Lenin Steenkamp

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Lenin Steenkamp
Personal information
Date of birth (1969-09-09) 9 September 1969 (age 47)
Place of birth Durban, South Africa
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Youth career
1989–1992 College of Boca Raton
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1992 Boca Raton Sabres
1993 Club Boca Raton
1994 Fort Lauderdale Strikers 1 (0)
1994 Carolina Vipers (loan) 3 (1)
1995–1996 Atlanta Ruckus 29 (10)
1995–1996 Tampa Bay Terror (indoor) 36 (25)
1996–2005 Rochester Rhinos 219 (35)
1997 Buffalo Blizzard (indoor) 13 (2)
Teams managed
2003– Rochester Rhinos (assistant)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Lenin Steenkamp (born 9 September 1969 in Durban, South Africa) is a retired South African football player who spent his entire career in the United States.


In 1989, Steenkamp entered the College of Boca Raton on a soccer scholarship. Steenkamp was a 1989, 1991 and 1992 First Team NAIA All American soccer player.[1][2][3] In 1989 and 1990, Boca Raton finished runner-up in the NAIA national men's soccer championship. In 1991, the school changed its name to Lynn University and the soccer team won the NAIA national championship. Steenkamp scored both goals in the final and was the tournament MVP.[4] Steenkamp graduated in 1993 and is a member of the Lynn University Athletic Hall of Fame.[5]


During the 1992 college off-season, Steenkamp played for the Boca Raton Sabres of the USISL.[6] In 1993, Steenkamp played for the amateur Club Boca Rotan.[7] This brought him to the attention of the Fort Lauderdale Strikers who signed him for the 1994 American Professional Soccer League season. He missed the first nine games of the season because of visa problems.[8] Then, in July and August 1994, the Strikers sent him on loan to the Carolina Vipers of the Continental Indoor Soccer League.[9] In 1995, he moved to the Atlanta Ruckus.[10] In October 1995, Steenkamp signed with the Tampa Bay Terror of the National Professional Soccer League. He was named to the 1995–1996 All Rookie Team.[11] Steenkamp began the 1996 A-League season with the Ruckus, but was traded to the Montreal Impact in June 1996 despite leading the team with nine goals. The Impact then sent him to the Rochester Rhinos.[12] Steenkamp remained with the Rhinos until his retirement.[13] However, he continued to play indoor soccer, signing with the Buffalo Blizzard in January 1997 and played through the end of the season.[14]

In 2003, Steenkamp became an assistant coach with the Rhinos.

Inaugural Member of Rochester Rhinos Hall of Fame[edit]

On 28 July 2011, the Rochester Rhinos announced that Steenkamp would be the first member to be inducted to the new Rhinos Hall of Fame in a ceremony that took place at halftime during the 5 August 2011 match at Sahlen's Stadium. Steenkamp is the all-time leader in games (268) and minutes played (21,613) for the Rochester Rhinos.[15]


  1. ^ 1989 NAIA All Americans
  2. ^ 1991 NAIA All Americans
  3. ^ 1992 NAIA All Americans
  4. ^ Steenkamp, Lynn Win Naia Soccer Title
  5. ^ Lynn University Hall of Fame Archived 25 July 2011 at the Wayback Machine.
  6. ^ Local Talent Is Focus for Sabres
  7. ^ "GOALIE GETS OFF WORK EARLY, LEADS TOPEZ TO VICTORY" Miami Herald Sunday, 14 March 1993
  8. ^ Slumping Strikers Add Offensive Firepower
  9. ^ 16 August 1994 Transactions
  10. ^ 1995 Atlanta Ruckus Stats
  11. ^ "Steenkamp named to all-rookie squad" The Tampa Tribune Saturday, 4 May 1996
  12. ^ Rhinos Steenkamp To Assume Role Of Player – Coach In 2003
  13. ^ "Steenkamp 11 fall to Rhinos in exhibition". Rochester Rhinos. 25 June 2006. Retrieved 19 June 2008. [dead link]
  15. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 16 October 2011. Retrieved 2011-08-01. 

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