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Wednesday, September 30, 2009 | Track & Field
UNI Tabs Dan Steele as Track & Field/Cross Country Coach
CEDAR FALLS, Iowa -- Dan Steele has been named the Head Men's and Women's Track and Field/Cross Country Coach at the University of Northern Iowa, as announced by UNI Director of Athletics Troy Dannen.
Steele, a native of Moline, Ill., recently finished his seventh season at the University of Oregon. Steele was instrumental in leading the
"My extraordinary experience at Oregon has prepared me well to take over the program at the University of Northern Iowa." Steele said. "I had the great pleasure of working for and learning from two of the most brilliant head coaches in the business, Vin Lananna and Martin Smith. In that time, I have also enjoyed coaching some of the finest track and field athletes in America.
"Northern Iowa and I are a great fit. Originally from the Quad Cities, I also know Cedar Falls/Waterloo is the perfect place for raising a
As the Associate Director of Track and Field at Oregon, Steele was responsible for running the daily operations of the men's and women's track and field team. Overseeing the sprinters, hurdlers, pole vaulters, decathletes and heptathletes, Steele has coached eight NCAA champions, 13 Pac-10 champions, 30 All-Americans and helped Oregon student-athletes establish 22 new school records.
As an athlete, Steele competed as the brakeman on the Olympic bronze medal four-man bobsled team for the United States at the 2002 Games.
Steele earned a bachelor's degree in sociology from Eastern Illinois in 1992. As a collegiate student-athlete at EIU, Steele captured the
He and his wife, Dusky, have two sons, Xander and Blake.