Steve Steele

Episode 92

2 NOV 2020

He grew up playing hockey and football, including competing in the latter sport for four years at William Penn University in Iowa, where he helped his team win a conference championship and broke the NAIA national rushing record.  He went on to coach the offensive line at Dakota State University before going on to his current position as head football coach of Pierre TF Riggs High School.  PLUS he is Head Coach of the Oahe Capitals High School Hockey team.

Guest quotes:

“I was a cradle Catholic, really brought up well in the faith.  I’m very blessed to have the parents that I do have, and not just their teachings but their example.”

“I think that was really one of the first moments that I can clearly remember that we were – or at least personally – I was stepping aside and saying, ‘Okay, this is what I’m feeling God wants me to do, so I’m going to do it even though in all reality I don’t know that I’m overly comfortable with it yet, but I’ve gotta trust Him and do what I think He’s wanting me to do’.”

“Our Catholic high school, we put a very large premium on doing community service and being involved in the community and in your own parishes.”

“Obviously I took so much from my parents, but, learning a lot more and going even further in-depth at the school really just kept me wanting more and then being able to teach Religious Ed to the elementary school kids helped me be able to pass that on and then hopefully build that excitement in that generation as well.”

“We were able to get it going and start doing some service projects and meeting every week. It was a lot of fun, again, just to continue to hopefully build that excitement, build the passion for not just sports, not just school, but ultimately for the Lord.”

“Life’s about what you can do for others and how you can express love to others.”

“We all have families and that’s gotta be our primary job and we’re all big boys, we can find a way to still be prepared for football on Monday even if we don’t come in (to work) all weekend.”

“You’ve gotta look back to Jesus to realize that people weren’t all that happy with his decisions that he made too and he obviously, he’s the one that we need to be following in terms of making decisions and if we were to just go for the popular decision then chances are we’re not doing what he wants us to do.”

“I do think that the most important way that we can minister is by setting a great example.”

“I’ve tried to really focus on waking up at five or a little before and doing both – meaning, running or working out in some fashion and then saying a rosary and Divine Mercy Chaplet every morning.”

“Be courageous.  It’s a tough thing and it’s a really hard world, I think, that we’re living in right now, but I don’t think it’s harder than the world Jesus was in.”

Related links:

Coach Steele’s “Offense In A Box”

Pierre TF Riggs Football

Oahe Capitals Hockey

(This episode contains a prayer from the National Catholic Coaches Association’s “The Leadership Papers,” although originally credited in there to The Coach’s Bible.)