Chris Mack was introduced as Louisville's new head basketball coach just three days ago. Mack had been at Xavier since 2009 and led the Musketeers deep into the NCAA Tournament on multiple occasions.
Travis Steele had served as the team's associate head coach since 2015 and has been with Xavier for the past 10 seasons. On Saturday it was announced that Steele would be the next head coach for the Musketeers.
“As we completed our national search process, it became clear that the best head coach for our program is the person we knew the best, Travis Steele. Travis has impacted the Xavier basketball program in a variety of ways during his time at Xavier, whether in the office, on the court or in recruiting. Travis brings passion, personality and organizational leadership skills to our head coaching position, which is really the CEO of our basketball program. He has earned a reputation as one of the brightest young offensive minds in the game and one of the future stars in this profession.”
Steele graduated from Butler University in 2004. After graduating, he spent a year with the Ohio State basketball program as a graduate manager. He was originally hired by Sean Miller to serve as Xavier's Director of Basketball Operations before switching over to an assistant coaching role.