, Drugs Cause to Fire Coach

    Winston-Salem State University officials have announced that they intend to fire the school's head football coach, claiming he did not take proper action following an altercation between team members that possibly exposed the existence of guns and marijuana on campus.


  • Tuesday, May, 07, 2019
    Four Considerations When Specifying Indoor Training Turf

    Tyron Woodley's road to redemption will be paved with synthetic turf.


  • Monday, May, 06, 2019
    Illinois to Start Checking Backgrounds of HS Officials

    The Illinois High School Association board of directors has voted to join a growing number of state associations that implement background checks for sports officials.


  • Friday, May, 03, 2019
    Former AAU Coach Stephen Sentenced to Life for Abuse

    A U.S. district judge on Thursday sentenced former Iowa Barnstormers coach Greg Stephen to 180 years in federal prison, the maximum penalty he faced on sexual exploitation and pornography charges after preying upon boys who saw the coach as their hope to play college basketball.


  • Friday, May, 03, 2019
    UConn to Admit Students to All Home Games for Free

    The University of Connecticut announced Thursday that students will be admitted to all home sporting events free of charge beginning this fall.


  • Thursday, May, 02, 2019
    NCSHAA Approves Transgender, Home School Policies

    The North Carolina High School Athletic Association Board of Directors approved language on Wednesday that it says is more inclusive for transgender students who identify as a gender other than the one listed on their birth certificate. The board also approved new rules and guidelines intended to make to eligibility of home school students for sports participation more uniform across the state.


  • Wednesday, May, 01, 2019
    Ex-Coach Title IX Whistleblower Gets $100K Settlement

    A former athletic director and men's soccer coach at Dakota County Technical College in Rosemount, Minn., has won a $100,000 settlement from the school and Minnesota State, the state's college and university system, after he claimed his job responsibilities and pay were diminished in retaliation for pointing out financial mismanagement and gender-equity issues at the school.


  • Wednesday, May, 01, 2019
    District Athletic Trainer Reflects on 33-Year Career

    When Kelly Hoke, fresh out of college in 1986, became the first athletic trainer in the Rome (N.Y.) City School District's history, she had one request: an ice machine. When cell phone technology emerged, she was the first district employee to ask for and receive a brick-like mobile device that allowed Hoke to be reached day and night while tending to student-athletes competing at various venues in grades 7 through 12. But nothing — not education or ice or state-of-the-art connectivity — could equip Hoke for the shock in 2015 of responding to her own son after he was knocked unconscious during an eighth-grade football game. AB senior editor Paul Steinbach asked Hoke, who is retired May 24 from the only professional position she's ever held, about that emotional day and the changes she has witnessed in athletic training over the past 33 years.


  • Wednesday, May, 01, 2019
    Wellness Center Wall Features 24-Foot-Wide Door

    Some fitness facilities blur the line between interior and exterior. This one breaks the line, folds it up and slides it to the side.


  • Wednesday, May, 01, 2019
    Three Ways Fabric Structures Protect Athletes

    Fabric structures have always had selling points when compared to practice facilities constructed of glass, steel, brick and mortar — namely, they can be erected in a fraction of the time and at a fraction of the cost of traditional buildings. Not to be overlooked is the fact that fabric structures can provide for the safety and well-being of end users, too, and perhaps as well or better than conventional buildings. Here are three ways in which fabric structures stand tall for their occupants:


  • 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.