BU hires new women's hoops coach

Boston University has hired Katy Steding to coach its women's basketball program, athletic director Mike Lynch announced Friday.

Former coach Kelly Greenberg, who led the program for 10 years, resigned in April after multiple former players accused her of emotional bullying. Greenberg had faced similar accusations from two players after the 2007-08 season.

Greenberg had compiled a record of 186-127.

An assistant coach the past two seasons at Cal, where she aided recruiting efforts, led the offense and worked with post players, Steding is a Tualatin, Ore., native and former Stanford player (three time all-Pac-10 selection). She was a key member of the Cardinals' first national championship team in 1990 and helped Team USA win gold in the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta.

While she was on staff at Cal, the Golden Bears won their first Pac-12 title and played in two NCAA tournaments, advancing to the school's first Final Four in 2012-13.

"Katy is the absolute right person to lead our women's basketball program in the Patriot League and we are fortunate to have someone of her class and caliber representing Boston University," Lynch said in a statement. "I would like to say a special thank you to deputy athletic director Drew Marrochello for all of his tremendous work on this search. We have a real gem in Katy."

On Monday, Lynch announced that he will resign his post as athletic director at the end of June. University spokesman Colin Riley declined to comment when asked whether Lynch's resignation was connected to the situation with Greenberg.

After graduating Stanford with a degree in psychology, Steding played professionally in Japan and Spain before coming home to play for the American Basketball League's Portland Power and the WNBA's Sacramento Monarchs and Seattle Storm.

Steding's 14-year coaching career has included stops as head coach at Western Pacific College (an NAIA school) in Portland, as associate head coach at the University of San Francisco and as an assistant coach at Columbia and with the WNBA's Atlanta Dream.

"I am thrilled and honored to be the head coach at Boston University," Steding said in a statement. "I want to thank President Robert Brown and Director of Athletics Mike Lynch for this incredible opportunity to lead these fantastic young women.

"BU's reputation for elite academic standards and championship athletics is unbeatable, and I look forward to continuing the tradition of excellence against the backdrop of the vibrant setting of Boston. I can't wait to get started!"