Student-athletes recorded a combined 3.06 GPA for the fall term.
SIU student-athletes earn four spots for second-consecutive season
Update June 16, 2014
Kristina Therriault Stepps has provided academic assistance to Saluki student-athletes since 1995 and serves as Associate Athletic Director overseeing Student Services and Student Academic Affairs programs. She also supervises the daily operation of the Troutt-Wittmann Academic Center and is the primary advisor for baseball, men's basketball and football.
Prior to her current position, Stepps was the academic advisor for Saluki student-athletes from 1995-2001, Coordinator of Student Services from 2001-2005 and Assistant Athletic Director from 2001-2010. During her career at SIU, she has helped hundreds of student-athletes, such as NFL stars Bart Scott and Deji Karim earn their bachelor degrees.
Stepps dedication and supervision has resulted in higher graduation rates and GPAs among student-athletes than the general student population. The graduation rate for student-athletes who compete at SIU for four years is 92 percent while the current departmental GPA is a 3.152.
A native of Menominee, Michigan, Stepps received both her bachelor's and master's degree from Central Michigan University. While completing her master's, she worked with the academic support staff at CMU and also served as an intern with the University of Kentucky Athletics Department's Center for Academic and Tutorial Services (CATS).
Stepps is a member of the National Association of Academic Advisors for Athletics and a graduate of the NACWAA/HERS Institute for Administrative Advancement. She was also the 2006 recipient of the Outstanding Service Award from SIU's Department of Health Education and Recreation, an award for her contributions and devotion to recreation students, alumni and faculty.
Stepps resides in Carbondale with her husband, Travis.