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M Football Coaching Staff
Travis Stepps
Assistant Coach - Defensive Backs
Coach Info:
Position: Assistant Coach - Defensive Backs
Alma Mater: Pittsburg State
Graduating Year: 2001
Phone: 701-777-2229
Email: travis.stepps@athletics.und.edu
Travis Stepps will begin his second season at the University of North Dakota in 2017 after churning out a pair of All-Americans during his first campaign in Grand Forks. The Fighting Hawks' defensive backs coach saw juniors Cole Reyes (safety) and Deion Harris (cornerback) collect the honors after helping UND record 20 interceptions in 2016 -- a total that tied for second in the FCS.

Reyes was also named the FCS ADA Defensive Back of the Year and Big Sky Defensive Player of the Year, helping a unit rank among the tops in the Big Sky in scoring defense (1st; 22.0 ppg), rush defense (91.3 ypg) and total defense (2nd; 355.2 ypg). 

The Fort Scott, Kan., native is coming off a 12-year stint at Southern Illinois, which included eight seasons under former UND head coach Dale Lennon. Stepps is also quite familliar with his new head coach Bubba Schweigert, who was the defensive coordinator at SIU for six of those seasons, while Stepps was the defensive backs coach in Carbondale.

During his dozen seasons at SIU, Stepps worked with several different defensive groups, including the linemen, outside linebackers and defensive backs. Under his watch, 13 SIU players earned All-Missouri Valley Conference honors and Craig Turner and Korey Lindsey earned All-America honors. 

After Schweigert's departure, Stepps switched position groups and worked with the outside linebackers in 2014 and 2015.

In 2009, the Saluki defense was second nationally with 23 interceptions. Stepps' defensive backs also returned 12 interceptions for touchdowns throughout his coaching tenure in Carbondale.

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. He 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 were married following the 2012 football season.

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