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“Mr. Basketball” Returns to Alma Mater, John Carroll

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John Carroll Catholic High School’s new Athletic Director Ronald Steel with JCCHS Principal Dr. Joe O’Toole. “Our vision for John Carroll is to maintain a strong community of excellence, and Coach Steele projects this in the most effective way,” says Dr. Toole.

Mr. Basketball, Player of the Year, Most Valuable Player, All-SEC, All-American, Basketball Professional, and High School Basketball Coach – all are titles that John Carroll Catholic High School (JCCHS) alumnus (2004) Ronald Steele has earned throughout his athletic career. Now, he assumes the title and role of John Carroll Catholic High School Athletic Director. “Coach Steele not only has an exceptional insight into athletics, but an interest in shaping the lives to help our students to succeed in life, and that is the most important part of our mission here at John Carroll,” said JCCHS Pres., Rev. Robert Sullivan.

Steele held the title of “Mr. Basketball” for two consecutive years, one of which he led the Cavaliers to an undefeated season. He also lettered 4 years in football and was named an All-State Football Player. He continued to play basketball at The University of Alabama where he led the Tide to the NCAA Tournament in 2005 and 2006 and is still the school’s all-time free throw percentage leader (88 percent). Following graduation, he played professional basketball overseas before returning home to use his talents in coaching young people at John Carroll and Cornerstone School. When the Athletic Director position became available at his alma mater, he says he knew it was meant to be. “My goal for the Cavalier’s high school and middle school athletic programs is for every student to not only obtain physical athletic success, but to also experience personal and spiritual growth through the character, leadership and discipline philosophies we instill.” †

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