Steve Curran reunited with St. Bonaventure head coach Mark Schmidt when he joined the Bonnies' coaching staff in 2010. His tenure at St. Bonaventure has been marked by great success both on and off the court. In June of 2018, Curran was promoted to Associate Head Coach.
Over his 11 seasons, the Bonnies have posted four 20-win campaigns with two NCAA Tournament berths (2018, 2012) and one NIT appearance (2016). Since 2015, the Bonnies have captured 104 wins - third-most among all Atlantic 10 members.
Curran is a tireless recruiter who has brought high-caliber players to St. Bonaventure from not just the United States but worldwide.
He recruited both Kyle Lofton and Dominick Welch as part of Bona's tremendous 2018-19 freshman class. An Atlantic 10 All-Rookie Team selection, Lofton became one of the league's top point guards and helped the Bonnies to the A-10 Championship Game, picking up a spot on the A-10 All-Tournament Team in the process. Curran also aided in the development of Osun Osunniyi who set the program record for freshman blocks and picked up A-10 All-Rookie and All-Defensive honors. As sophomores, Lofton was named First Team All-Conference while Osunniyi was named to the Third Team and became the fourth player in program history to be picked to the A-10's All-Defensive Team multiple years.
Selected in 2020 as one of the nation's top-50 mid-major "most impactful assistant coaches," Curran has been responsible for bringing in much of the program's top talent during his tenure. He recruited and helped develop All-A-10 talents Jaylen Adams, who was named the conference's co-Player of the Year as a senior and played in the NBA with the Atlanta Hawks in 2019, as well as First Team selections Matt Mobley and Courtney Stockard who each now play professionally overseas.
He has also helped develop other top Bonnies players including 2014 graduates Matthew Wright, Charlon Kloof and Marquise Simmons, as well as 2015 graduate Youssou Ndoye, all of whom earned their degrees and are now playing professional basketball. Ndoye spent the 2015-16 season with the Austin Spurs of the NBA Developmental League and now plays in Europe while Wright, Kloof and Simmons have also found success playing overseas.
In the 2011-12 season, Curran helped the Bonnies to 20 wins, the program's first A-10 championship and a berth in the NCAA Tournament. In 2015-16, the Bonnies finished 22-9 and went 14-4 in the A-10, a program record for conference wins.
In 2017-18, Curran helped St. Bonaventure to a 26-8 record, an at-large berth in the NCAA Tournament and a second place finish in the Atlantic 10 in 2017-18. The Bonnies’ 26 wins set the school record and their win over UCLA in the First Four was the program’s first NCAA victory since 1970. In addition, the season included a 13-game win streak, which was the longest for the program since 1970.
Prior to coming to St. Bonaventure, Curran served as an assistant coach at Central Connecticut State for five seasons. Curran had previously worked as an assistant under Schmidt at Robert Morris from 2001-04.
During Curran's five seasons at CCSU, the Blue Devils posted a Northeast Conference record of 56-34 and went 46-22 at home, including 33-12 in home regular season NEC action. In 2006-07, Curran helped the Blue Devils post a memorable run, winning 16 of 18 NEC games and three straight games in the NEC Tournament to advance to their third NCAA Tournament since 2000.
During his time at CCSU, the Blue Devils produced five first team All-Conference selections, 2011 NEC Player of the Year and CCSU all-time leading scorer Ken Horton, and two NEC Defensive Players of the Year. Curran also recruited the program's first NEC Rookie of the Year in 2007-08, guard Shemik Thompson.
Prior to spending one season at Siena College in 2004-05, Curran was Schmidt's assistant coach at Robert Morris for three seasons. Over that span, the Colonials won 28 conference games and qualified for the NEC Tournament twice. Curran helped recruit a trio of conference award winners in All-NEC selection Maurice Carter, 2003 All-Rookie Team member Derek Coleman, and 2008 Player of the Year Tony Lee.
Before he joined the staff at Robert Morris, Curran was an assistant with the University of New Hampshire from 1999-2001. He also served as assistant coach and recruiting coordinator at his alma mater, Merrimack College, from 1994-99.
Curran earned a bachelor's degree from Merrimack in business administration in 1992. As a player, he was Merrimack's captain as a senior, leading the Warriors to a Northeast-10 Conference championship and the second of two straight NCAA Tournament appearances. Curran was named First Team All-Conference as well as being named to the National Association of Basketball Coaches All-America Second Team.
He is the father of three children: Casey, Tyler, and Katie.