Taylor Steele is in his third season as the assistant men's and women's swimming coach. Steele came to Washington and Lee from Angelo State University, where he earned a master of science in kinesiology in May. Steele is also a strength and conditioning coach for the athletic department.
In his first stint, he helped lead the women's program to a 9-3 overall record and to an ODAC Championship, which marked the program's 24th and seventh consecutive title. Seventeen Generals earned all-conference accolades, led by Stephanie Foster '16 who garnered the ODAC Scholar-Athlete of the Year award and First Team All-ODAC laurels. She was also named to the CoSIDA Academic All-America All-District At-Large team.
In Steele’s second season, the women’s program finished with an 8-1 overall record and claimed its eighth consecutive conference title. The men’s squad also recorded an 8-1 record and won the inaugural ODAC Championship. Both the women and men’s teams had 18 individuals garner all-conference laurels. Emily Rollo ‘17 was named Swimmer of the Year, Kira Tomenchok ’18 tabbed Rookie of the Year honors and Stephanie Foster ‘16 received her second straight ODAC Scholar-Athlete of the Year for the women. On the men’s side, Tommy Thetford ’18 was selected as the Rookie of Year.
Prior to his arrival at W&L, he had been serving as an assistant swimming coach with the West Houston Aquatics Team and as an area supervisor with Greater Houston Pool Management.
Steele’s coaching experience also includes serving as the head swimming coach for the City of Georgetown, Texas from 2010-11, and he was an assistant swimming coach for the Forest Area Swimming Team in Pflugerville, Texas for much of the same time period.
Steele was also a pool manager and water safety instructor for the City of Georgetown. He is a 2011 graduate of Southwestern University, earning a bachelor of science degree in kinesiology. He served as a captain for the Pirates’ swimming team, earning Scholar All-America honors as a senior.
Steele is a ASCA Level 1 Certified Coach who is also certified in CPR/AED and First Aid. Additionally, he is a Certified Lifeguard Instructor and a Certified Water Safety Instructor.