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Old 07-17-2015, 11:12 AM   #1
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Default Dan Steele is resigning...

Do become the associate head coach at ISU.

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Old 07-17-2015, 08:42 PM   #2
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I don't follow the Track/XC teams super close, but I had worked with Dan on a few occasions, and he had seemed like a very nice guy, and he really did care about the athletes being students first.
However... it would be an understatement to say that we've seen a dropoff in quality of the program since Bucknam left. Who knows if Steele is to fault for that, but it seems like since he left, our men's and women's teams haven't even been in contention for conference titles.
But again, not a track/XC expert, so take my opinion with a grain of salt.
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Old 07-17-2015, 10:15 PM   #3
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I agree, since Bucky left the programs have been on the decline, saw a tweet that something about Steele leading UNI to new heights and I kind of laughed. It will be interesting who we could get, UNI isn't exactly they greatest place to be a track coach.
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Old 07-17-2015, 10:20 PM   #4
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Who are even viable options? Any UNI alums coaching D1?
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Old 07-18-2015, 12:23 AM   #5
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Well I doubt we can get Woody away from Iowa.
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Old 07-18-2015, 09:45 AM   #6
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What killed the track program was Goepfort taking the job for a year and then quitting. They had a very attractive opening when Bucky left and Goepfort killed it. If he didn't want to run a program, he needed to go with Bucky up front.
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I'd like to see former UNI Panther, Burke Bockman take the job. He was the Associate Head Coach for the Utah Utes for several years. I think he is coaching in Washington now.
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Do we think Steele was kind of pushed out?

Seemed like a good guy and a decent coach, but the entire program undoubtably had dropped off tremendously from what it was.
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Old 07-18-2015, 04:01 PM   #9
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What killed the track program was Goepfort taking the job for a year and then quitting. They had a very attractive opening when Bucky left and Goepfort killed it. If he didn't want to run a program, he needed to go with Bucky up front.
I knew a few guys on the team a few years ago, and they said the same thing... Bucknam leaving was frustrating but understandable (a la coach McDermott). But Goepfort coming and going so fast was a killer, and it sounded like that really didn't sit well with most associated with the athletic department.

As much as the program has fallen since Steele came, there is at least some of the blame that can be placed on the situation he was put into.
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Looks like Dave Paulsen has been named Interim Head Coach for this season. Dave has excellent experience as both a UNI athlete and as an assistant coach under Steele.
Dave is a competitor (I still remember him puking into a trashcan after running his first indoor 600 at Iowa St when he was a freshman ) and hopefully he can keep the competitive spirit alive through this coming season until a permanent head coach can be named for the 2016 season.
Unfortunately the reality of having a situation of coaching uncertainty will likely hurt the program even more when it comes to recruiting. I wish Dave the best of luck.
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Old 08-13-2015, 09:01 PM   #11
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It would be vastly unrealistic to hope for anyone to come in and return us to the place where Bucknam had us. All I would like to see is a coach who at least brings in good enough recruits to make us a title contender on a regular basis, and win us some MVC crowns every few years. Right now I feel like the rest of the conference can't even take us seriously.
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