– Associate Athletic Director/Senior Woman Administrator/Compliance
Rachel Steinbarger brings over 4 years of administrative experience and 10 years of women’s college basketball coaching experience to UFTL. She served as the Senior Women’s Administrator acting as the Title IX Coordinator, women’s Compliance/Eligibility Officer and head women’s basketball coach at Madonna University before joining UFTL.
A native of Columbus, Indiana, Steinbarger was Madonna’s game day administrator for home events, helped implement COVID-19 protocols, worked with the SAAC (student athletic academic counsel) and helped with the development of the new complex (PAAAC)-performing arts athletic academic complex. As the head women’s basketball coach at Madonna University, she was able to coach and develop two 1st Team All-Conference players, two 2nd Team All-Conference players, one Honorable Mention player and one NAIA All-American Honorable Mention. She was instrumental in changing the face of academics within the women’s basketball program as the overall GPA in 2020-2021 was a 3.25. She also coached 13 All-Academic Team members for the WHAC conference with seven being in the 2020-2021 season.
As a coach she was able to lead Lancaster Bible College to a 24-6 record which was the best in program history, placed 3rd in NCCAA DII Tournament, one player was awarded D3 Hoops All-East Region Team and she received the NCCAA East Region Coach of the year award. At the University of Great Falls now the University of Providence she was able to help coach one 1st Team All-Conference member, two 2nd Team All-Conference Members, two Honorable Mention Members, one Defensive Player of the Year and one Freshman Player of the Year for the Frontier Conference. She coached 12 players who were NAIA-Scholar Athletes, and she was able to help take them to an Elite-Eight finish at the NAIA-National Tournament.
As a student-athlete she played for the Indiana Wesleyan University Wildcats and broke history within the NAIA. She was a Co-Captain her senior season where the Wildcats were ranked #1 in the country for every top 25 poll and were named the overall 1 seed at the NAIA National Tournament. During her four years as a Wildcat, she compiled a record of 115-26, compiled two Mid-Central College Conference Championships and two Mid-Central College Conference Tournament Championships. She was also able to be apart of one Sweet 16 finish, two Elite Eight finishes and one Final Four Finish at the NAIA National Tournament.
She received her bachelor’s degree in Sports and Recreation Management from Indiana Wesleyan University in 2012 and her master’s degree in Christian Ministries with an emphasis in Leadership from Liberty University 2016. She is currently working on a second master’s degree from Liberty University in Exercise Science: Nutrition and Wellness.
Ms. Steinbarger is excited about the growth of the University of Fort Lauderdale Athletics Department and loves the vision they have, “It’s a new day at the place WHERE CHANGE HAPPENS.” Keeping God at the center of all of her choices, she believes that faith will play an integral role in growing the student-athletes in the classroom, life and on the playing fields.