Xavier parting ways with head coach Travis Steele after four years
Xavier announced Wednesday that it is parting ways with head men’s basketball coach Travis Steele, who has been at the helm since 2018. Steele is 70-50 overall, including an opening round NIT win yesterday.
“I want to thank Travis and his staff for their tireless efforts on behalf of the Xavier Basketball program,” AD Greg Christopher said in a statement. “Travis led the team with the utmost character and in a first-class manner. He navigated us through a difficult time with COVID and always focused on what was best for our student-athletes. I have tremendous respect for Travis, and he’s been a part of Xavier Basketball for more than a decade, playing an important role in some of the program’s greatest accomplishments. We collectively appreciate all that Travis has given to Xavier and wish him the best moving forward.”
Steele was an assistant for ten seasons at Xavier under Chris Mack before getting the head coaching job. He has finished above .500 every year and went to two NITs, but did not reach the NCAA Tournament.
“I appreciate the opportunity to lead Xavier Men’s Basketball the past four years,” said Coach Steele. “I am excited for the next chapter in my life, and I wish Xavier nothing but success.”
Associate head coach Jonas Hayes will lead the Musketeers through the rest of their run in the NIT. They host either Florida or Iona at the Cintas Center on Saturday.
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