Greg Steele enters his 28th year in Wheaton's Athletic Treatment Center in 2017-18, including his 24th year as the head athletic trainer. He oversees all operations of the athletic treatment center for an NCAA Division III department that includes 21 men's and women's varsity programs and several intramural and club sports teams. Steele also supervises one full-time athletic trainer and a student athletic training staff.
Hired as Wheaton's assistant athletic trainer in 1990, Steele held that post for three years before being elevated to his current position in 1993. Over the last several years, he has served in other relevant capacities, including stints as an athletic trainer for the 1994 United States Olympic Festival in Saint Louis, the 1994 Nigerian World Cup soccer team that trained at Wheaton's Keefe Field, and at the United States Olympic Training Center in Lake Placid, New York, in 1993. He has also assisted with the Boston Marathon and Bay State Games.
Prior to relocating to the East Coast, Steele spent a considerable amount of time on the opposite side of the country, where he earned a master's degree from San Jose State University in 1990. Majoring in physical education with a specialization in athletic training at San Jose State, Steele worked as an athletic trainer and physical therapy aide at Santa Clara Sports Therapy and as a graduate assistant athletic trainer at Monta Vista High School in Cupertino, California, from 1988-90.
In addition to holding two professional positions while attending graduate school, Steele was a staff athletic trainer for the National Football League's (NFL) Seattle Seahawks in the summer months from 1985-90. With the Seahawks, he assisted with minicamp and preseason for six summers. Certified by the National Athletic Trainers Association (NATA), Steele also gained valuable experience teaching physical education in the Kittitas County School District in Ellensburg, Washington, and working as a student athletic trainer and lab instructor at Central Washington University.
An author of multiple athletic training publications and guest lecturer for various groups and organizations, Steele graduated from Central Washington in 1987 with a bachelor's degree in physical education. He was named Student Trainer of the Year and earned a spot on the Dean's List his senior year. A native of Bothell, Washington, Steele also competed on CWU's men's soccer team for two seasons.