Doug Steiner enters his 18th year as the head men's golf coach at Xavier University with an optimistic outlook regarding the 2005-06 season.
"I am extremely excited about the potential of this year's team," said Steiner. "We have been to three consecutive NCAA Regionals and I believe this is the team that will break through and advance into the NCAA Finals. This year's group is totally focused on accomplishing that goal."
Steiner became a full-time staff member when he was named Xavier's first Director of Golf prior to the 2001-02 season. In addition to giving Steiner more time to focus on the men's program, the new title also gave him oversight of the XU women's golf team.
"It showed Xavier is committed to quality golf programs to take a big step like that," Steiner said. "Now we must show it was worth it with our performances on the course."
Steiner has the track record of a coach who is ready for such a challenge. In his 17 previous seasons at Xavier, he has led Xavier to eight conference titles (four Atlantic 10, four Midwestern Collegiate Conference) while earning Coach of the Year honors seven times (three A-10, four MCC). He's also led the team to four NCAA Tournament appearances in 2001, 2003, 2004 and 2005.
The success of three A-10 titles in the last five years is a continuation of what Steiner started with Xavier in the early 1990s in the MCC. He led Xavier to four consecutive MCC championships from 1990-93. The championships were even more impressive when you consider the struggling state of the Musketeer program when Steiner took over in 1988. In his second season at the helm, Xavier finished second in the MCC, its highest finish ever.
Steiner, who received his bachelor's degree in business administration in 1983 from Capital University, was a four-time all-conference selection as a member of Capital's varsity golf team. He also made three NCAA Tournament appearances while helping the team win two Ohio Athletic Conference Championships.
Steiner, 44, earned his teacher's certification in marketing education from Ohio State. Prior to joining the Xavier staff full-time, he taught sports marketing at Winton Woods High School in Cincinnati. Steiner and his wife Diane live in Hamilton with their three children, Lindsay (18), Douglas (15) and Rachel (13).