Jerry Steele played basketball at Wake Forest from 1958 to 1961. After completing his master’s degree at the University of North Carolina, Steele took over a struggling basketball program at Guilford College in 1962. Following a 5-20 record his first year, Steele led the Quakers to two conference titles, four district championships and made four appearances in the NAIA National Tournament in Kansas City. In 1969-70, Steele guided Guilford to 29 consecutive wins and a 32-5 record while finishing fourth in the nation. In 1970, Steele took a job as assistant coach with the American Basketball Association’s Carolina Cougars and became head coach midway through the season. In 1972, Steele became the head coach at High Point College. In 31 seasons, Steele became the school’s all-time winningest coach with a record of 458-412. His overall collegiate coaching record was 609-486. Steele was inducted into the NAIA Hall of Fame and the North Carolina Sports Hall of Fame. The Jerry and Kitty Steele Center at High Point University is named in honor of Coach Steele and his wife.