Taylor Steele will be in his fourth season as the assistant men's and women's swimming coach in 2016-17. 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 Foster 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.
During the 2015-16 season, Steele helped coach the women to a 7-2 overall record. The squad won its 26th ODAC Championship. The men’s team registered a 6-1 record and claimed its second consecutive ODAC title. At the conference championship, Elle Chancey ’19 was chosen as the women’s Rookie of the Year, while Sam Childress ’19 was named the men’s Rookie of the Year. Foster was selected as the ODAC Scholar-Athlete of the Year for the third straight year and Thetford was awarded the Swimmer of the Year.
Steele also assisted in guiding Thetford and Rollo to First Team All-America accolades. Thetford won two national titles in the 100 and 200 free, and had a second-place finish in the 50 free at the NCAA Championship. Rollo garnered First Team All-America honors with a sixth-place showing in the 100 back and a fifth-place finish in the 200 back. She also earned Honorable Mention All-America laurels in the 200 IM.
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.