When Chris Mack chose to leave Xavier for the head coaching position at Louisville, Xavier’s athletic administration did not need to look far for his replacement. The man they tabbed to take over the Musketeers had occupied the chair next to Mack’s for his entire nine-year tenure. Below is a terrific profile published last week in the Cincinnati Inquirer on Steele’s path to his “lifelong dream.” There’s terrific stuff on Steele’s journey in here for young coaches and I think Steele has great perspective for coaches of all ages as well.
“I think the one thing that happens to a lot of people is they start worrying so much about the future that once they get there they’re not ready. You only get one crack at this and I understand that, so I wanted to prepare myself for that opportunity if it ever came.”