Traylor, Steve


Steve is a rarity. This athletic standout, who started all four years in football and baseball and two years in basketball, earned 12 varsity letters as a student-athlete at Otterbein. Steve earned All-Ohio Athletic Conference honors and served as team captain in all three sports. He was selected team MVP in each. Steve, a guard, captained the 1973 OAC championship men’s basketball team. The former wide receiver and kick returner was also selected to the 1972 All-Ohio Shrine Bowl. Steve earned an NCAA postgraduate scholarship and attended The Ohio State University where he earned his master’s degree. Steve, who spent three seasons as an assistant football coach at Otterbein (1973-76) and three seasons as head basketball coach and athletic director at Greensboro College (1976-79), built his reputation as head baseball coach at Florida Atlantic University (1980-87) before solidifying it at Duke University. He compiled 356 wins as head baseball coach at Duke over 12 seasons from 1987 to 1999 to become the second winningest baseball coach in Duke history. He was named Atlantic Coast Conference Coach of the Year in 1992. Steve moved to Wofford College in 1999, serving as head baseball coach until his retirement from coaching in 2007 ranked as the 35th winningest active coach in NCAA Division I. That year, his team won the Southern Conference championship and advanced to the NCAA Division I regionals. Steve remains at Wofford, serving as director of intramurals and recreation.