The 2015/16 season, Steve's 15th year at the helm of the Heat women's volleyball program, was the program's most successful in the five years competing in the CIS. Steve captured both conference and national coach of the year honours and his team won a record number of Canada West regular season matches (22). Hosting the Final Four for the first time ever the Heat would finish second and qualify for their first-ever trip to a national championship. In Brandon the Heat finished with a national bronze medal sweeping the Thunderbirds for the trip to the podium.
In his four of his first five years in Canada West he has guided his squad to the playoffs and for three consecutive season he guided his team into the Canada West championship round.
In 2012/13 he collected Coach of the Year honours in both Canada West and CIS. He looks to continue to build upon the accomplishments the team has achieved and keep going forward this season.
After many seasons of being so very close, the Heat went all the way in 2008-09, winning both the BCCAA Provincial Championship and going on to win the CCAA National Title. If there could be one thing better than winning a national championship, it is winning it twice, a feat Steve accomplished in 2009/10 as he went back to back in winning both the provincial and national gold medal. "2008/09 everything came together down the stretch, it was the end result of many years of hard work."
In search of a three-peat, he lead the team to yet another Gold medal at the Provincial Championships. The team, however, was eventually eliminated from contention for a medal at the National Championships.
Another reward for the years of hard work that Steve and the team have put in is the opportunity to compete in the CIS for the first time this 2011/12 season.
Steve is no stranger to volleyball in the Okanagan. From 1996-2008, he was Volleyball BC's Okanagan Regional Coach and High Performance director. In his spare time he enjoys getting back to his roots and visiting family and friends in New Brunswick. Steve and his wife Leanne have a five-year-old son, Sébastien.
His career highlights also include:
- CIS Coach of the Year - 2015
- Canada West Coach of the Year - 2015
- CIS Coach of the Year - 2013
- Canada West Coach of the Year - 2013
- BCCAA National Champions 2011
- CCAA National Champions 2010
- BCCAA Provincial Champions - 2010
- CCAA Coach of the Year for all sports - 2009
- CCAA National Champions - 2009
- BCCAA Provincial Champions - 2009
- CCAA National Bronze Medalist - 2008
- CCAA Volleyball Coach of the Year - 2008 & 2011
- BCCAA Coach of the Year - 2002, 2005, 2008, 2009 & 2011
- Assistant coach 19U Team BC Women, Canada Games – 2005
- Assistant coach 18U Team BC Women; bronze medal at NTCC – 2004
- Team staff 21U Team Canada Men, World Championships in Tehran, Iran – 2003
- BCCAA Coach or the Year – 2002
- Event organizer NORCECA Championship & World Championship Qualifier – 2002
- Assistant coach 19U Team BC Men, Canada Games gold medal – 2001
- Head coach K-Roos 18U Women, BC bronze medal and fifth at Nationals – 2000 and 2001
- Guest coach Team Canada Senior Women – 1998
- Assistant coach University of New Brunswick Men – 1994–96
- Executive director, Volleyball New Brunswick – 1994–96
Steve Manuel's Coaching Record
|Year||Team||Overall||League||Playoff||Season Finish||Playoff Finish|
|2015/16||15||Heat||34||4||.895||22||2||.909||3||2||.667||1st (CW)||2nd (CW), 3rd (CIS)|
|2014/15||14||Heat||25||9||.735||19||5||.792||2||2||.500||1st-tied (CW)||4th (CW)|
|2013/14||13||Heat||22||13||.629||12||10||.545||2||2||.500||7th (CW)||4th (CW)|
|2012/13||12||Heat||18||12||.600||15||7||.682||0||2||.000||3rd (CW)||QF (CW)|
|2010/11||10||Heat||22||8||.733||13||1||.929||4||2||.667||1st (BCCAA)||1st (BCCAA), 4th (CCAA)|
|2009/10||9||Heat||21||1||.955||16||0||1.000||5||0||1.000||1st (BCCAA)||1st (BCCAA), 1st (CCAA)|
|2008/09||8||Heat||21||6||.778||14||2||.875||5||0||1.000||1st (BCCAA)||1st (BCCAA), 1st (CCAA)|
|2007/08||7||Lakers||28||9||.757||16||2||.889||4||2||.667||2nd (BCCAA)||2nd (BCCAA), 3rd (CCAA)|
|2006/07||6||Lakers||25||9||.735||13||3||.813||2||1||.667||3rd (BCCAA)||2nd (BCCAA)|
|2005/06||5||Lakers||25||8||.758||13||3||.813||1||1||.500||2nd (BCCAA)||3rd (BCCAA)|
|2004/05||4||Lakers||22||7||.759||18||2||.900||2||3||.400||1st (BCCAA)||2nd (BCCAA), 6th (CCAA)|
|2002/03||2||Lakers||20||13||.606||10||8||.556||0||2||.000||6th (BCCAA)||6th (BCCAA)|
|2001/02||1||Lakers||12||9||.571||10||8||.556||2||1||.667||5th (BCCAA)||2nd (BCCAA)|