February 4, 1952 |
Los Angeles County, California
|Coaching career (HC unless noted)|
|1980–1990||Clovis West HS|
|Head coaching record|
|Overall||230–206 (.528) (college)
157–77 (.671) (junior college)
180–70 (.720) (high school)
|Accomplishments and honors|
Early life and education
Cleveland was born in Los Angeles County and raised in Fresno, California. He attended Herbert Hoover High School in Fresno, then began his college basketball career at Fresno City College before going on an LDS mission to England from 1971 to 1973. Cleveland returned to Fresno City College in the 1973–74 season, after which he was named the team's Most Outstanding Player and transferred to UC Irvine. At UC Irvine, Cleveland played at forward. He averaged 8.8 points and 4.8 rebounds as a junior in 1974–75 and 15.0 points and 5.5 rebounds as a senior in 1975–76. Cleveland graduated from UC Irvine with a bachelor's degree in social science in 1976 and later completed a master's in education administration from Fresno Pacific University in 1979.
High school and junior college
From 1980 to 1990, Cleveland was varsity boys' basketball head coach at Clovis West High School and went 180–70 in those ten seasons. At Clovis West, Cleveland also taught U.S. government and economics. Cleveland returned to Fresno City College to be men's basketball head coach. From 1990 to 1997, Cleveland went 157–77 with a Central Valley Conference championship in 1997 and CCCAA Tournament appearances every year. Among players he coached at Fresno City were Rafer Alston, who would go on to play in the NBA.
Cleveland moved up to the major college level in 1997 as head coach at BYU. In his first season, BYU finished 9–21 in 1997–98. BYU improved to 22–11 in 1999–2000, BYU's first season in the Mountain West Conference (MW) and made the NIT quarterfinals. The following season, BYU won the MW Tournament after splitting the regular season title and made the NCAA Tournament. BYU then made the 2002 NIT and NCAA Tournaments of 2003 and 2004 and again was MW co-champion in 2003. The MW also awarded Cleveland with Coach of the Year honors in 2003. BYU fell to 9–21 in 2004–05, Cleveland's final season.
On April 9, 2005, Fresno State hired Cleveland as men's basketball head coach. Cleveland's hiring followed the resignation of previous head coach Ray Lopes. In 2006, due to recruiting violations under Lopes's watch, the NCAA issued a show-cause penalty to Lopes and placed Fresno State men's basketball on four years of probation. Also, Cleveland inherited a program whose Academic Progress Rate (APR) was 611, the worst in the nation.
Cleveland went 92–98 in six seasons at Fresno State. In his first two seasons, Fresno State finished 8–8 and 10–6 in Western Athletic Conference (WAC) play, and Fresno State's only postseason appearance in his tenure was in the NIT. The 2006–07 team also featured Dominic McGuire, a transfer from Cal who became a second-round 2007 NBA draft pick. The team APR also improved to 928 by the end of his tenure.
On March 17, 2011, Cleveland stepped down from coaching to assume an administrative post in the Fresno State athletic department. Later that year, Cleveland later took a position as an analyst for BYUtv Sports.
Head coaching record
|Fresno City Rams (Central Valley Conference) (1990–1997)|
|1990–91||Fresno City||19–14||4–8||5th||CCCAA Regional|
|1991–92||Fresno City||24–10||8–4||2nd||CCCAA Regional|
|1992–93||Fresno City||17–15||5–7||4th||CCCAA Regional|
|1993–94||Fresno City||18–13||7–5||4th||CCCAA Regional|
|1994–95||Fresno City||26–11||9–5||4th||CCCAA Elite Eight|
|1995–96||Fresno City||22–10||9–5||2nd||CCCAA Regional|
|1996–97||Fresno City||31–4||13–1||1st||CCCAA Final Four|
|Fresno City:||157–77 (.671)||55–35 (.611)|
National champion Postseason invitational champion
|BYU Cougars (Western Athletic Conference) (1997–1999)|
|BYU Cougars (Mountain West Conference) (1999–2005)|
|2000–01||BYU||24–9||10–4||T–1st||NCAA First Round|
|2001–02||BYU||18–12||7–7||T–4th||NIT Second Round|
|2002–03||BYU||23–9||11–3||T–1st||NCAA First Round|
|2003–04||BYU||21–9||10–4||2nd||NCAA First Round|
|Fresno State Bulldogs (Western Athletic Conference) (2005–2011)|
|2006–07||Fresno State||22–10||10–6||3rd||NIT First Round|
National champion Postseason invitational champion
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- Final 1975 cumulative basketball statistics report: UC Irvine
- Final 1976 Cumulative Basketball Statistics Report: UC Irvine
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- Rock, Brad (February 7, 1998). "BYU coach says his destiny was to be a teacher". Deseret News. Retrieved July 9, 2016.
- "Cleveland Hired to Rebuild Fresno State". Associated Press. April 9, 2005. Archived from the original on April 12, 2005. Retrieved July 9, 2016.
- Boogaard, Andy (April 11, 2005). "Cleveland checks scenario; New Bulldogs basketball coach is facing a recruiting quandary.". Fresno Bee. Archived from the original on April 14, 2005. Retrieved July 9, 2016.
- "NCAA Penalizes Fresno State Basketball". Associated Press. Archived from the original on May 4, 2006. Retrieved July 9, 2016.
- Lyght, Daniel (March 17, 2011). "Cleveland out as Fresno State basketball coach". Fresno Bee. Retrieved July 9, 2016.
- Cleveland, Steve (December 6, 2011). "Coach Cleve joins the BYUtv Sports team". BYU TV. Retrieved July 9, 2016.
- Call, Jeff (December 16, 2013). "BYU basketball: Former Cougar basketball coach Steve Cleveland overseeing new 'team'". Deseret News. Retrieved July 9, 2016.