Stepps coached outside linebackers in 2014 and 2015. Previously, he coached the secondary. Thirteen of his players have earned All-Conference accolades, including All-Americans Craig Turner and Korey Lindsey.
Most recently, Brandon Williams earned All-MVFC honors after leading the team and ranking in the top-10 in the MVFC in both sacks and tackles for loss. Williams earned MVFC Defensive Player of the Week after he had seven tackles, a sack, 1.5 tackles for loss, a forced fumble and a blocked kick in SIU's 34-13 win over No. 10 Liberty.
In 2010, Lindsey received the FCS Elite Defensive Back Award from the College Football Performance Awards, recognizing him as the top performer at the cornerback position based upon his cumulative performance among all Division I FCS cornerbacks in 2008 and 2009. In addition to those awards, Lindsey was a finalist in 2010 for the Buck Buchanan Award that goes to the top defensive player in the FCS. Under Stepps' tutelage, Lindsey was a three-time All-MVFC selection and finished his career ranked third in school history in career interceptions (14) and ninth in pass breakups (16).
Stepps' secondaries have ranked among the nation's leaders in interceptions. In 2009, the Saluki defense was second nationally with 23 picks. In 2008, Southern ranked 22nd with 16 interceptions. The Salukis have also returned 12 interceptions for touchdowns in the past six seasons under Stepps' watch. SIU ranked No. 3 in the conference in interceptions in 2011.
Prior to joining the Southern Illinois coaching staff, Stepps spent two seasons on the staff at Washburn University. As a player, he was a two-time All-American defensive back at Pittsburg State. The Fort Scott, Kan. native earned a bachelor's degree in social studies and education from Pittsburg State and a master's degree in sports management from Southern Illinois.
He and his wife, Kristina, reside in Carbondale and were married following the 2012 season.