Tom Steinke Athlete Profile

#23 Tom Steinke

Tom Steinke
Position: Guard Height: 5-10 Weight: 154 Roster Years: 1954-1957 Hometown: West Jordan, UT Hall of Fame: 1981

1981 Hall of Fame Inductee

Tom Steinke, a basketball star and crow pleaser of the mid 1950's, was well known by his fans and opponents for his unbelievable fall away jump shot.

As a senior in 1957 he led the conference in scoring with 511 total points. He broke Terry Tebbs’ Smith Fieldhouse record of 12 field goals in one game by scoring 14 field goals (vs. Colorado State). Tom was named the Skyline Conference Player of the Year that season and was invited to play in the East-West All-Star game. Also in 1957, he made the Associated Press little all-America team (1st team) and the Helms all-America team (2nd team). In addition, he played shortstop on the BYU baseball team.

After graduation, Tom did his master’s work in physical education and was an assistant basketball coach at BYU. Subsequently, he became head basketball and football coach for a high school in Golden, Colorado.

In 1966, Tom was made head basketball coach at Westminister College in Salt Lake City. Two years later he became Athletic Director and Dean of Men at the same institution.

Tom and his wife Sandra are the parents of two children.

Personal

  • Earned his Master's degree in physical education
  • Played on the Cougar baseball team as well
  • Married to Sandra with two children

Career Highlights

  • Averaged 19.7 ppg his senior season
  • Named UPI Little All-America (1st) and Helms (2nd)
  • Broke Terry Tebbs' Smith Fieldhouse record of 12 field goals in one game by scoring 14 field goals
  • Named Skyline Conference Player of the Year his senior year
  • Also played shortstop on the BYu baseball team

Before BYU

  • Attended Granger High School

After BYU

  • Worked as an assistant basketball coach at BYU
  • Became head basketball and football coach for a high school in Golden, Colorado
  • Made the head basketball coach at Westminister College in Salt Lake City in 1966
  • Became the Athletic Director and Dean of Men at Westminister in 1968

Post BYU Honors and Societies

  • Inducted into the BYU Hall of Fame in 1981

Stats

Year    G    FGM-FGA   FG%  FTM-FTA   FT%  R-AVE    P-AVE
56-57   26   203-565   36   105-124   85   100-3.8  511-19.7
55-56   23   73-217    34   20-28     71   23-1.0   166-7.7
54-55   9    4-23      15   0-1       0    4-0.44   8-.9
Totals  55   280-805   35   125-153   82   127-2.3  685-12.5

1954-1955 | Sophomore Year

  • Tom saw limited action as a sophomore, playing in only nine games

1955-1956 | Junior Year

  • Averaged 7.7 ppg and 2.5 rebounds as a junior, playing in 23 games

1956-1957 | Senior Year

  • Averaged 19.7 points and 3.8 rebounds his senior season
  • Led BYU to a surprising first place finish in the Skyline Conference
  • Steinkes 19.7 average for the season was the highest ever by a BYU player at that time
  • Named UPI Little All-America (1st) and Helms (2nd)
  • Named Skyline Conference Player of the Year
  • Invited to play in the East-West All-Star game
  • Broke Terry Tebbs' Smith Fieldhouse record of 12 field goals in one game by scoring 14 field goals against Colorado State