A native of Texas, Steele came to Marshall in 1995 after serving in the Rice University Athletic Department from 1984-95, first as ticket manager, then as business manager for athletics and finally as Assistant AD for Business.
A product of Austin's Westlake High School, Steele received his B.A. in Managerial Studies and Political Science from Rice, where he was a three-year letter winner on the varsity golf squad, in 1982. Steele went on to earn a master's degree in Sports Administration from Ohio University in 1984. From there he served an internship with the Houston Astros before joining the Rice athletics department.
At Marshall, Steele oversees business operations, budgeting, video and concessions. He assists the Director of Athletics with football scheduling, is treasurer and a member of the Big Green Executive Committee, and is the sport administrator for football and men's basketball.
Steele and his wife, Diana, have one daughter, Madison (11).