You don’t have to look hard to see that Steve Moreland, Director of Camps & Clinics for the Detroit Pistons, modeled his coaching philosophy after John Wooden, the legendary UCLA Bruins coach. Wooden’s former players revere him as much for the life lessons that he imparted than his 10 NCAA championships.
Since joining the Pistons prior to the 1996-97 season, Coach Steve has shared a similar set of values with thousands of Pistons campers: Be on time. Be a good listener. Take pride in your work. Be a good person. He expects campers to follow those principles on the court, and even more so at home.
Coach Steve has brought this message to nearly 27,000 youth over the past 13 summers through the Detroit Pistons Training Camp Tour, which consists of 16 youth basketball camps throughout Michigan and northeastern Ohio.
In addition to the Training Camp Tour, Coach Steve created and oversees the Detroit Pistons’ Partner Program, which has visited more than 1,100 elementary schools. The K-5 assembly program encourages students to enjoy physical fitness, stay healthy and stay motivated, and is followed by an after-school basketball clinic.
A respected motivational speaker for Michigan organizations and businesses, Moreland is actively involved with his local area chamber of commerce. Former Michigan Gov. John Engler appointed him to the Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness, Health and Sports. He joined the Pistons after working for the Walt Disney Company, where he helped develop “Disney’s Wide World of Sports” complex in Florida.
Moreland played collegiate basketball at Northwood University and is married to his childhood sweetheart, Lori, who also attended Northwood. Steve and Lori have three children - Christa, Tyler and Shane - and reside in Grand Blanc, Mich. Tyler and Shane helped Flint Powers Catholic reach the MHSAA Class B championship game in 2008. Tyler, a senior, and Shane, a junior, each received respective All-State Class B honors. Flint Powers Catholic HS also won the Championship in 2009.