PELLA—Brad Steele, a former high school head coach and national qualifier at the University of Wyoming, has joined the Central College wrestling staff as a volunteer assistant coach.
A St. James, Minnesota native, Steele was a two-time Class A high school state champ. He went on to win 109 matches at Wyoming as a four-time letter winner and was a 2003 NCAA Division I Championships qualifier. He was an assistant coach at Creighton Prep in Omaha, Nebraska from 2004-12 and at Western Wyoming Community College from 2012-13. He was an assistant at Rock Springs High School in Wyoming for a year, then served as head coach for two seasons, leading the squad to a fifth-place state tourney finish in 2016. After spending the last two years in Nevada, last fall Steele moved to Pella where he serves as education coordinator at Yellow Iron Academy, an early learning center.
“Having Brad on our staff is a real boost for our program,” said coach Eric Van Kley. “It’s hard to find good coaches for the upper weights and we’re tremendously fortunate to have one with Brad’s skills and experience to work with our wrestlers. He’s been highly successful as both a wrestler and a coach.”