Kristin Steele enters her 16th season as the head women's ice hockey coach at Connecticut College. Under Steele’s direction, the Camels have developed into a contender in the talent-rich New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) and have qualified for the conference championship tournament in each of the past nine seasons.
In 2015-16, Steele directed the Camels to a program record for victories with a 15-8-3 mark and the program's first home post-season victory against Hamilton College.
Three Camels were honored on the All-NESCAC squad. Juniors Julie Beattie of Livonia, Mich. (pictured, left) and Katherine Chester of Mendham, N.J. (center) earned first team recognition. Jordan Cross of Saugus, Mass. was honored as the NESCAC Rookie of the Year.
In 2014-15, the Camels made history by hosting their first NESCAC Post-Season game in New London. Steele was recognized as both the NESCAC and the New England Hockey Writers Coach of the Year.
During the 2013-2014 campaign, the Camels advanced to the semifinal round of the NESCAC Championship for the second consecutive year. With their 2-1 overtime victory in the quarterfinal round, Connecticut College made history as the first number eight seed to defeat a number one seed in a NESCAC Women's Hockey Championship.
Steele and the Camels posted a record of 14-11-1 in 2012-13, setting a program record for victories in a historic season of Camel Hockey. Connecticut College climbed all the way up to #9 in the NCAA Regional Rankings, advancing to the semifinal round in the NESCAC Championship for the second time in program history.
Prior to joining the Camel program, Steele spent three years 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 her arrival at Colgate, she spent three years at her prep school alma mater, Northfield Mount Hermon in Massachusetts. In 1996, Steele was the head coach of the varsity ice hockey team at Northfield Mount Hermon. She also served as an assistant coach for the soccer and softball teams while teaching environmental studies and biology.
Along with her collegiate coaching duties, Steele has coached at the USA Hockey Girls U-19 and the U-14 festivals. From 2001-2007, Steele worked at the Empire State Games in New York, coaching the gold and silver medal-winning Western teams. Steele has also worked as an evaluator for numerous U.S. hockey districts. She served as the lead coach of the Atlantic District Select 34 camp and the New York state development camp at Morrisville. In September of 2004, Steele was appointed to the NCAA Division III Women's Ice Hockey Committee and chaired the East Region for a two years.
A native of Gill, Mass., Steele is a 1994 graduate of the University of Maine. At Maine, Steele was a four-year member of the women's ice hockey program, a three-year captain, and a First Team AWCHA selection on defense. She also competed on the Black Bear softball team and was a second Team All-North Atlantic Conference selection in 1993. Steele earned NAC All-Academic Team honors in '93.