Jill Steele joined the staff in the fall of 2011 as director of operations.
The Seattle, Wash., native is responsible for many of the day-to-day operations of the track and cross country teams, including administrative support, team travel and logistics. She also plays a vital role in the numerous championship-level track and field meets hosted by Oregon.
She served on the Meet Operations and Marketing committees for the 2012 Olympic Trials as well as the 2012 Pac-12 Track & Field Championships.
Prior to arriving in TrackTown USA Steele spent two years working with the University of Oklahoma's track and field teams.
She began her time with the Sooners as a graduate assistant, studying intercollegiate athletic administration, before moving into a full-time position as director of track and field operations. While earning her Master's degree from Oklahoma, Steele served as a graduate assistant with academics, where she advised and monitored student-athlete academic progress. Additionally, she mentored student-athletes with learning disabilities and international English second-language students-athletes.
She was the meet director for the 2011 Big 12 Track & Field Championships.
Steele was a member of the cross country and track and field teams at Utah State. She won the Joe E. Whitesides Scholar-Athlete Award four years in a row, from 2003 to 2006. She was named to the Western Athletic Conference all-academic team in both 2005 and 2006 and graduated from Utah State in 2006 with a degree in health, physical education and recreation.
After graduation, Steele spent one season as head cross country coach at Overlake High School in Redmond, Wash. Steele has also volunteered for the American Cancer Society as an event chairperson for its "Relay For Life" fund-raiser event.