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Kyle Steele Named OUAZ Head Men’s Volleyball Coach
– OUAZ Director of Athletics, Kevin Steele, is pleased to announce the hiring of Kyle Steele as the head men’s volleyball coach for the Spirit.
“Kyle (Steele) is going to make a great impact on our young men playing for us at OUAZ,” said Director of Athletics Kevin Steele. “He is a proven winner on and off of the court and insists on teaching young men to live up to higher expectations than they may ever think possible. He and his family will make our OUAZ family all the better for their presence with us.”
Kevin Steele continued, “Kyle brings not only a great work ethic, but he tends to make things more fun for everyone involved; this is a gift that few people have. His smile and personality is infectious in all of the right ways. He refuses to take shortcuts and believes in processes and in so doing, brings honor to God. His leadership style is unmistakably him and it is incredible to behold.”
Kyle Steele directed the Oklahoma City University Stars to a 73-25 record the past three years. Steele guided OCU to the 2016 Sooner Athletic Conference regular-season and tournament championships and into the NAIA Championships.
Oklahoma City went 32-5 this past season with its first ever victories in the NAIA National Championship. Amongst a handful of program milestones in 2016 were: highest national ranking in program history (11), first SAC regular-season title, second SAC tournament championship, first 30-win season since 2008, the SAC's 11th undefeated conference record and first 18-0 SAC record. Steele earned the American Volleyball Coaches Association NAIA South Central Region coach of the year, along with his second consecutive SAC coach of the year award last season.
Steele’s team boasted seven All-Americans, nine All-Region performers, 21 All-Conference choices, eight NAIA Scholar-Athletes, 13 Academic All-Conference selections and one CoSIDA Academic All-District pick selection. He coached the SAC most valuable player, two SAC hitter of the year honorees, one SAC newcomer of the year recipient, a league freshman of the year, one region player of the year and a region freshman of the year with the Stars.
“I would like to thank President (Kevin) Eichner, Provost (Dennis) Tyner, and Director of Athletics Kevin Steele for giving me this opportunity to join the OUAZ family and lead a new wave of young men here in Arizona,” said Kyle Steele. “The Spirit is coming to Arizona, and I could not be more excited to be a part of the growth and presence of this university.”
Kyle Steele added, “In building the OUAZ men’s volleyball program, I expect to teach these young men life success skills through the game of volleyball. It is more important now than ever to be well rounded, Christ-centered driven contributors of society and I believe athletics is a great teaching tool for this. We expect to be exceptional in three areas: the classroom, in competition, and in serving others before ourselves.”
Prior to OCU, Steele had been an assistant coach at Southern Nazarene University and Redlands Community College. Steele coached 13 All-Conference performers, nine scholar-athlete award winners, a conference defensive player of the year, a league newcomer of the year, and three All-Americans in three years at Southern Nazarene.
Kyle Steele has moved to Surprise from Yukon, Oklahoma with his wife, Taryn, and their daughters Kambria (10), Berklee (5) and Kollisyn (2).
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Founded in 1865, Ottawa University prepares professional and liberal arts graduates for lifetimes of personal significance, vocational fulfillment and service to God and humanity as a Christ-inspired community of grace and opening inquiry. Ottawa University is a comprehensive, not-for-profit educational institution serving more than 4,000 students through its residential campuses in Ottawa, Kan., and Surprise, Ariz. (opening Fall 2017), and adult campuses in Overland Park, Kan.; Phoenix, Queen Creek and Surprise, Ariz.; Brookfield, Wis.; Jeffersonville, Ind.; and online. For more information, visit www.ottawa.edu.