Steve Fennelly

A Profile of Steve Fennelly

Steve Fennelly has been serving the recovery community through Solid Landings Behavioral Health since 2009. As someone who has taken the journey himself, he understands what it takes to transform lives while spreading the message that sobriety is possible.

Steven Fennelly is the youngest son of Bill Fennelly, longtime coach of Iowa State’s women’s basketball program. Currently he coaches UNI’s post players as well as helping with recruiting, scouting, and day-to-day operations.

Early Life and Education

Steve Fennelly has over two decades of experience working in behavioral healthcare. His expertise lies in improving quality assurance and compliance issues as well as developing and implementing strategies that set his company apart from its competition.

He serves as CEO of Solid Landings Behavioral Health and boasts extensive expertise in business development, program expansion and customer service. His company specializes in addiction treatment programs and accepts most PPO insurance plans.

Fennelly was born in New Jersey and raised in Lake Forest, IL – a suburb of Chicago – before graduating with her B.A. from Notre Dame. Her poetry has been anthologized in various publications including The Kenyon Review; Fennelly currently resides in Oxford Mississippi with Tom Franklin who writes crime fiction novels.

Professional Career

Solid Landings Behavioral Health in Costa Mesa was co-founded and established by him as part of his recovery journey after a drug problem surfaced; today the business offers addiction treatment services at 60 facilities nationwide.

Fennelly has served on women’s basketball coaching staffs at Lane Community College, Montana State University and Northwestern University. Additionally, he worked on Joe McKeown’s staff as director of basketball operations during two seasons of his time there as director.

He joined Bill Fennelly’s coaching staff at Toledo in 1989, serving as post player coach. Since then he has also assisted at Iowa State and Cal State-Fullerton before coaching Idaho post players this season. In addition to overseeing video operations for player development he works closely with student-athletes on life skills development as well as community outreach initiatives.

Achievement and Honors

Fennelly established one of the premier women’s basketball programs at Iowa State, qualifying his teams for 17 NCAA Tournament appearances and consistently ranking among the top ten schools nationwide for women’s basketball attendance for 15 years he served as head coach.

Fennelly has produced All-Americans Stacy Frese, Angie Welle, Anne O’Neil and Lyndsey Medders as well as WNBA draft selections Alison Lacey, Kelsey Bolte and Bridget Carleton; his Cyclones have won nine Big Eight Conference championships and seven national titles under Fennelly’s tenure.

In 2016, he joined Idaho as an assistant coach, coaching post players as well as recruiting and scouting duties. Additionally, he holds ownership interest in Solid Landings Behavioral Health which has grown by more than 200% under his direction.

Personal Life

Fennelly appears to have it all: her husband is a retired college basketball coach; both her children play for Iowa State; and she has created strong ties between her team and fans.

Recent travel to California left her feeling disorientated and out-of-control; Kasey Strosahl, a psychiatrist from Mary Greeley’s Behavioral Health Unit diagnosed her with mania, which can cause impulsivity, disorganization, irritability and feelings of grandeur and power.

Fennelly was inspired to open a hospitality house in Youngstown so people like that woman could easily make the long drive to visit imprisoned family members. Since then, she has expanded the program to cover 13 prisons in the region as well as setting up video teleconferences between school-age children and their fathers in federal prison.

Net Worth

He had an eventful early life, including several arrests for drug possession and other charges. Born in Cambridge and later moving to Lynn for most of his adulthood, he served in the U.S. Army before turning his focus towards wrestling as well as puzzles and John Wayne movies – two passions he shared with wife Bernice as well as 14 grandchildren and one great-grandchild. He leaves behind Bernice as well as 13 grandchildren and 1 great-grandchild to cherish his memory.

Coach McManus has achieved remarkable success as a basketball coach, amassing over 600 victories with 10 NCAA tournament appearances for his teams and serving on the US national team at 2011 World University Games. Murray State recently hired him as their mens basketball head coach – testament to his success as an instructor!

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