Katy Steding, a 1990 NCAA National Champion and an Olympic gold medalist with Team USA in 1996 in Atlanta, enters her second season at California since joining the Golden Bear coaching staff in May of 2012.
Steding works primarily with the team’s post players where she aided in the development of All-America and Wade Watch list selection Gennifer Brandon in 2012-13. Steding helped lead the Bears to the first Pac-12 title and NCAA Final Four berth in program history in her first season with the Bears.
Steding came to Cal from right across the bay, having spent two seasons serving as the associate head coach of the San Francisco Dons from 2010-12. Prior to her two year stint coaching alongside fellow Stanford alum Jennifer Azzi at USF, Steding had a decade-long coaching career that included being a head coach at NAIA Warner Pacific College (2001-08), an assistant with the WNBA Atlanta Dream (2008), and an assistant coach at Columbia University.
Steding spent seven years in her native Oregon as the head women's basketball coach at Warner Pacific College. During her stint in Portland, Steding recorded two 20-plus win seasons, leading the Knights to the NAIA Division II National Tournaments in 2004 and 2006. In 2005-06, the Knights won their first ever Cascade Collegiate Conference title with a 22-9 record, as Steding was named CCC Coach of the Year.
Prior to entering the coaching ranks, Steding assembled an impressive collegiate and professional career. A three-year Pac-10 All-Conference selection at Stanford, Steding was one of the most versatile players in Cardinal history. She capped her career ninth in scoring with 1,586 points and fourth in rebounds with 864 boards. A remarkable shooter, Steding paced the conference in three-point shooting as a senior with a .464 clip. Steding teamed with current USF head coach Jennifer Azzi to lead Stanford to its first ever national championship in 1990.
Steding went on to play professionally overseas in Japan and Spain before returning stateside, earning a spot on the US Senior National Team in 1995-96. Dubbed the "Women's Dream Team", Steding joined Azzi and a myriad of other women's basketball standouts to compile a 60-0 record. The squad capped their undefeated run with a gold medal at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics.
From there, Steding moved on to play for the Portland Power of the American Basketball League and the Sacramento Monarchs and Seattle Storm of the WNBA. Steding retired from professional basketball in 2001.
A native of Tualatin, Oregon, Steding graduated from Stanford in 1990 with a degree in Psychology and was inducted into the Oregon Sports Hall of Fame in 2004.