Steve Steketee begins his fifth season as an assistant coach at South Carolina. He was hired in September of 2007 after spending the previous three seasons in the same capacity at West Virginia University. Steve is primarily responsible for coaching the freestyle sprinters.
Under Steketee's guidance, the Gamecock sprinters have made strides over the past five seasons. This past season, senior Bridget Halligan swam the fourth-fastest 50 freestyle in school history with a 22.83 at the SEC Championships. Halligan also clocked a 50.30 in the 100 free, the fifth-best time in Carolina annals. Halligan's time of 54.55 in the 100 butterfly was also a top-10 mark at Carolina as she now ranks fourth.
In 2009, Sharntelle McLean broke a long-standing school record in the 50 freestyle with a 22.65, eclipsing the 21-year-old record previously set by Dana Dutcher in 1988. Steketee also helped McLean prepare for the 2008 Beijing Olympics, where she represented her home country of Trinidad & Tobago.
In 2007, the WVU men's swimming and diving team was ranked as high as 17th in the CSCAA Dual Meet Poll and finished 20th at the NCAA Championships. During his time at WVU, Steketee helped guide nine swimmers to numerous All-American awards. Before coaching at WVU, Steketee spent one season at the University of Denver where his responsibilities included workout design and implementation, stroke analysis, recruiting, and organizing the inaugural swim camp.
Steketee graduated from Northwestern University in 2001 with a B.A. in political science and philosophy. Swimming for the Wildcats, Steketee was a Big Ten champion and All-American Honorable Mention in the 200 freestyle. He was also a three-year captain and 2000 Olympic Trials qualifier. He is married to the former Abby Meadema, also an assistant coach for the Gamecocks.