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Dan Steele New UNI Track 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

combined men's and women's teams to unprecedented success in 2009, where

the Duck men won the NCAA Indoor title, the Pac-10 Conference title and

finished second at NCAA Outdoor meet. Not to be outdone, the Duck women

won the 2009 Pac-10 Conference title and finished second at the NCAA

Outdoor meet. Steele made history at the 2009 NCAA Outdoor Championships

by coaching Ashton Eaton to his second Decathlon title and Brianne

Theisen to her first Heptathlon title. This is the first time in NCAA

history both multis winners came from the same school. For his efforts,

Steele was voted the 2009 Indoor NCAA Coach of the Year.

"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

family. UNI's proud and impressive tradition of athletic and academic

excellence falls in line with my professional standards and

expectations. Coaching is teaching; I am a passionate teacher. With my

modern vision and leadership, UNI will remain relevant at the NCAA level

and be a perennial Missouri Valley Conference championship-caliber team."

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

400-hurdles NCAA title as a senior, was a two-time All-American and

two-time Drake Relays champion for the Panthers. He was inducted into

the EIU Athletics Hall of Fame in 2001.

He and his wife, Dusky, have two sons, Xander and Blake.


{Courtesy: UNI Athletics}

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