In 12 seasons at the helm of the University of Alaska Anchorage athletic department, Dr. Steve Cobb has helped take Seawolf Athletics to unprecedented heights. Not only have the Seawolves excelled in the field of competition, but the foundation for future success has been set in several ways.
Starting with the 2007-08 campaign, UAA has enjoyed five of the most memorable athletic seasons in school history, highlighted by four Elite Eight appearances for Seawolf basketball teams and NCAA top-15 finishes for men's and women's cross country (six times), skiing (five times), and men's & women's track & field (four times). In fact, with UAA's concurrent NCAA basketball runs in 2008, UAA became just the second school in Division II history to qualify both its men's and women's squads for the national semifinals.
In the 2011-12 athletic campaign, the Seawolves placed a program-record 16th in NCAA Div. II standings in the Learfield Directors' Cup, which measures nearly 300 D-II programs nationwide on overall athletic success.
Under Dr. Cobb's leadership, construction has also begun on UAA's planned $109 million Seawolf and Community Arena on campus. He has also overseen major upgrades to UAA's current facilities, including the installation of a new gym floor and bleachers at the Wells Fargo Sports Complex in 2010.
In 2005, Dr. Cobb helped establish the Seawolf Legacy Fund to provide a permanent endowment fund that will ensure full funding for future athletic scholarships at UAA. Seawolf Legacy surpassed the $1 million mark in donations in early 2008.
Early in his tenure, he was the driving force behind the establishment of the Seawolf Hall of Fame and was instrumental in negotiating naming-rights agreements for the Wells Fargo Sports Complex, Kendall Hockey Classic and SpringHill Suites Invitational volleyball tournaments.
The Alabama native has also overseen the creation of the Hockey Classic Wall of Champions above the Seawolves' practice rink, as well as men's and women's Carrs/Safeway Great Alaska Shootout champions displays in the gymnasium.
A former football coach, Dr. Cobb served as the athletic director at Georgia Southwestern State University before coming to UAA. In five years at Georgia Southwestern, Dr. Cobb raised the Hurricanes' overall program to become one of the most successful in the nation, making the NAIA national playoffs in six of its seven sports and winning multiple conference championships in men's and women's basketball, softball and volleyball.
From 1992-95, Dr. Cobb was an assistant athletic director at Iowa Wesleyan College, where he served as the football team's defensive coordinator and special teams coach. He also had stints as an assistant football coach at East Texas State University (1990-92) and Sul Ross State University (1988-90).
A 1981 graduate of the University of Montevallo, Dr. Cobb also holds a Doctorate of Education degree from East Texas State as well as a Master of Business Administration degree from St. Ambrose University and a Master of Education degree from Sul Ross State.
Dr. Cobb and his wife Sandra reside in East Anchorage.