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Steiner named BrewTech Softball Head

Chris Steiner

Story By Griffin Pritchard | Publisher

CENTRAL ALABAMA SCOREBOARD OFFICE — Chris Steiner will be staying a little closer to home this spring after being named the new head softball coach at BrewTech. Steiner returns to the high school ranks to lead the Rams after coaching stints at Reinhardt College, AUM, Alabama State and most recently Florida International. 

Steiner: “I made a decision two years ago, I wanted to further my career and had worked really hard to build my body of work and took a chance going to Miami (FIU). It was the toughest decision of my life. I had a responsibility to take care of my family and wanted to help kids and a new program. It was a path we wanted to try. I appreciate my time and the kids I got to meet and work with, but there was a sadness, an emptiness, of doing it without my family.” 

And then Covid hit and shut everything down. 

Steiner: “I came home this summer after months of consideration and stayed home. I had opportunities, but most were out of state. I love being in Montgomery, even though I grew up in Baldwin County, the Pike Road area is home. It’s where I have spent 13 years of my life building programs, helping the kids and community grow this game and where I have watched my children take root. It was a tough decision, because I wasn’t planning on coaching, but when I was approached about the Brew Tech job, I started to reconsider my decision.”

She replaces Brian Pittman who left to take the head softball coach job at Prattville. 

“Coach Steiner brings a wealth of softball knowledge to our program that it hasn’t had before,” said Eddie Dykes, Brew Techs Athletics Director. “We are blessed to have the opportunity to bring her onboard. She will be able to take our program forward and we are excited about the future of BrewTech Softball.”

Steiner – who started the program at AUM and led the Warhawks to their first National Championship and then led Alabama State to its first SWAC Tournament Championship and NCAA Regional – inherits a Rams program that finished second in Class 5A, Area 5 (behind Tallassee) with 22 wins and came within a game (lost to Elmore County in the regional consolation championship) of advancing to the AHSAA 5A State Tournament, played for the first time at Choccolocco Park in Oxford. 

Steiner: “I love all sports and my first job out of college was coaching volleyball, basketball and softball at the high school level. I knew of the growth in softball at Brew Tech and how, over the years, softball in our area had started to grow and build some really competitive teams. I thought this would be a good opportunity to really learn the game of softball, try to help them build a championship mentality and possibly prepare them or help them get to the next level if it was their dream. Brew Tech has been a great school academically preparing the kids for college and I am here to help those who want to play at the next level. I appreciate Mr. Dykes reaching out to me and asking me to take on the endeavor.”

Steiner’s accomplishments in coaching are impressive and numerous ranging from Coach of the Year selections to building programs from scratch, to tournament championships and NCAA regional appearances and ultimately a National Championship. 

Having her in the Rams dugout makes them that much more competitive. 

“I have spent 20 years coaching this sport,” said Steiner. “In college we have more softball specific time and more people to help build your program and high school isn’t at that all-day-every-day level. I know I have an opportunity at BrewTech to help these kids learn this game, to help them grow as young ladies preparing for that next chapter of life. I can help make a difference to these young girls. It is definitely good to be home. My daughter is a senior and my other daughter is an eighth-grader, though I won’t get back the time we missed, I am definitely enjoying being a volleyball and a softball mom again. It’s been a blessing to be here and to spend time with them, help them and coach them when they let me.”

Coaching Accomplishments

Florida International University

–          3 All Conference Selections

–          Extra Innings Elite Top 50 Coaches

Alabama State University

–          2019 & 2016 SWAC Tournament Champs (1st School History)

–          2019 & 2016 NCAA Regional Tournament (1st School History)

–          2015, 2017, 2018 Conference Tournament Runner Up

–          2 Pitcher of Year, 2 SWAC Tournament MVP, 2 Newcomer of Year, 2 Freshman of Year

–          23 All Conference Selections

–          84 All SWAC Academic Award Selections

–          100% Graduation Rate

AUM

–          1st Coach in School history (built program & facilities)

–          2014 National Champions

–          2014 NAIA National Coach of the Year & NFCA National Coach of Year

–          SSAC Coach of the Year & SSAC Overall Female Coach of the Year

–          2012, 2013, & 2014 – NAIA National Championship Tournament

–          10 NAIA All Americans

–          3 SSAC Pitcher of Year and 4 SSAC Player of Year

Reinhardt College

–          1st Coach in School History (built program & facilities)

–          2006 SSAC Coach of Year & Tournament Runner Up

–          3 NAIA All Amercians

–          2 SSAC Pitcher of Year & 1 SSAC Player of Year & 2 Regional Player of Year

Palmetto High School and Eufaula High School

–          2 Time FACA Coach of Year

–          2 Time FL West All Star Coach

–          4 Time District Champ

–          Regional Coach of the Year

Player Accomplishments

Auburn University

–          3-year College Softball Player

–          2-time SEC All-Academic Team & Top Tiger

–          2-time Team Captain & Hit 1st Home Run in School History

Huntingdon College

–          Volleyball & Softball Team

Robertsdale High School

–          Robertsdale Hall of Fame

Scores and stories from around Central Alabama. More than just a sports Article.

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