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  Steve Eles

Steve Eles

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Sudbury, Ont.

Last College:
LSSU BS-Electrical Engineering '03, Tiffin MBA '05

Former Lake Superior State distance standout Steve Eles was named LSSU's head cross country and track coach in August, 2005.

Eles graduated from LSSU in 2003 with a BS in electrical engineering and spent two years as a graduate assistant at Tiffin University, where he earned a master of business administration degree.

Nearly three dozen LSSU track and field records have been established during Eles' tenure. Eles has coached all-America quarter-miler Adam Smith and all-conference distance runner Katie Scott, who are both academic all-Americans. The 2007 Laker men's and women's track and field teams earned national all-academic recognition, finishing 10th and 17th, respectively.

The Sudbury, Ont., native hails from the same area as LSSU's new head hockey coach, Jim Roque. Because of his Canadian roots, Eles brings extensive experience as an athlete and coach in Nordic skiing. As a runner, he won the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference 3,000-meter steeplechase title and was a national qualifier. He placed seventh in the World Championships Trials in 2003 and 12th in the Olympic Trials in 2004. He finished sixth in the 1998 Canadian Nationals and eighth in 2002.

Eles also earned All-GLIAC honors in the steeplechase, the men's 3,000 and 5,000-meter runs, and the men's 4x800-meter relay. He still holds LSSU's steeplechase record of 9:11.71.

Eles' wife, Sarah, who is finishing her exercise science degree at LSSU, is the program's chief fund-raiser. Steve and Sarah Eles have a daughter, Autumn.

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