Former Columbia sports information director and historian emeritus William C. “Bill” Steinman passed away on Wednesday, September 21. Steinman, well-known in the industry nationwide, spent 40 years working with the Columbia Lions. He was inducted into the University’s Athletics Hall of Fame for his career accomplishments in 2010.
“Bill’s passion for Columbia was second to none,” said Campbell Family Director of Intercollegiate Athletics and Physical Education Peter Pilling. “He selflessly remained a key resource for our department well after his retirement, which was greatly appreciated. More importantly, Bill touched the lives of so many Columbians – from student-athletes and staff members to the countless members of his student staff that he mentored, many of whom remain involved with our athletics program. Bill’s presence at our events will be terribly missed.”
Steinman came to Morningside Heights in 1970 after serving as head statistician for the ABA’s New York Nets. A graduate of Hofstra University, Steinman worked with former sports information director Kevin DeMarrais ’64CC for 14 years until being named Columbia’s Director of Sports Information in May 1984, which coincided with the launch of the Columbia-Barnard Consortium.