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
The newest member of the North Dakota coaching staff is Travis Stepps, who will tutor the team's defensive backs in 2016. Stepps arrived in Grand Forks in time to work with his new position group for spring practices.

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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