Jan. 12, 2011
It would have been hard for her not to become one of our best. Jodi (Robers) Steyer could play. She enrolled at CSU in 1985 after excelling in basketball (All Conference), volleyball (All Conference), track (shot put and discus) and was an All Conference softball player during her high school years in Burlington, Wisc. Her high school basketball honors are too extensive to list but include winning first team All Conference honors for three years, All Conference player of the year for two years, leading conference scorer for two years at 20.7 points and 10.7 rebounds per game, AP All State, and a USA Today Honorable Mention All American. She was also elected to the National Honor Society.
Jodi enrolled at CSU and left in 1989 as the school's all-time leading scorer at that time with 1,598 points. She now ranks at No. 4 all-time in points scored. During her career at CSU, the 6'1" forward averaged 14.2 points per game and was a two-time High Country Athletic Conference first team player. She helped the Rams advance to the conference tourney for the first time in history.
Jodi was ranked in the top 10 in the nation for her CSU career free throw percentage of 84.6 % and she continues to be ranked at No. 1 in CSU record books. In 1989, she was ranked No. 2 in the nation with a 91.1% free throw percentage. She continued to excel as a student and named to the All Conference Academic team all four years she played at CSU.
Senior Associate Athletic Director Gary Ozzello said recently that "Jodi was one of the fiercest competitors I've ever seen at Colorado State in my 33 years on the staff - in any sport. She made every player on the team around her better, and was the epitome of what we expect our student-athletes at Colorado State to be on the court, in the classroom, and in the community."
After earning her degree in business administration and marketing in 1989, Jodi accepted a position as assistant coach for Bill Fennelly at Toledo. They guided their team to a 141-45 record in six seasons and made five postseason appearances. Bill departed Toledo for Iowa State in 2001 but Jodi stayed an additional year and helped guide the team to a 25-6 record and an NCAA tournament berth.
In 2002, Jodi joined Fennelly's staff as an Assistant Coach at Iowa State University, where Bill had become head women's basketball coach. Iowa State is one of the nation's top three-point shooting teams and under Jodi's guidance, they have led the Big 12 in three-pointers every season since the inception of the conference. She helped her team claim nearly every three-point shooting mark in the conference record book. Jodi is very proud of the fact that every one of her starting point guards has been drafted by the WNBA.
In a recent interview for the CSU women's basketball newsletter, Jodi mused about how playing basketball helped her after graduation. She said "I think anyone involved in sports learns a great deal about time management, commitment, goal setting and how to deal with success and failure. As I learned in my Sociology of Sport class there and now in `real' life, it truly is a microcosm of life. Obviously now that I coach, I learned the things I thought were helpful on the coaching side and things I would do differently."
Jodi and her husband Ed have a daughter, Jamie, and a son, Eric.
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