Kevin Steele named Miami defensive coordinator

The University of Tennessee parted ways with third-year head coach Jeremy Pruitt on January 18, 2021.

Former Flight Kevin Steele served as Tennessee’s interim head coach following Pruitt’s departure and before the Vols hired Josh Heupel as head coach on January 27, 2021.

Steele was named Miami’s defensive coordinator on Wednesday. The Hurricanes hired Mario Cristobal as head coach in December.

“My defensive philosophy is what people want back at the University of Miami,” Steele said. “Philosophically, the defense of when I grew up reflects some of the things of the old teams here – it’s based on relentless effort, physical and mental stamina and tackling. We’ll never have a meeting let alone these three things.

“There are things that are schematically important for any defense, whether we are pressuring, playing media coverage or whatever. It’s all in a different library book. The first book you should read is about relentless effort, physical and mental endurance, and tackling. If you do these three things on defense, you’re on the right track.

Steele began his coaching career as a student assistant in 1980 under Johnny Majors for the Flights.

He was a graduate assistant (1981) and outside linebackers coach (1982) at Tennessee. In 1987-88, he coached defensive backs under the UT majors.

Steele played linebacker for the Vols from 1978 to 1979 after being traded from Furman.

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