Paul VI tabs Steele as coach

Lisa Steele
Lisa Steele
Posted: June 07, 2014

As a lot of high school seniors did, Lisa Steele figured her future would be away from South Jersey.

A 2,000-point scorer during an illustrious basketball career at Highland, Steele accepted a scholarship to George Washington University and imagined a path that would take her far from her hometown area.

"When I was at GW, I got hurt and I started thinking about coaching, and I thought I would be a big-time college coach," Steele said. "I remember when I was in high school, I wanted to get away from South Jersey.

"But after being away, I realize how much this area means to me, the relationships that I have built over the years. This just feels right to me."

Steele, 27, has been named girls' basketball coach at Paul VI. She replaces Bob Reilly, who resigned after one season for personal reasons.

"Among the dozen who interviewed, Steele stood out for her credentials and philosophy," Paul VI assistant athletic director Donna Carmardo said in a statement Thursday.

Steele led Highland to a 28-0 record and the South Jersey Group 3 title as a senior. The Tartans lost their last game to Crystal Langhorne-led Willingboro in the state semifinals.

Steele's career was slowed at George Washington by foot injuries. She earned her bachelor's degree at GW, then earned her master's degree during three seasons as an assistant coach at Mount St. Mary's.

Steele also spent one year as an assistant at Wagner before returning to the South Jersey area. She has been involved for years with the Philadelphia Belles AAU program and frequently works at camps and clinics and provides individual instruction.

"I can't stay out of the gym," said Steele, who was a voluntary assistant at Timber Creek last season.

Steele said she was excited to take over her own program.

"Paul VI has had some success in the past and has the potential for more in the future," Steele said. "I'm looking forward to building relationships with the players, with the Paul VI community, and with the South Jersey basketball community."


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