Kristin Steele enters her 19th season as the head women’s ice hockey coach at Connecticut College in 2019-20. Under her direction, the Camels have developed into a perennial contender in the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) and have been ranked among the top 10 programs in the country.
In 2015-16, the Camels set a school record by winning 15 games and matched the feat by registering 15 victories over the next two campaigns with Steele on the sidelines. The 2017-18 squad recently finished with a 15-6-5 ledger and a school-record .673 winning percentage while advancing to the semifinal round of the NESCAC Tournament for the third straight season and fifth time over the last six years.
After guiding the program to its first winning season in 2010-11, Steele led the Camels to another historic winter by registering a 14-11-1 record in 2012-13 and setting a school record for victories at the time. The 2013-14 team made more history by becoming the first No. 8 seed to defeat a No. 1 seed in the NESCAC Tournament, and the Camels followed that up by earning the right to host their first postseason game a year later. Steele was also recognized as both the NESCAC and New England Hockey Writers Coach of the Year in 2014-15.
Beginning with a top-four finish in the conference standings in 2014-15, the Camels have boasted a 57-32-14 ledger and an impressive .572 winning percentage under Steele’s tutelage. The team has also produced seven all-conference selections over the past four years, which is the program’s most successful span in school history.
Prior to her arrival at Connecticut College, Steele spent three seasons as the assistant women’s ice hockey coach and recruiting coordinator at Niagara University and helped build the Purple Eagles into a top 10 Division I program. She began her collegiate coaching career in 1997 as an assistant for the women’s ice hockey program at Colgate University.
Before beginning her collegiate coaching career at Colgate, Steele spent three years at Northfield Mount Hermon, her prep school alma mater, in Massachusetts. She served as the head coach of the varsity ice hockey team in 1996 and was also an assistant for the soccer and softball programs while teaching environmental studies and biology.
Along with her collegiate coaching duties, Steele coaches at the USA Hockey Girls Development Camps each summer in St. Cloud, Minnesota. She also works as an evaluator and coach for numerous USA hockey districts and serves as the Development Director for Atlantic District Girls’ Hockey.
Furthermore, Steele has served on the NCAA Division III Women’s Ice Hockey Committee and chaired the East Region for two years. From 2001-07, she worked at the Empire States Games in New York and coached the gold and silver-medal winning Western teams.
A native of Gill, Massachusetts, Steele graduated from the University of Maine in 1994. She was a four-year letterwinner, three-time captain and an All-AWCHA First Team selection as a defender on the ice for the Black Bears and also earned All-North Atlantic Conference Second Team accolades as a member of the softball team in 1993.