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Northern Iowa beckons Steele.

Byline: Curtis Anderson The Register-Guard

Oregon associate director of track and field Dan Steele Dan Steele (born March 12, 1969) is an American bobsledder and athlete who has competed from the early 1990s to 2002. Competing in two Winter Olympics, he won the bronze medal in the four-man event at Salt Lake City in 2002.  confirmed he will be named head coach of the University of Northern Iowa The University of Northern Iowa, in Cedar Falls, Iowa, was founded in 1876, as the Iowa State Normal School. It has colleges of Business Administration, Education, Humanities and Fine Arts, Natural Sciences, and Social and Behavioral Sciences, and a graduate school.  men's and women's track and field and cross country programs today.

Reached Monday night, Steele declined further comment. The Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier newspaper planned to report Steele's hiring in today's print edition.

Steele will be introduced at a press conference to announce the new head coach at 2 p.m. (PDT PDT
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) at the McLeod Center alumni suite in Cedar Falls, Iowa Cedar Falls is a city in Black Hawk County, Iowa, United States, and it is home to one of Iowa's three public universities, the University of Northern Iowa. The population was 36,145 at the 2000 census. . A live stream will be made available on the UNI athletics Web site at www.unipanthers.com.

Steele, 40, is in his seventh season on the UO track and field coaching staff. He is a native of Moline, Ill., which is about 150 miles southeast of Cedar Falls.

Steele, the 1992 NCAA NCAA
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 400-meter hurdles champion at Eastern Illinois, was chosen as the Panthers' next coach from a field of six finalists.

The other candidates were UNI associate head coach Mark Napier, former UNI track athlete and current Nevada head coach Shantel Twiggs, UNI volunteer assistant Steve Lynn, Memphis coach Kevin Robinson and Western Illinois coach Mike Stevenson.

At Oregon, Steele is responsible for overseeing the daily operation of the men's and women's track and field teams. He is also in charge of the UO men's sprinters and hurdlers, pole vaulters and multi-event performers.

Two of his athletes, Ashton Eaton and Brianne Theisen, won NCAA titles in the decathlon decathlon (dĭkăth`lŏn), in modern Olympic games, a contest for men held over two days and composed of 10 track-and-field events.  and heptathlon heptathlon: see under decathlon.
heptathlon

Women's athletics competition. Contestants take part in seven different track-and-field events: 100-m hurdles, shot put, high jump, long jump, javelin throw, and 200- and 800-m runs.
, respectively, last season. It was the first time that one school produced both multi-event champions in the same year.

Eaton, a two-time NCAA decathlon champion, will be a senior this year, and Theisen will be a junior. Both of them went on to compete in the World Championships in Berlin last August. Theisen competed as the Canadian national champion, while Eaton was a member of Team USA.

Steele has won numerous coaching honors over the past seven seasons. He was named 2009 NCAA Indoor Men's Track and Field Coach of the Year after the Duck men won their first NCAA indoor crown last March.

The Northern Iowa job opened in August when Travis Geopfert resigned after one year as head coach to become an assistant at Arkansas. Razorback head coach Chris Bucknam was UNI's coach from 1984 to 2008, and Geopfert was an assistant under Bucknam at Northern Iowa for five seasons.

The Panthers have won 10 straight men's indoor titles in the Missouri Valley Conference The Missouri Valley Conference (also called MVC or simply "The Valley") is a college athletic conference whose members are located in the midwestern United States. The conference participates in the NCAA's Division I and is generally considered one of the best mid-major  and three consecutive men's outdoor league crowns.

The 2010 NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships will be held June 9-12 at Hayward Field.
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