LEXINGTON, Va. -- Washington and Lee Director of Athletics Jan Hathorn has announced the appointment of Taylor Steele and Jason Ringstad as staff members within the athletic department.
Steele joins the department as assistant men's and women's swimming coach and Ringstad will serve as assistant women’s tennis coach.
Steele comes to Washington and Lee from Angelo State University, where he earned a master of science in kinesiology in May. Since June, he had been serving as an assistant swimming coach with the West Houston Aquatics Team and as an area supervisor with Greater Houston Pool Management.
Steele’s coaching experience also includes serving as the head swimming coach for the City of Georgetown, Texas from 2010-11, and he was an assistant swimming coach for the Forest Area Swimming Team in Pflugerville, Texas for much of the same time period.
Steele was also a pool manager and water safety instructor for the City of Georgetown. He is a 2011 graduate of Southwestern University, earning a bachelor of science degree in kinesiology. He served as a captain for the Pirates’ swimming team, earning Scholar All-America honors as a senior.
Steele is a ASCA Level 1 Certified Coach who is also certified in CPR/AED and First Aid. Additionally, he is a Certified Lifeguard Instructor and a Certified Water Safety Instructor.
Ringstad will be the new assistant women’s tennis coach after serving as the interim head women’s tennis coach at the University of California-Santa Cruz during the 2012-13 school year. Ringstad led the Banana Slugs to a 10-8 overall record and a No. 14 ranking in the final Division III poll. His team advanced to the second round of the NCAA Tournament, while three players qualified for the NCAA Individual Championships. During his time at UC-Santa Cruz, Ringstad also assisted the sports information department and he has served as a counselor for the Nike Tennis Camps since 2012.
Ringstad was an assistant tennis coach at Stevens Institute of Technology after graduating from there in 2011 with a bachelor of science in business and technology management. He is also working towards a master of business administration in technology management at Stevens.
As an undergraduate, Ringstad was a four-year starter for the Ducks, serving as a team captain and graduating second on the school’s all-time wins list. He was a first team all-conference selection as a sophomore, and a second team honoree his final two years.