Trent Steelman enters his third year as a member of the Jacksonville University football coaching staff in 2018.
The former United States Military Academy standout returns to his playing roots for the upcoming season, serving as the team's quarterbacks & b-backs coach. Steelman spent his first two years on the Dolphins' coaching staff as the team's wide receivers coach, and oversaw the special teams unit in his first season. Steelman also serves as the team's pro liaison, and handles all professional football scouting inquiries.
As JU's wide receivers coach in 2017, he aided the team in posting a two-win improvement from the previous campaign, posting a 7-4 overall record and a 5-3 mark in Pioneer Football League play.
Under Steelman's leadership, Jacksonville lead the PFL and ranked eighth in the Football Championship Subdivision in yards per-completion, with JU receivers gaining 16.09 yards per-catch. Specifically, wide receivers Mitchell Bailey and Nic Duch enjoyed career highs in yards and touchdowns in a single season.
Steelman's unit was particularly instrumental in The Dolphins' 54-48 triple-overtime road victory over Campbell on Oct. 28, 2017. Wide receiver Prince Gray Jr. hauled in four catches for 109 yards and a game-tying score that came in the game's second overtime, tying the contest and setting up an eventual Dolphin victory.
In his first season with the Dolphins, he coached Brian Burnett and Prince Gray to postseason honors with the former being named Second Team All-PFL and the latter given an honorable mention. Burnett also finished the 2016 season ranked seventh in the FCS in yards per catch.
Prior to JU, the Bowling Green, Ky., native accepted appointment to play football at the United States Military Academy where he became the only freshman and four-year starter in modern school history to set multiple academy records.
Steelman’s records include rushing attempts (772), rushing yards (3,320) and 100-yard rushing games (12) by a quarterback. He also broke the school record for career rushing touchdowns (45), and became the first Black Knight to both rush and pass for 2,000 yards in a career.
He earned his degree in engineering management in 2013, and was signed by the Baltimore Ravens upon graduation. His second stint with the Ravens occurred during the 2015 season, and between those two years, he served as a maintenance platoon leader in the U.S. Army.
Steelman and his wife, Elise, have a son named Brady.