Danielle Steinberg, the 2014 Southland Conference Coach of the Year has been named the seventh head women's tennis coach at Kansas State, Athletics Director John Currie announced on Wednesday.
Steinberg, who has spent the previous two seasons as the head coach at McNeese State, agreed to a five-year contract approved by the K-State Athletics, Inc., Board of Directors. Steinberg was selected after a national search by K-State's search committee of Currie, Assistant Athletics Director of Administration and Chief of Staff Clint Dowdle, Senior Women's Administrator Jill Shields, Senior Associate Athletics Director Casey Scott and Associate Athletics Director Lindsey Babcock.
"I am so grateful for this incredible opportunity and I want to thank John Currie, Clint Dowdle and the entire search committee for trusting me to lead their program," said Steinberg. "Their belief in me and my vision for this team are both humbling and motivating.
In her two seasons at McNeese State, Steinberg guided the women's tennis team to unseen heights with a 29-17 overall record including a 2014 Southland Conference Coach of the Year honor and 2014 All-Louisiana co-Coach of the Year honors.
In 2014, Steinberg guided the Cowgirls to a 16-7 overall mark, including a 10-2 record in Southland Conference action which resulted in a number three seed in the conference tournament. At the conclusion of the season, the Cowgirls achieved the first top-10 regional ranking in the Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) regional rankings in the program's history. McNeese State's 16-7 overall record was the first time the Cowgirls finished a season with 15 or more wins since the 2005 season.
The Cowgirls were also successful in the classroom in 2014, as they were selected as an Intercollegiate Tennis Association (ITA) All-Academic Team, with five student-athletes earning ITA Scholar-Athlete honors.
A native of Tel Aviv, Israel, Steinberg graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Arizona with a BA in Social and Behavioral Science. She also received a MEd in Sport Management from Wichita State in May 2012.
"The program will be built with student-athletes at the center," said Steinberg. "It's my personal responsibility for our student-athletes to represent K-State in a positive light, on and off the court and in the community. We will all work hard and compete harder than any of us ever have before, and we will do things the right way. Together we will build a program that will make the K-State family proud."