YOUNGWOOD, Pa. - Mitchell Steele Jr. of Jeannette has been named as the new Head Men's Soccer Coach at Westmoreland County Community College and will guide the Wolfpack through his first season next fall.
"I am extremely excited to begin this next chapter in my coaching career," said Steele. "I hope to put a competitive team on the pitch that will play with a lot of energy. I want my team to pressure the ball constantly and be aggressive while still playing with composure."
Steele has coached in the Jeannette area and in the county for several years. He was the head varsity coach for Jeannette High School for four seasons, guiding the Jayhawks to their best season ever with eight wins in 2013, including a school-record three section victories. Jeannette also claimed its first-ever win over section rival Greensburg Central during that season.
In addition to his time as the high school head coach until 2016, Steele was the head coach for the U18 travel team at the Jeannette Soccer Club and coached three other club teams in his tenure with the club. Most recently, he has worked with the Foothills Soccer Club in Youngwood. Steele has earned multiple coaching licenses, including USSF E, USSF D and NSCAA Goalkeepers license.
"We're pleased to welcome Mitchell to our staff as the new head men's soccer coach," said Westmoreland Director of Athletics Brian Rose. "One thing that stood out the moment we interviewed Mitchell was his passion for the game and his love of teaching the sport. I believe that passion and his high-energy personality is going to have a great impact on our student-athletes on the field and also in the classroom, as he will push our players to be very successful academically as well."
A graduate of Jeannette High School, Steele went on to earn his bachelor's degree from the University of Pittsburgh in English in 2002 and earned his teaching certification from Seton Hill University in Secondary Education in 2008.
Steele resides in Jeannette with his wife Shannon, daughter James and sons Mitchell, McAlister, and Malcolm.