Ex-Auburn DC Steele becoming a member of Tennessee workers
Former Auburn defensive coordinator Kevin Steele is becoming a member of the Tennessee soccer teaching workers as a defensive assistant.Steele, 62, was Auburn’s defensive coordinator the previous 5 seasons however was not retained by new Auburn coach Bryan Harsin, who employed former Vanderbilt coach Derek Mason as his defensive coordinator.Steele, a finalist for the Broyles Award as the highest assistant coach in school soccer through the 2017 season, has deep Tennessee ties. He performed at Tennessee and began his teaching profession at Tennessee, each below Johnny Majors. Steele was a finalist for the Vols’ head-coaching job in 2018 when Jeremy Pruitt was employed. Steele and Pruitt labored collectively on Nick Saban’s workers at Alabama.”Kevin is somebody I’ve revered and admired for a very long time on and off the sphere,” Pruitt stated in an announcement. “I had the chance to study and work with him throughout our time at Alabama and our friendship grew from there. He has excellent information of the sport and understands what it takes to achieve success on this convention.”Whereas at Auburn, Steele’s defenses completed within the high 20 nationally in scoring protection in 4 of his 5 seasons on the Plains. He is broadly thought-about to be one of many high recruiters within the nation and has labored for among the greatest names in school soccer, together with Bobby Bowden, Tom Osborne, Dabo Swinney, Les Miles and Saban. Steele additionally labored within the NFL because the linebackers coach for the Carolina Panthers from 1995 to 1998.”He is an impressive coach and as sturdy as anyone I’ve ever seen in recruiting,” Bowden advised ESPN.”Tennessee is a particular place to me personally,” Steele stated in an announcement. “I’m really grateful to Coach Pruitt and Coach Fulmer for this chance, and I’m desperate to get to work alongside them as soon as once more. I look ahead to serving to create an setting the place our gamers are profitable and really embrace what it means to be a Volunteer.”Auburn owes Steele just a little greater than $5 million from the contract he signed final January, which on the time made him the highest-paid defensive coordinator in school soccer.Steele returns to his alma mater amid an in-house inquiry into alleged improprieties inside Tennessee’s soccer program that has been ongoing since November. The college introduced final month that it had retained the companies of Michael Glazier and Kyle Skillman with the Bond, Schoeneck & King legislation agency to help in reviewing what the college stated in an announcement had been “regulatory points which were dropped at our consideration.”ESPN reported final week that Tennessee had not prolonged the contracts of assistant soccer coaches and had paused hiring coaches for vacancies whereas the Vols proceed to research whether or not violations occurred inside the program.