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Mike Steele Named Men's Basketball Coach

May 12, 1981

Mike Steele.jpgMay 12, 1981, Greencastle, Ind. - Mike Steele, an assistant men's basketball coach at Butler University for the past four seasons, has been appointed to lead DePauw University's program, athletic director Tom Mont announced today. Believed to be the youngest head coach in DePauw's history, the 27-year-old Steele played collegiately at Purdue. He succeeds Page Cotton.

"One of the reasons I was anxious to come to DePauw is that not many schools at the NCAA Division III level have the national academic reputation that DePauw has," Steele told an Indianapolis news conference. "The history, plus the opportunity to play in the new Lilly Physical Education and Recreation Center that will be as good as anywhere in the country, make it a difficult combination to beat."

At Purdue the 6-4, 190-pound Steele played on the Boilermaker varsity between 1972-76. He started as a junior and played both forward and guard. He was Purdue's honorary captain his senior year when he was elected to the All-Big 10 Academic Team and won Purdue's Lambert Award for academic excellence.Old DePauw Gold EC Logo.jpg

After earning his master's degree at Bowling Green State University, where he coached the junior varsity squad to a 12-1 record, Steele went to Butler in 1977 as an assistant coach with primary responsibility for recruiting.

"The people I've met at DePauw -- those on the faculty and staff and the ones who have graduated -- all seem like very successful, positive individuals," the new coach says. "I'm really looking forward to working with them. Really, it's unique. Every person I've met who knows anything about DePauw, they couldn't say enough about it and the years they spent there. I'm really looking forward to getting involved now with the students."

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