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Miami names new men’s basketball coach

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Miami, the winningest program in MAC history, has won 21 league titles and made 26 playoff appearances. The RedHawks’ last NCAA Tournament appearance was in 2007.

“I am honored and thrilled to be named the next head coach of men’s basketball in Miami,” Steele said. “The University of Miami’s blend of elite academics, beautiful campuses, and deep commitment to the success of its student-athletes creates a unique advantage. I am happy to get to work.

In addition to recruiting two nationally ranked top-20 classes as a head coach, each of his student-athletes graduated during his time at Xavier. As an assistant at XU, he also helped secure two of the top 10 recruiting classes nationally, made four NCAA Tournament appearances – twice at the Sweet Sixteen – and won a conference championship.

Steele, 40, has coached at the high school, AAU, college and Division I levels.

He was hired as director of basketball operations at Xavier in 2008 before being elevated to assistant coach in 2009, then associate head coach in 2015, and finally head coach in 2018. Prior to Xavier, Steele worked on the staff at Indiana University. He joined the Hoosiers in August 2006, assuming the duties of video coordinator. He was also an assistant men’s basketball coach at Wabash Valley College (2005-2006) and spent a year with the Ohio State basketball program as a graduate manager (2004-2005) under Thad Matta.

From 2001 to 2006, Steele coached for the Spiece/Indiana Adidas Elite AAU basketball program. He was also an assistant coach at Ben Davis High School while attending Butler University. .

Steele, the brother of current University of Akron head coach John Groce, is from Danville, Indiana. He and his wife Amanda reside in Cincinnati with their sons, Winston and Anderson.