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Steele Named Distinguished Alumni

April 20, 2016

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Robert (Bob) Steele, graduate of COEHS and former SIU swim coach, was named the 2016 SIU Distinguished Alumni Award winner for Career Achievement.

Steele is a two-degree graduate of SIU, earning bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the College of Education and Human Services in 1962 and 1963, respectively.

Bob Steele’s career spans 58 years as a swim coach, whose experience and accolades have made him a giant in the sport. A conference- and national amateur championship-winning swim captain at SIU from 1958 to 1961, Steele began his coaching career with a Carbondale-based youth group. He spent more than a decade as the head swim coach for SIU, with a 230-66 lifetime record. During his tenure at SIU, he also coached the National Junior Swim Team and national teams in Holland and France. 

Read more about Steele on our Alumni Page.