Ben Steele is in his second season as an administrative assistant on the offensive side of the ball with the Cal football program in 2012.
Steele arrived at Cal in 2011 after spending two seasons on the Colorado staff as a graduate assistant (2010) and an operations and recruiting assistant (2009). During his time at Colorado, he was in the master's program in education.
Steele's first position as a member of a collegiate football staff came at his alma mater Mesa State as an offensive assistant coach in 2008.
Prior to returning to his alma mater to coach, he attended and received master's credit from the Harvard Business School in 2006 as part of the NFL's Executive Business Program.
Steele was a player in the NFL from 2001-07, signing with the San Francisco 49ers in 2001 and earning a spot on the practice squad as a tight end. He then signed with Oakland for the 2002 season where he was a practice squad member for a Raiders' team that advanced to Super Bowl XXXVII. He was a member of the Raiders, as well as the Minnesota Vikings and Seattle Seahawks in 2003. From 2004-06 he spent time on the Green Bay Packers' roster before finishing his playing career with the Houston Texans from 2006-07.
Steele earned a bachelor's degree in mass communications with an emphasis in broadcasting from Mesa State in 2001. While there he worked at various local media outlets including KMSA Radio and also returned to Grand Junction to work at KKCO NBC 11 News, where he served as the weekend sports anchor during the offseason in 2002 and 2003. During his two seasons at Mesa State (1999-2000), he earned all-conference honors as a junior and played in a Division II All-Star Game following his senior campaign.
Steele started his collegiate career at Fort Lewis College, where he played football from 1996-98. He redshirted the 1996 season and then played tight end in 1997 and 1998, hauling in 10 receptions for 84 yards and one touchdown.
Steele and his wife, Rachel, were married in 2008.
LAST UPDATED: July 26, 2012