Steve Cleveland

Steve Cleveland (born February 4, 1952)

Teams coached: BYU Cougars, Fresno State Bulldogs
BYU record: 138-108 (.561)
Fresno State record: 92-98 (.484)
Overall record^: 230-206 (.528)

Career Accomplishments:


Coaching Career (head coach, unless noted):

2005-2011 Fresno State
1997-2005 BYU
1990-1997 Fresno CC

Steve Cleveland Facts

  • Steven Cornell Cleveland
  • Born February 4, 1952
  • Hometown: Fresno, California
  • Alma Mater: University of California, Irvine (BA, 1976) / Fresno Pacific University (M.Ed, 1979)
  • Graduated from Herbert Hoover HS in Fresno and started his collegiate career at Fresno CC
    • Went on a 2-year LDS mission to England and then transferred to UC Irvine to play for head coach Tim Tift
  • Started his coaching career in 1980 as the varsity basketball coach at Clovis West HS back in Fresno
  • Hired in 1990 to be the head coach at Fresno CC, coaching there for seven years
    • Went 157-77 during that tenure, winning the Central Valley Conference title in 1997
  • Became the head coach at BYU in 1997, leading the Cougars for eight seasons
  • Left BYU in 2005 to take over at Fresno State; had nearly taken the job in 2002 before ultimately deciding to stay at BYU
    • Inherited a program on probation with the lowest APR in Division I basketball
    • Went 92-98 during his six-year tenure, with his best year being his second: 22-10 with an NIT berth
    • Coached future NBA All-Star Paul George for two years; George was taken 10th overall in the 2010 NBA Draft
    • Stepped down from coaching March 2011 to take an administrative role in the school’s athletic department
  • After working for several years on BYUtv Sports, became a LDS mission president in Indianapolis, IN

Steve Cleveland Coaching Tree

  • Austin Ainge (Maine Red Claws)
  • Dave Rose (BYU)
  • Heath Schroyer (McNeese State, Tennessee-Martin, Wyoming, Portland State)


^ overall record includes head coaching positions at the NCAA Division I level only