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Travis Steele is in his sixth year as an assistant on Chris Mack's Xavier staff and his seventh straight season on the XU staff. Steele, who spent the 2008-09 season as Xavier's Director of Basketball Operations under former head coach Sean Miller, came to Xavier in 2008 after two years at Indiana University.
Steele is involved in all phases of the program, including skill development, scouting and recruiting. Xavier's incoming recruiting class is ranked among the top 20 in the country and Steele is a big part of Xavier's efforts, especially in the key areas of Ohio, Indiana, Kentucky and Michigan.
"Number one, Travis brings a nonstop energy around the office, on the court, and in recruiting," said Mack. "He's that worker you want in an assistant; he's relentless. I am a huge fan of his ability to connect with our players on every level."
After serving as the video coordinator for a season and a half while at Indiana, Steele was promoted to the position of assistant coach in February, 2008. In that role, he participated in recruiting both on and off-campus and coached daily practices, focusing on skills development of post players. He was also responsible for tracking the academic progress of the student-athletes.
Steele, 31, joined the Hoosiers in August of 2006, taking on the duties of the video coordinator. He facilitated advanced scouting of opponents, was responsible for evaluating team practices and organized prospect recruiting on a national level to begin his stint with Indiana.
Prior to his time with the Hoosiers, he served as an assistant men's basketball coach at Wabash Valley College. Joining the Warriors in October, 2005, Steele also functioned as the program's Recruiting Coordinator and developed a skill instruction program.
Steele spent a year with the Ohio State basketball program, serving as a graduate manager. His responsibilities included assisting with the skill instruction program and scouting of opposing teams, and he also helped organize recruiting efforts.
From 2001-06, Steele served as a coach for the Spiece/Indiana Adidas Elite AAU Basketball program. Recruiting high school players, he also coordinated practice and communicated plans to staff while organizing all travel and scheduling. Steele also served as assistant varsity basketball coach at Ben Davis High School while attending Butler University from 2001-04.
Steele graduated cum laude from Butler in May 2004, earning a bachelor of science degree in marketing. Steele was born November 12, 1983 in Danville, Indiana. He and his wife Amanda, reside in Cincinnati with their one-year-old son, Winston.