Phone: (215) 573-3110
Works with: Football, Volleyball, Field Hockey, Women's Lacrosse, Softball
James Steel is in his 10th year as Associate Director of Sports Performance at the University of Pennsylvania.
Prior to taking the post, Steel had held the position of assistant strength and conditioning coordinator with the Quakers. Prior to Penn he had been a strength coach and football coach at Charleston Southern University (S.C.), Gardner-Webb University (N.C.) and Montgomery Community College (Md.). Steel was also the defensive coordinator and strength coach at Eau-Gallie High School in Florida.
Steel has also competed in powerlifting and is the American Powerlifting Association of New Jersey state record holder in the 275-pound class in the squat (820 lbs.), dead lift (740 lbs.), and total weight (2,065 lbs.).
Steel was an All-America defensive lineman and team captain at Montgomery Community College and Gardner-Webb University. He was inducted into the Montgomery College Hall of Fame in 2011.
Steel obtained his undergraduate degree from Gardner-Webb and his Master's degree from Salisbury University. He is also a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist with the National Strength and Conditioning Association.
Steel and his wife, Michelle -- who was a four-year letterwinner for the Penn women's basketball team (1995-98) -- reside in Audubon, N.J., with their children Donald, James and Maximus.