In 39 seasons, Enza Steele has established a Lynchburg field hockey program that is a conference powerhouse and a consistent NCAA top 20 team. She has accumulated an overall record of 568-222-11 at Lynchburg, second-best among active NCAA Division III coaches.
Under Steele, Lynchburg has won 18 Old Dominion Athletic Conference titles and made 19 NCAA tournament appearances. Steele has been named ODAC Coach of the Year 10 times, and earned her 500th win on Shellenberger Field with a 5-2 victory over York (Pa.) College on Sept. 21, 2013. Her 400th win at Lynchburg came via a 3-2 victory at Washington & Lee University on Oct. 23, 2007.
From 2012-16, Steele has led the Hornets to the ODAC tournament all five years, including three consecutive titles from 2012-14, while boasting a 38-1 record in conference play.
In 2011, the Hornets lost their first game of the season before reeling off 19 straight wins en route to the national quarterfinals. Playing against host institution The College of New Jersey, the Hornets dropped a heartbreaker, 3-0, to the eventual national champions.
The Hornets won both the conference regular-season and tournament titles in 2006, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, and 2014 and advanced into the NCAA Division III tournament. Her teams made the Elite 8 in 2001, 2011, and 2012. The 2007 and 2008 versions also won the conference tournament and advanced to the second round of the NCAA tournament.
The 2004 and 2005 seasons were also highly successful, as Lynchburg combined to go 31-12 overall (16-1 in the ODAC regular season), captured the regular-season conference title both years and entered the NCAA Tournament in 2005. In 2001 the Hornets enjoyed their finest season in program history to date, advancing to the NCAA Division III tournament's round of eight. Lynchburg posted a 21-2 record and won the ODAC regular-season and tournament titles. In 2002, Lynchburg again won the ODAC regular-season title with a 9-0 conference record and advanced to the NCAA tournament. The Hornets fnished 17-4 as Steele was named the All-State field hockey coach of the year.
Steele guided the Hornets to the Association of Intercollegiate Athletics for Women (AIAW) national runner-up finish in 1981. Lynchburg has also won a pair of regional titles and one Virginia State Championship under Steele. In all, her teams made three appearances at the AIAW national tournament and advanced to the finals of the ODAC tournament on 23 occasions.
Steele is also active at the national level, having served on numerous NCAA and NFHCA committees and was the developer and organizer of the Senior All-Star Game. In addition, she has served as a head coach and site director at many Olympic developmental camps. A native of Pompton Lakes, N.J., Steele received her M.S. from Ithaca College and her B.S. from William Paterson University. She currently serves as the senior women's administrator at Lynchburg and is an associate professor in the School of Health Sciences and Human Performance.