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.
Earned his Master's degree in physical education
Played on the Cougar baseball team as well
Married to Sandra with two children
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
Attended Granger High School
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
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