Steve grew up in a basketball coach’s home and a spiritual home. His dad, Sam, was head coach for Chrysler High School in New Castle, Indiana. Steve played at Chrysler High School and was named Indiana Mr. Basketball in 1983.

Check out these basketball credentials beyond high school and up through today.

—Member of 1984 Summer Olympic basketball team which won a gold medal.

—Attended Indiana University from 1983-1987 and led the team to the 1987 National NCAA championship.

—Played four years in the NBA from 1987-1991 and played for the Dallas Mavericks and the Golden State Warriors.

—Coaching included Chrysler High School, Manchester College, Southwest Missouri State, University of Iowa, University of New Mexico, and today is head coach at UCLA.

It is said that Steve’s success in basketball is owed to repetition and hard work. He will tell you that “Basketball is what I do. It’s not what I am.”

Steve is a “Christ-follower” and states “I am a Christian first, I am a family guy second. As much as I like coaching, as much as I like basketball, it’s third, fourth, fifth down the line.”

The verse James 1:12 is very important to Steve—he adds it to every basketball card that he signs, because it helped bring me to the Lord and make a personal decision to follow Him.

In closing Steve shares that if we are to grow in the Lord and stake our souls on the teachings of Jesus, we too must put Him first in our minds and hearts.

(For more info check the Jan/Feb 2016 FCA magazine)