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Dr. Bill Steffen (Class of 1977)

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Bill Steffen

Bill Steffen, arguably the greatest soccer goalie in South High history, went on to play professionally for five years, start the women’s soccer program at the University of Oregon, and was an assistant coach at the University of North Carolina when the Mia Hamm-led Tarheels won two NCAA championships. He remains an elite goalkeeper coach.

Dr. Steffen earned his doctorate in education in kinesiology, with an emphasis on sport and exercise psychology, from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro in 2011. He is now the online coordinator of the master’s degree program in coaching education at Ohio University, a member of the National Soccer Coaches Association of America senior national coaching staff, and the chair of the organization’s Sport Psychology committee.

A three-time Foothills Council all-star, the Bulldogs won four Foothills championships during Dr. Steffen’s career. He was also a standout tennis player, winning the Foothills Council doubles championship in 1976 and 1977 and making the singles finals three times. The South High tennis team won four straight Foothills Council championships when he was playing.

After graduating, Dr. Steffen attended Furman University, where he earned All-Southern Conference accolades in 1977 and 1978. He then transferred to the University at Albany, where he was All-SUNYAC in 1981. He also played in eight Empire State Games.

At North Carolina, Dr. Steffen coached Mia Hamm and Kristine Lilly, two of the greatest women’s soccer players ever, to national titles in 1994 and 1996. During that time, the Tarheels, under legendary head coach Anson Dorrance, won 92 straight games.

As a private goalkeeping coach, he has worked with U.S. National Team goalkeepers Siri Mullinix, Brianna Scurry, Tracy Noonan, Saskia Webber, Shelley Finger and Mary Harvey.

Besides starting the women’s soccer program at Oregon, he also served as a men’s soccer assistant coach at Duke, North Carolina and Furman, and was head coach of women’s soccer, men’s and women’s tennis and assistant sports information director at Greensboro College.

Dr. Steffen played for the Albany Capitals of the American Professional Soccer League for five years. He earned a bachelor of science in mathematics and computer science at UAlbany, and a master’s degree in exercise and sport science at Furman.

Still a fitness buff, Dr. Steffen has run the Grand Canyon rim to rim to rim.
He lives in Greensboro, North Carolina, with his wife, Refilwe, and their son, Will.