Dan Steele (born March 20, 1969) is an American bobsledder and track and field athlete who competed from the early 1990s to 2002. Competing in two Winter Olympics, he won the bronze medal in the four-man event at Salt Lake City in 2002. He was recently one of the most successful collegiate track and field coaches in America.
Steele with bronze medal in Salt Lake City
|Born||March 20, 1969 (age 50)|
Moline, Illinois, U.S.
|Alma mater||Eastern Illinois University|
Stroke: On July 28, 2017, Steele nearly died from a massive hemorrhagic stroke. He was forced to step away from coaching since the stroke. Steele spent 2.5 months in the hospital relearning how to walk and talk.
A native of Sherrard, Illinois, Steele graduated from Eastern Illinois University with a degree in sociology. During the 1990s, he also competed in athletics first in the 400 m hurdles (winning the 1992 NCAA title) and later in the decathlon, qualifying for the United States Olympic trials for the 1992, 1996, and 2000 Summer Olympics, earning his best finishes of fifth in the decathlon in the 2000 trials. Steele even finished eighth in the decathlon at the 1999 World Athletics Championships in Seville, Spain.
In 1993, Steele moved from Illinois to Eugene, Oregon to train full-time in track and field. In 2001 he became a volunteer athletics coach for the University of Oregon. In between coaching stints, Steele competed in bobsleigh for the U.S. both in 1998 and 2002. At the 2002 Winter Olympics, he earned a bronze medal in the four-man event, a feat that ended a 46-year medal drought for the United States in that sport.
Retiring from bobsleigh after the 2002 Winter Olympics, Steele is currently the Head Track and Field coach at the University of Northern Iowa. Prior to UNI, Steele was the Associate Head Coach at the University of Oregon. In 2009 Steele was named the National Men's Coach of the Year for helping lead the Oregon men to an NCAA Indoor title. Steele was also named the West Region Women's Coach of the Year in 2009 for helping lead the Oregon women to their first Pacific-10 title since 1992. That same year he coached Ashton Eaton to the NCAA Decathlon title and Brianne Theisen to the NCAA Heptathlon title. This marked first time in NCAA history both multis winners represented the same institution. The 2005 and 2007 NCAA West Regional Assistant Coach of the Year for Men’s Sprints and Hurdles and the 2008 Pac-10 Coach of the Year has established himself as one of the nation’s top coaches. Steele has guided athletes to eight individual NCAA titles, 24 conference titles, 31 All-America honors, 32 school records, five Pac-10 team titles, and one NCAA team title.
In 2015, Dan Steele, whose exemplary resume includes experiences as an Olympic medalist, NCAA champion and head coach, is Iowa State Cyclones’s new Men’s & Women’s Associate Head Track & Field coach.
His identical twin brother, Darrin Steele, is currently the CEO of USA Bobsled and Skeleton and also competed in athletics. Darrin's decathlon best of 8129 is only one point shy of Dan's 8130. Both Steeles competed in the 1998 and 2002 Winter Olympics together in bobsleigh. Dan Steele is married (Dusky) with two sons (Xander and Blake) and a daughter (Indira). He also has two nieces (Kalyany and Akarea) and a nephew (Darrin Khan).
|1999||Pan American Games||Winnipeg, Canada||2nd||Decathlon|
|World Championships||Seville, Spain||8th||Decathlon|