Steve Steketee Named Virginia Tech Assistant Coach

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BLACKSBURG – Virginia Tech head swimming and diving coach Sergio Lopez Miro announces the hiring of Steve Steketee as an assistant coach.

“I am truly excited to have Steve Steketee become a part of the Virginia Tech Swimming & Diving coaching staff,” said Lopez Miro. “I have known Steve for almost 20 years, first as a swimmer when I was one of his coaches during his senior year at Northwestern University, and after as a colleague. Steve and I had the opportunity to work together at West Virginia University and build a team in less than three years that won Big East Championship and was Top 20 in the country. I felt fortunate when he expressed interest in coming to Blacksburg so we could work together again. Steve is a very intelligent and smart coach and a top recruiter, he will work relentlessly for the team, the student-athletes and Virginia Tech. I am so happy to welcome he and his wife Abby to the Hokie Family and to swimming and diving coaching staff.”

Steketee reunites with Lopez Miro after having served as an assistant on Lopez Miro’s staff at WVU 2004-07. The two were instrumental in improving the Mountaineers’ women from 11th to third in the Big East while taking the men from seventh to first. In their final season, Steketee and Lopez Miro pushed the men’s team to a top-20 finish at NCAAs.

“I am very excited to join Sergio Lopez Miro’s staff as he builds something special with Virginia Tech Swimming and Diving,” said Steketee. “I feel honored that Coach Lopez Miro and the administration have given me this opportunity and I cannot wait to get to work!”

Most recently, Steketee was a volunteer assistant at Northwestern with the women’s swimming and diving program, helping to coach 2016 Olympian Valerie Gruest and NCAA Champion diver Olivia Rosendahl. Prior to Northwestern, Steketee was an assistant at Nevada where he helped the Wolfpack to a third place finish at the Mountain West Championships, its highest ever, and a 33rd place finish at NCAAs.

Steketee served as an assistant at University of South Carolina from 2008-2013 where he coached swimmers that competed in multiple US National Champmionship meets as well as the 2008 Olympic trials and 2009 World Championships.

A former BigTen Champion in the 200 free at Northwestern, Steketee also competed in the 2000 US Olympic trials, recording a top-20 finish in the 200 free. While competing for the Wildcats, he simultaneously held the program records in the 50, 100 and 200 free as well as five relay events.

He began his career at Denver, serving as an assistant for the 2003-04 season.

Steketee graduated from Northwestern with a BA in Political Science and Philosophy in 2001. He is married to the Abby Steketee, née Meadema, who is from Danville, Virginia.

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