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Ben Steele
Tight Ends Coach

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Ben Steele begins his first season as tight ends coach in 2017, after spending the previous three seasons as offensive quality control coach with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Steele will be taking over a unit that features tight end Cameron Brate, who tied for the NFL lead in touchdown catches by a tight end, with eight, which matched the highest mark ever by a Buccaneers tight end (Jimmie Giles, 1985). Brate was second on the team in both receptions (57) and receiving yards (660), both of which ranked in the top 10 in Buccaneers history for tight ends.

The 2016 season saw Steele assisting a Buccaneer offense that gained 5,542 net yards (346.4 per game), the third-most in a single season in team history, while averaging 22.1 points per game, the fourth-highest mark in franchise history. The team also gained 340 first downs, the second-highest total in a single season in team history, while converting 43.9 percent of third down attempts, which established a new franchise record and was the sixth-highest mark in the NFL.

In 2015, Steele assisted with an offense that set the franchise record for total yards (6,014 – 357.0 per game), while posting the second-most rushing yards (2,162 – 135.1 per game) and second-most passing yards (3,852 – 240.8 per game), along with the fifth-most total points (342 – 21.4 per game). Tampa Bay ranked fifth in the NFL in yards per game (375.9), fifth in rushing yards per game (135.1) and second in the league in rush average (4.75). It marked the first time in franchise history that the Buccaneers have finished in the top five in total offense.

Steele joined the team following a season as tight ends coach and recruiting coordinator for UC-Davis (2013). Prior to his time with the Aggies, Steele spent two seasons (2011-12) at the University of California, as an administrative assistant for Cal’s offensive staff. He also worked two years with the University of Colorado as an operations and recruiting assistant (2009) and graduate assistant (2010), as well as spending a year at his alma mater, Mesa State (now known as Colorado Mesa) as an offensive assistant coach (2008).

Steele played professionally from 2001-07 with the San Francisco 49ers, Oakland Raiders, Minnesota Vikings, Seattle Seahawks, Green Bay Packers and Houston Texans. He joined the NFL following two seasons at Mesa State where he was an All-Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference honoree. He spent his first two collegiate seasons at Fort Lewis College prior to transferring to Mesa State.

Steele graduated with a bachelor’s degree in mass communications, with an emphasis in broadcasting and received master’s credit in 2006 while attending the NFL’s Executive Business Program at the Harvard Business School. He is married to Rachel. The couple have two daughters, Cora and Elise.

STEELE AT A GLANCE

YEARS

POSITION

1997-98

Fort Lewis College, Player

1999-2000

Mesa State, Player

2001-02

San Francisco 49ers, Player

2002

Oakland Raiders, Player

2003

Seattle Seahawks, Player

2003-04

Minnesota Vikings, Player

2004-05

Green Bay Packers, Player

2006-07

Houston Texans, Player

2008

Mesa State, Offensive Assistant

2009

Colorado, Operations and Recruiting Assistant

2010

Colorado, Graduate Assistant

2011-12

California, Offensive Administrative Assistant

2013

UC Davis, Tight Ends Coach and Recruiting Coordinator

2014-

Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Offensive Quality Control Coach

Ben Steele begins his first season as tight ends coach in 2017, after spending the previous three seasons as offensive quality control coach with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Steele will be taking over a unit that features tight end Cameron Brate, who tied for the NFL lead in touchdown catches by a tight end, with eight, which matched the highest mark ever by a Buccaneers tight end (Jimmie Giles, 1985). Brate was second on the team in both receptions (57) and receiving yards (660), both of which ranked in the top 10 in Buccaneers history for tight ends.

The 2016 season saw Steele assisting a Buccaneer offense that gained 5,542 net yards (346.4 per game), the third-most in a single season in team history, while averaging 22.1 points per game, the fourth-highest mark in franchise history. The team also gained 340 first downs, the second-highest total in a single season in team history, while converting 43.9 percent of third down attempts, which established a new franchise record and was the sixth-highest mark in the NFL.

In 2015, Steele assisted with an offense that set the franchise record for total yards (6,014 – 357.0 per game), while posting the second-most rushing yards (2,162 – 135.1 per game) and second-most passing yards (3,852 – 240.8 per game), along with the fifth-most total points (342 – 21.4 per game). Tampa Bay ranked fifth in the NFL in yards per game (375.9), fifth in rushing yards per game (135.1) and second in the league in rush average (4.75). It marked the first time in franchise history that the Buccaneers have finished in the top five in total offense.

Steele joined the team following a season as tight ends coach and recruiting coordinator for UC-Davis (2013). Prior to his time with the Aggies, Steele spent two seasons (2011-12) at the University of California, as an administrative assistant for Cal’s offensive staff. He also worked two years with the University of Colorado as an operations and recruiting assistant (2009) and graduate assistant (2010), as well as spending a year at his alma mater, Mesa State (now known as Colorado Mesa) as an offensive assistant coach (2008).

Steele played professionally from 2001-07 with the San Francisco 49ers, Oakland Raiders, Minnesota Vikings, Seattle Seahawks, Green Bay Packers and Houston Texans. He joined the NFL following two seasons at Mesa State where he was an All-Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference honoree. He spent his first two collegiate seasons at Fort Lewis College prior to transferring to Mesa State.

Steele graduated with a bachelor’s degree in mass communications, with an emphasis in broadcasting and received master’s credit in 2006 while attending the NFL’s Executive Business Program at the Harvard Business School. He is married to Rachel. The couple have two daughters, Cora and Elise.

STEELE AT A GLANCE

YEARS

POSITION

1997-98

Fort Lewis College, Player

1999-2000

Mesa State, Player

2001-02

San Francisco 49ers, Player

2002

Oakland Raiders, Player

2003

Seattle Seahawks, Player

2003-04

Minnesota Vikings, Player

2004-05

Green Bay Packers, Player

2006-07

Houston Texans, Player

2008

Mesa State, Offensive Assistant

2009

Colorado, Operations and Recruiting Assistant

2010

Colorado, Graduate Assistant

2011-12

California, Offensive Administrative Assistant

2013

UC Davis, Tight Ends Coach and Recruiting Coordinator

2014-

Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Offensive Quality Control Coach