"For over 41 years, Coach Steele has been an inspiration to all students attending University of Lynchburg through her prominence and leadership. These credentials are also reflected throughout the Lynchburg community where her student-athletes volunteer in an array of activities. Through coaching and as a professor, she has found real success in the work that she loves and well deserves this recognition."
— Jennifer Releford, assistant coach, University of Lynchburg
"Coach Steele’s induction into the NFHCA Hall of Fame is a testament to the legacy of championship teams and players she has developed over the years. Coach Steele is the ultimate competitor, strategist, teacher, and mentor. She always went above and beyond. She taught me the value of trust, loyalty, hard work, and demanded excellence. She balanced that with a good van conversation when traveling to a game, asking about your family and always found a way to connect.
Her mentoring did not stop after college. As I embarked on my field hockey and lacrosse coaching journey, Coach Steele was there every step of the way to listen to my struggles, share a new play, challenge me, and encouraged me.
Coach Steele is an amazing women, leader, Icon, mother, coach, and friend to so many. Her journey has touched multiple decades of women’s lives. I am so proud to be an alumna of Lynchburg and watch her legacy live on. More than 600 wins is an unreal professional accomplishment and so is the way she’s transformed so many of our lives. I am honored to still call her coach and I am blessed to call her friend. Congratulations Coach! I love you!"
— Mindy McCord (Manolovich), head women’s lacrosse coach, Jacksonville University
"I think the 2019 season was a true testament to why Coach Steele is a Hall of Fame coach. In many of our highly competitive games, we were typically the underdog team that she believed in and found the way to make the team believe in themselves too. That belief led to an incredible run in the NCAA tournament. She wants to play those top level, ranked teams despite their rank or record, because she believes in the hard work, skill, and dedication of her team. She works tirelessly to prepare her team so that they can earn a seat at the table. As a player for her, this type of mindset made me someone who is up for the challenge and pushes myself to achieve my goals. As a current coach for her, I am learning to see how many aspects there are to the job that are just as challenging as actually being on the field — and she does it remarkably. Her many years of commitment to her job will leave an everlasting impact on Lynchburg Field Hockey. Her love for the sport and eagerness to give back to the field hockey community make her the Hall of Fame legend that she is. It’s been an honor to be a small part of her journey and I am happy for her to receive this award that she is so deserving of."
Hannah Krause, assistant coach, University of Lynchburg
NFHCA Hall of Fame — Class of 2019
"Cindi created and cultivated the sport of field hockey for years in Upstate New York — across several generations, at various levels, and at multiple institutions. She's the truest kind of teacher of the game and has left an indelible and practically unattainable mark on our sport."
Tarah Christenson, head coach, Nazareth College
“A leader at the highest level of Division III field hockey, Cindi has been successful on and off the field for over 20 years. She has elevated our game and the coaching abilities of those around her. Her contributions have been tremendous and although she is retired, her impact continues to be felt.”
Kelly Harchetts, head coach, Union College