MONTGOMERY, AL (ASU Media Relations) – Chris Steiner-Wilcoxson, who led Auburn-Montgomery to the 2014 national championship, has been named head softball coach at Alabama State, Interim Athletic Director Melvin Hines announced Monday.
Steiner-Wilcoxson will be introduced Tuesday at a 1 p.m. press conference in the Club Lounge at New ASU Stadium.
In six seasons at AUM, Steiner-Wilcoxson led the Warhawks to three consecutive NAIA Tournament appearances and the first national championship in program history. AUM won at least 30 games every season, including 40 or more victories in the past three seasons. Steiner-Wilcoxson compiled a 234-97-2 record at AUM.
Last season, Steiner-Wilcoxson led the Warhawks to a 44-7 record, including a school-record 24-game winning streak. AUM won the Southern States Athletic Conference regular season championship with a 25-1 record, as she earned SSAC Coach of the Year accolades for the second time in her career.
During her tenure, AUM was ranked in the NAIA Coaches' Top-25 Poll for 44 consecutive weeks, including 22 straight weeks inside the top 10. In the NAIA postseason poll following the 2012 season, AUM entered the top 10 for the first time, coming in at No. 7 to close out the season. The Warhawks spent the past two seasons ranked in the Top 10 and were the unanimous No. 1 selection in the 2014 postseason edition.
Prior to AUM, Steiner-Wilcoxson had a three-year stint at Reinhardt College in Waleska, Ga., where she launched the Eagles' softball program in 2005. At Reinhardt, she compiled an 84-80 overall record, including a 55-31 record in conference games.
In her second year at the helm at Reinhardt, Steiner-Wilcoxson was named the 2006 Southern States Athletic Conference Softball Coach of the Year following her team's third-place finish in the SSAC regular season and runner-up finish at the conference tournament. The Eagles were ranked No. 21 in the final NAIA poll that year and posted a third-place finish at the Region XIII tournament.
In her nine-year collegiate coaching career, Steiner-Wilcoxson has posted a 318-177-2, winning more than 64 percent of her games. She has won more than 30 games in eight consecutive seasons.
Prior to Steiner-Wilcoxson's move to Reinhardt, she served as head coach at Palmetto (Fla.) High School, where she coached from 2000-2004. She won two District 15 titles and was selected to coach the Florida West All-Star team twice. Her squad set a school record for victories in 2003 with 30, and her teams ranked in the top five of the state's 4-A ratings in each year of her leadership.
Steiner-Wilcoxson began her coaching career in 1999 at Eufaula High School, where she established a school record for wins in a season with 29 in 2000 and finished as district runner-up and sub-state finalist.
A two-time team captain at Auburn University, Steiner-Wilcoxson was a three-year starter for the Tigers during the AU program's first three seasons in existence. She hit the first home run in Tigers' softball history and was selected to the Southeastern Conference All-Academic team twice. Steiner-Wilcoxson led Auburn in home runs in 1997 and closed her playing career in 1999 by leading the team in at-bats, triples and stolen bases. She currently ranks third in the Auburn record book in career stolen bases and triples. She transferred to Auburn following her freshman year at Huntingdon College, where she played varsity softball and volleyball.
A 1994 graduate of Robertsdale High School in Robertsdale, Ala., Steiner-Wilcoxson was a four-year starter in softball, volleyball and basketball, earning 12 varsity letters. She was inducted in the RHS Hall of Fame in 2006.
(COURTESY: Alabama State Media Relations)