SIU student-athletes earn four spots for second-consecutive season
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 responsible for the daily oversight of the SIU men's basketball team’s academics, working individual with each student-athlete.
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 worked directly with football student-athletes as the Assistant Athletic Director from 2001-2010. Under her direction, the football team was honored twice for earning the highest team GPA in the Missouri Valley Football Conference (MVFC) and have also been recognized twice for having the most improved APR in the MVFC. Stepps dedication and supervision has also resulted in higher graduation rates and GPAs among student-athletes than the general student population. Currently, 64% of SIU student-athletes maintain a cumulative GPA of 3.00 or better while the departmental cumulative GPA is 3.176, the highest over the past 20 years.
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.