Dale Steele enters his fifth season of competition as head football coach at Campbell University. A 32-year veteran at the collegiate level, Steele became the first football coach at Campbell in more than 50 years on June 15, 2006.
Under Steele’s watch Campbell has produced 31 All-Pioneer Football League selections in the team’s first four seasons, including 11 last year.
Campbell finished 2011 at 6-5 overall and 5-3 in Pioneer Football League play, marking the program’s highest win total since restarting the program in 2008. The Camels led the PFL in rushing for the third straight year (210.45 yards per game), ranking 18th in the nation. The team had five individuals in the league's top 20 in rushing in Carl Smith, C.J. Oates, Jordan Cramer, Braden Smith and Kurt Odom.
Three Campbell players earned national recognition for outstanding performances in the classroom with Kurt Odom, Michael Rudisill and Colten Burris being named CoSIDA First Team District 3 selections.
Senior fullback Jordan Cramer and senior offensive lineman Sam Issermoyer were selected to the All-PFL First Team for the first time in their careers. The Camels also placed two players on the second team in senior offensive guard Branden Burt and junior safety Brandon Chandler. The Camels had seven players earn Honorable Mention All-PFL recognition last season in senior wide receiver Paul Constantine, senior running back Carl Smith, senior offensive lineman Jeremy Hill, senior defensive lineman Jeremiah Robinson, senior defensive lineman Randel Herring, sophomore defensive back Steth Monroe and senior punter Ted Moore.
Five players earned spots on PFL All-Academic Teams, with Kurt Odom, Jordan Cramer, Colten Burris and Michael Rudisill earning First Team honors, and Sam Eberwein taking Second Team accolades. In addition, 56 players made the PFL’s Academic Honor Roll.
Campbell had four players that were either named to the first or second team in 2010. Mike Stryffeler, a tight end, became the school’s second First Team All-PFL selection. Named to the second team for Campbell was offensive tackle Sam Issermoyer, defensive lineman Randel Herring and defensive back Jared Hart. CU placed five more on the honorable mention list.
Campbell continued its rise upward in 2010. The team continued to show off the strong running game that has become commonplace in Buies Creek and led the conference and ranked among the top 20 teams nationally in rushing. The team placed 16th overall and averaged better than 200 yards on the ground a game (207.73). The Camels also set a modern day record for rushing yards (416) and points (55) in game against Valparaiso (11/6). The Camels topped the 200 yard rushing mark in three other games.
The Camels continued to stand out in the classroom and had a pair of players selected to the CoSIDA’s First Team Academic All-District for the second consecutive season in offensive lineman Andy Johnson and Mike Stryffeler. Both of those players along with four others (quarterback Daniel Polk, tight end Josh Owens, defensive lineman Charles Fiore and defensive back Paul Pizzuti) were selected to the PFL Academic Team. The awards kept rolling in the spring as the Camels placed a total of 37 players on the PFL’s Academic Honor Roll.
Steele spent his first two years building the Fighting Camel
program for competition in 2008 at the NCAA Division I FCS level in
the Pioneer Football League. He joined the Campbell athletics staff
after spending his previous two years as assistant head coach and
running backs coach at Elon University.
Steele has overseen the entire program and the recruiting of six football signing classes and the building of the CU coaching staff.
Coach Steele’s ties to North Carolina run deep. In addition to his most recent two-year stint at Elon, he spent a decade in Eastern North Carolina working on both the collegiate and prep levels. From the 1989-1994 seasons, he was an assistant coach at East Carolina, where he helped guide the Pirates to a pair of bowl berths under head coaches Bill Lewis and Steve Logan.
At ECU, Steele coached the wide receivers, he then took on recruiting coordinator duties from 1991-93. He was named assistant head coach in 1994 when the Pirates made a trip to the Liberty Bowl. ECU also won the 1991 Peach Bowl during his tenure.
Steele then spent four years (1995-98) as head football coach and athletic director at Northern Nash High School in Rocky Mount, N.C. He left that position in 1998 to assume duties as recruiting coordinator and wide receivers coach at Baylor University, where his brother Kevin served as head coach. Following a four-year stint at Baylor, Steele moved on to East Tennessee State as assistant head coach and wide receivers coach for one year (2003) before accepting the job at Elon.
Steele began his college coaching career at Ball State in 1977, where he worked with the offensive line while earning his master’s degree in physical education. He moved on to Wisconsin in 1978 as tight ends coach and head coach of the Badgers junior varsity squad.
He went on to spend two years at Tulane (1980-82) where he worked with tight ends, kickers and served as recruiting coordinator. In 1980, the Green Wave appeared in the Hall of Fame Bowl against Arkansas. After coaching one year at St. Charles High School (1983) in LaPlace, La., Steele moved on to Wichita State (1984-86), where he worked with the outside linebackers and tight ends.
Steele then moved on to Kansas State, where he oversaw tight ends and was offensive special teams coordinator in 1987 and coached wide receivers in 1988 before accepting the job at ECU.
The son of a high school coach, Steele participated in wrestling and football at Autauga County High School in Prattville, Ala., where he lettered three years in both sports. He is a 1976 graduate of South Carolina, where he walked on the football team and played both offensive and defensive line. Steele began his coaching career that same year as an assistant at A.C. Flora High School.
Steele and his wife, the former Pam Kilpatrick, have two daughters, Meghan and Kelsey.
Full Name: Philip Dale Steele
Birthdate: August 17, 1955
Birthplace: York, Ala.
Children: Meghan, Kelsey
College: South Carolina (1976)
Degree: B.S. (Physical Education)
Graduate School: Ball State (1978)
Master’s Degree: M.A. (Physical Education)
High School: Autauga County (Prattville, Ala.) High School
Playing Background: Three years at South Carolina (offensive guard and defensive lineman)
Head Coach, Campbell University
Assistant Head Coach / Running Backs, Elon
Assistant Head Coach / Wide Receivers, East Tennessee State
Recruiting Coordinator / Wide Receivers, Baylor
Head Football Coach / Athletic Director, Northern Nash High School (Rocky Mount, N.C.)
Assistant Coach / East Carolina
1994 / Assistant Head Coach
1991-93 / Wide Receivers, Recruiting Coordinator
1989-90 / Wide Receivers
Assistant Coach / Kansas State
1988 / Wide Receivers
1987 / Tight Ends, Offensive Special Teams Coordinator
Assistant Coach / Wichita State
1985-86 / Tight Ends
1984 / Outside Linebackers
Assistant Football Coach / St. Charles High School (LaPlace, La.)
Assistant Coach / Tulane
1982 / Tight Ends, Recruiting Coordinator
1981 / Tight Ends, Kickers
1980 / Varsity Offensive Line Assistant, Freshman Offensive Line Coach
Assistant Coach / Wisconsin
1979 / Varsity Offensive Ends, Head Junior Varsity Coach
1978 / Assistant Offensive Interior Line
Graduate Assistant Coach / Ball State
Freshman Offensive Line Coach, Varsity Interior Line Coach
Assistant Varsity Coach / A.C. Flora High School (Columbia, S.C.)