Coach Gus Malzahn turned to a veteran defensive coordinator with SEC coaching experience to take over for Will Muschamp, who left Auburn to become head coach at South Carolina.
Steele, the defensive coordinator at LSU, is making to move to Auburn after spending one year on the staff for Coach Les Miles. Malzahn confirmed the hire following Auburn's 31-10 Birmingham Bowl victory over Memphis on Wednesday.
"We're extremely excited to have a guy with his experience, his character, his work ethic," Malzahn said. "He'll fit in very well. He's going to take over a very talented group."
A 1981 University of Tennessee graduate who played for the Vols as well as at Furman, Steele’s first full-time coaching job was handling the linebackers at his alma mater in 1982. He moved to New Mexico State the following year to coach linebackers and from 1984-86 he worked with the linebackers and tight ends at Oklahoma State.
Steele returned to Tennessee in 1987-88 to coach defensive backs before moving to Nebraska from 1989-94 to coach linebackers.
From 1995-98 he coached linebackers in the NFL?for the Carolina Panthers before returning to college as head coach of the Baylor Bears from 1999-2002.
His next stop was Florida State where he coached linebackers from 2003-06 before moving to Alabama in 2007 where he was defensive coordinator and in 2008 linebackers coach.
From 2009-11 he coached the linebackers and coordinated Clemson’s defense before returning to Alabama where he was director of player personnel in 2013 and linebackers coach in 2014.
Steele, who attended Dillon, S.C. High, has a brother, Jeff, who works in Auburn’s athletic department in operations.