Josh Steinbach will begin his 11th season at the helm of the Villanova volleyball program in 2017. His career-record of 166-139 (.544) stands alone as the most victories among head coaches in history of the program.
Steinbach was named the 2015 AVCA East Coach Region Coach of the Year after coaching the Wildcats to a 25-9 record, earning the program’s second-ever NCAA Tournament bid. Villanova’s 25 wins in a season were the most in a season since the 1993 team won 26. The 2015 squad went 14-4 in the BIG EAST and finished in second place on the season, its highest finish since 1997. He currently ranks fourth among active BIG EAST head coaches in wins.
While successful on the court, Steinbach’s teams have always performed well in the classroom, earning the AVCA Team Academic Award nearly every year since he has been a head coach. The Wildcats are currently on a seven year streak of earning the AVCA team All-Academic award, and have earned the award eleven times total.
He was the BIG EAST Coach of the Year in his first season at Villanova and has developed the program into one that is capable of being consistently successful in the BIG EAST Conference.
Steinbach led his Villanova team to a winning record in four of his first five seasons as head coach, including a combined 40 victories between the 2010 and 2011 seasons. He coached his youngest ever Wildcats squad to 11 victories in 2012 and mentored a team that made a great deal of progress over the course of the season.
The volleyball student-athletes have also continued to be successful in the classroom during Steinbach's time as head coach. Villanova has received the Game Plan/AVCA Team Academic Award four times, while the Wildcats have had a total of 51 selections to the BIG EAST All-Academic Team since 2007.
Steinbach came to the Main Line with a wealth of experience as a coach and recruiter. His first Villanova recruiting class arrived on campus in 2008 and featured seven freshmen who eventually led the Wildcats to the terrific achievements of the 2010 and 2011 campaigns as upperclassmen.
Most recently before coming to Villanova, Steinbach was the assistant coach at Wright State from 2005-07. His responsibilities there included serving as recruiting coordinator, overseeing the team's video breakdown of opponents and on-court coaching duties. Prior to his Wright State experience, Steinbach was an assistant at the University of Cincinnati from 2003-05. He has also held assistant coaching positions at Penn State and San Diego Mesa Community College.
In addition to his career in the collegiate ranks Steinbach has also been heavily involved in the club volleyball circuit. Currently, he directs the Philadelphia Volleyball Academy. He has also been the master coach for the 18 and 17 teams of the Dayton Juniors Volleyball Club in Dayton, Ohio. Steinbach was also the head coach of Team Z Volleyball Club in Cincinnati (2003-05), the Club Director of the Lions Pride Volleyball Club in State College, Pa., (2001-03) and coach and club administrator for the Sunwest Volleyball Club in San Diego, Calif.
Steinbach played collegiate volleyball at both San Diego Mesa Community College and George Mason University. After earning his Associates Degree from San Diego Mesa Community College in 1999, he earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree in English from Penn State University in 2002.
A native of State College Pa., Steinbach has two sons, Bennett and Carson.