Danielle Steinberg — the 2014 Southland Conference Coach of the Year — has been named the seventh head women’s tennis coach at Kansas State, athletic director John Currie announced 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 AD of administration and chief of staff Clint Dowdle, senior women’s administrator Jill Shields, senior associate AD Casey Scott and associate AD 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,” Steinberg said in a press release. “Their belief in me and my vision for this team are both humbling and motivating.
“It was very clear from the beginning of the process that this is a perfect fit for all sides. I share the same values as K-State Athletics, values that are based on honest hard work. I already feel comfortable working alongside this great staff and am thrilled to become a part of the K-State family and call Manhattan my home.”
Currie said he is excited to welcome Steinberg to Manhattan.
“While at McNeese, she led the program to its first winning season in almost a decade and developed a very young team into a contender while producing back to back conference and freshmen players of the year,” Currie said. “Coach Steinberg’s reputation as a recruiter — both nationally and internationally — as well as her focus on player development and successful coaching experiences at Wichita State and Arizona make her the perfect fit to lead our program.
“With the foundation that has been laid by Coach (Steve) Bietau and the addition of the new Mike Goss Tennis Stadium, we are confident that Coach Steinberg will continue to build upon on the tradition and success of Wildcat tennis.”
In her two seasons at McNeese State, Steinberg guided the women’s tennis team to 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 No. 3 seed in the conference tournament.
At the conclusion of the season, the Cowgirls achieved the first Top 10 regional mark in the 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.
For the second straight season, Steinberg mentored the Southland Conference Player of the Year and the Southland Conference Freshman of the Year, Klaudia Gawlik and Sara Castellano.
The Cowgirls were also successful in the classroom in 2014, as they were selected as an ITA All-Academic Team, with five student-athletes earning ITA Scholar-Athlete honors.
In her first season with McNeese State in 2013, Steinberg led the squad to the program’s first winning season in eight years with a record of 13-10 and included a trip to the conference tournament.
Prior to taking the head position at McNeese State, Steinberg served as an assistant coach at Wichita State from 2010-12.
Steinberg began her coaching career as a student assistant at her alma mater, Arizona.
As a player at Arizona, Steinberg represented the Wildcats from the top of the team’s lineup as the No. 1 singles player and team captain throughout her career. She was a three-time Pac-10 All-Conference pick.
Steinberg is a native of Tel Aviv, Israel.