DURHAM – Duke Field Hockey and Head Coach Pam bustin are delighted to welcome Sammi Steele on the program, as a volunteer assistant for the 2021 campaign.
“This is an exciting day for Duke field hockey as we have the incredible opportunity to welcome a Blue Devil forever to the Sammi Steele campus,” said Bustin. Since graduation, Sammi has remained closed to the program, helping with video and coding throughout last season. When the volunteer assistant position became available, it was clear to me that Sammi was the first choice. His incredible playing experience and knowledge of our defensive principles will undoubtedly contribute to the strength and growth of our backfield. His attention to goaltending detail and ability to train with our three motivated goalkeepers should keep everyone alive and ready to play. Sammi’s love and commitment to the Duke field hockey program are welcome forces of energy to our intense training and competition program. “
Steele, who graduated in 2020, was a veteran Blue Devils goaltender from 2016 to 2019. She started all 84 games of her career, finishing 62-22 and 25 shutouts. Steele ranks third in Duke history in career goals against average (1.32), fifth in saves (269) and 15th in save percentage (0.706).
“I’m super excited to be joining the team as a coach this time!” Steele said. “Knowing the team culture will be a definite advantage for me to be able to jump right into the role. I can’t wait to be back and help the program in a new way and I’m so excited to see what this season has in store! “
She has been selected three times to the NFHCA Region First Team and has won All-ACC honors three times, including the First Team in 2019. Steele has been named the NFHCA National Defensive Player of the Week three times and has been the ACC defensive four times. Honored Player of the Week. A model student-athlete, Steele has been a five-time member of the ACC Honor Roll while also being named four times to the All-ACC Academic Team and the NFHCA National Academic Team.
Steele graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in Visual Arts in 2019 before earning her Masters of Management in 2020. Since graduating, Steele has worked at Rewriting the Code in Durham.
Duke opens his 2021 campaign against Rutgers on Friday, August 27. The game is scheduled for 6 p.m. at Williams Field at Jack Katz Stadium.