Steve McClain

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Steve McClain
Sport(s) Basketball
Current position
Title Head coach
Team UIC
Biographical details
Born (1962-08-15) August 15, 1962 (age 52)
Orient, Iowa
Coaching career (HC unless noted)
Chadron State (asst.)
Sioux Empire JC (asst.)
Independence CC (asst.)
Hutchinson CC (asst.)
Hutchinson CC
TCU (asst.)
Colorado (asst.)
Indiana (asst.)

Steve McClain (born August 15, 1962) is the men's head basketball coach at the University of Illinois at Chicago.[1] He had spent the previous five seasons on the staff of the Indiana Hoosiers men's basketball team.

As an assistant at Colorado, McClain served as acting head coach during the absence of head coach Jeff Bzdelik for a portion of the 2009-10 season. He helped lead the Buffaloes to a 15-16 record, with seven of those losses coming by six points or less.

McClain was the head basketball coach at Wyoming from 1998 to 2006. In four out of his 9 seasons, Wyoming had made it to either the NCAA tournament, or the NIT tournament. His overall record at Wyoming was 157-115. However after a disappointing 2006 campaign where he went 17-15, with no NIT berth, he was fired. In the 2002 NCAA tournament, Wyoming made it to the second round, which was their best finish in a long time. He was named the MWC coach of the year that season.

Steve McClain was known for his very animated and intense coaching style during games.

His teams have won two regular season conference championships. In six out of the 8 seasons he has coached in the MWC, at least one of his players has received First team All MWC honors. From 2000 to 2002, the Cowboys won at least 20 games in all three of their seasons, marking the first time that happened in two decades.

In 1994 as the head coach at Hutchinson Community College in Hutchinson, Kan., he won the National Junior College Championship in only his third season, and was named the National Junior College Coach of the Year.

At the junior-college level, McClain compiled a 91-16 (.850) record in three seasons, and his teams were known as high-scoring squads. His 1994 National Championship team averaged 90 points per game on way to a 35-4 (.897) record. In 1992-93, the Hutch Dragons compiled a 29-5 (.853) record, averaged 92.6 points and ended the season ranked No. 11 in the NJCAA. His first season as head coach, 1991–92, Hutchinson posted a 27-7 (.794) record.

Prior to becoming head coach at Hutchinson, McClain served as an assistant coach there for five seasons, helping guide the Dragons to the 1988 NJCAA National Championship. Before coaching at Hutchinson, he was also an assistant coach at Independence Community College in Independence, Kan. (1985); Sioux Empire Junior College in Iowa (1984); and his alma mater Chadron State College in Chadron, Neb. from 1982-84.

Career Record[edit]

Season Team Overall Conference Standing Postseason
Wyoming (WAC) (1998–1999)
1998–99 Wyoming 18-10 7-7 T-4th (Mountain) 1999 NIT Second Round
Wyoming (Mountain West) (1999–2007)
1999–00 Wyoming 19-12 8-6 T-4th
2000–01 Wyoming 20-10 10-4 T-1st 2001 NIT First Round
2001–02 Wyoming 22-9 11-3 1st 2002 NCAA Second Round
2002–03 Wyoming 21-11 8-6 T-4th 2003 NIT Second Round
2003–04 Wyoming 11-17 4-10 8th
2004–05 Wyoming 15-13 7-7 T-4th
2005–06 Wyoming 14-18 5-11 7th
2006–07 Wyoming 17-15 7-9 5th
Wyoming: 157-115 73-71
UIC (Horizon) (2015–present)
2015–16 UIC 0-0 0-0
UIC: 0-0 0-0
Total: 157-115

      National champion         Postseason invitational champion  
      Conference regular season champion         Conference regular season and conference tournament champion
      Division regular season champion       Division regular season and conference tournament champion
      Conference tournament champion


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