|Title:||Joel E. Smilow '54 Defensive Coordinator - Defensive Backs|
|Recruiting Areas:||Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, Wisconsin|
Steven Vashel, who has coached football at seven different schools in the Northeast and is a graduate of Springfield College, finished his fifth season as defensive backs coach in 2016. He took over as defensive coordinator in the spring of 2014.
He coached the team MVP (Jason Alessi) and an all-league selection (Dale Harris) last fall. A pair of Eli backs earned All-Ivy honors in 2015 including first-team selection Spencer Rymiszewski and honorable mention pick Cole Champion.
Vashel spent three years (2009 to 2011) as the defensive backs coach at the University of Maine, where his charges led the Colonial Athletic Association in pass defense in 2011. Two of his former players, Jerron McMillian (4th rd draft, Packers) and Trevor Coston (free agent, Bears), were signed by NFL teams.
He worked with the DBs and kickers at Bucknell for three seasons, from 2006 to 2008. The Lewisburg, Pa., work followed a seven-year (1999-2005) stint as defensive coordinator and recruiting coordinator at Bates College.
Vashel also worked at King’s College (1995-98), Harvard (1994), Springfield (1992-93) and Trinity (1991), while getting his master’s degree in sports management from Springfield in 1994.
Vashel and his wife, Cathy, have two sons, Ethan and Cole.