Springfield, Mass. - August 10, 2016 - Springfield College Director of Athletics, Dr. Craig Poisson, is pleased to announce that Anna Steinman has been named the head men's and women's cross country coach and assistant track & field coach at Springfield College.
Steinman comes to Springfield College after a one-year stint as the head men's and women's cross country/assistant track & field coach at Hanover College.
"I am extremely excited to join Springfield College and be part of a program that has such a great tradition of success for its student-athletes. Immediately, after meeting Dr. Poisson, Kiki Jacobs, and the athletic department, I knew that Springfield was the place for me," said Steinman. "The history and tradition that Springfield College has, both academically and athletically, show what a special place it is to foster student-athlete success. I am looking forward to working with Coach Posillico and both cross country and track & field to reach the goals that we have for both programs. I would like to thank Dr. Poisson and the search committee for giving me this opportunity."
During her time at Hanover, Steinman led the women's and men's cross country teams to second and third place finishes in the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference, with six runners earning all-conference honors. Collectively, she helped her track student-athletes produce three school records during the indoor season.
"I'm thrilled to add Anna Steinman to our coaching staff. Anna has a passion for mentoring young men and women, and is going to make a tremendous impact on the student-athletes at Springfield College," said Springfield College director of cross country and track & field Angelo Posillico. "Anna's high standards and work ethic make me confident that she will help elevate our cross country programs to a national level."
Steinman got her coaching start at her alma mater, Salisbury University, and she spent two seasons as the graduate assistant. She worked with the cross country and track and field programs and focused on the distance and middle distance runners. As a member of the coaching staff, she helped the men's program to a fourth-place finished at the 2015 NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships, two men's indoor and outdoor Capital Athletic Conference Championships in 2014 and 2015, and a men's cross country conference title in 2014.
"Coach Steinman has an incredible passion for and knowledge about, distance training and running. Her skill set and educational preparation truly match our teacher coach model," described Poisson. "As our first-ever full-time teacher coach for both the men's and women's cross country programs, I look forward to Coach Steinman providing the leadership necessary to shape our cross country student-athletes experiences."
A 2013 Salisbury graduate, Steinman earned a degree in Physical Education, and completed her graduate studies in 2015 when she earned a degree in Applied Health Physiology. As an undergraduate at Salisbury, Steinman was a four-year member of the cross country and track & field teams, served as captain of both teams, and twice earned all-Capital Athletic Conference honors.