Sports Brief, Feb. 21, 2014

Pro Football

Ben Steele returns to NFL as coach

Palisade High School and Mesa State graduate Ben Steele was hired by Tampa Bay as offensive quality control coach. Steele joins the Buccaneers after one season as tight ends coach and recruiting coordinator for UC-Davis.

Prior to his time with the Aggies, Steele spent two seasons (2011-12) at the University of California, as an administrative assistant for Cal’s offensive staff. He also worked two years with the University of Colorado as an operations and recruiting assistant (2009) and graduate assistant (2010), as well as spending one year at Mesa State as an offensive assistant coach (2008).

Steele played professionally from 2001-07 with the San Francisco 49ers, Oakland Raiders, Minnesota Vikings, Seattle Seahawks, Green Bay Packers and Houston Texans. He joined the NFL after two seasons at Mesa State where he was an All-RMAC honoree. He started his college career at Fort Lewis before transferring to Mesa.

Steele graduated with a bachelor’s degree in mass communications with an emphasis in broadcasting and received his master’s in 2006 while attending the NFL’s Executive Business Program at the Harvard Business School. He is married to Rachel and the couple has one daughter, Cora.


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