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Steele Named Distinguished Alumni

April 20, 2016


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.