Steele Out as Xavier's Head Coach
The Travis Steele reign as head coach of the Xavier men's basketball program has officially come to a close. On Wednesday afternoon, Xavier University Athletics and AD Greg Christopher announced that Steele and Xavier have mutually elected to part ways. Steele, who spent a total of 14 seasons in the Xavier basketball program in various coaching roles, finishes his career at Xavier with a 70-50 record in his four seasons at the helm. Associate Head Coach Jonas Hayes will serve as Interim Head Coach this week as the Musketeers prepare for their round two game of the NIT Tournament on Sunday against the winner of the Iona/Florida. Christopher indicated that Xavier has initiated a national coaching search to hire the new head coach.
Full Press Release from Xavier:
Xavier University Athletics and Head Men’s Basketball Coach Travis Steele have mutually agreed to part ways, Vice President and Director of Athletics Greg Christopher announced today.
“I appreciate the opportunity to lead Xavier Men’s Basketball the past four years,” said Steele. “I am excited for the next chapter in my life, and I wish Xavier nothing but success.”
Steele finished 70-50 overall in four seasons as the head coach, including two NIT berths. Steele spent 14 seasons on the basketball staff at Xavier. Associate Head Coach Jonas Hayes will serve as the Interim Head Coach as Xavier prepares to face the winner of tonight’s Iona/Florida game in the second round of the NIT on Sunday.
“I want to thank Travis and his staff for their tireless efforts on behalf of the Xavier Basketball program,” said Christopher. “Travis led the team with the utmost character and in a first-class manner. He navigated us through a difficult time with Covid and always focused on what was best for our student-athletes. I have tremendous respect for Travis, and he’s been a part of Xavier Basketball for more than a decade, playing an important role in some of the program’s greatest accomplishments. We collectively appreciate all that Travis has given to Xavier and wish him the best moving forward.”
“Our expectations for Xavier Basketball remain steadfast: we expect to compete for the BIG EAST Championship and to compete and advance in the NCAA tournament.”
A national search will begin immediately.