Steph is a 3-year varsity letter winner for Bartlett who helped the team to finish runner-up in the 2012 IHSA 4A State Championship her senior year, while also being selected as a middle infielder for the Fox Valley East All-Star Team. With a passion for hitting, Steph batted .313 with 3 homeruns and 21 RBI as a senior, .395 as a junior, and .434 as a sophomore – allowing her to commit to play at Lewis University early in her high school career. Unfortunately, her time playing softball was cut short due to a career-ending injury her freshman year; this led her to transfer to Loyola University Chicago where she received her Bachelor’s in Exercise Science.
Steph became a Certified Personal Trainer in 2014 and worked as an Exercise Physiologist for 4 years post-graduation, gaining experience in training all age and athletic levels.
She currently holds specialization certifications in Sports Performance, Therapeutic Exercise, and Fitness Nutrition.
Her coaching career began as a 12u travel softball coach in Elmhurst
before accepting a position to work for the Chicago White Sox where she spent 5 years
After deciding to return to coaching, Steph became the JV baseball Hitting Coach at Loyola Academy for the 2020-2021 season and continued as the Hitting Coach
during the varsity summer league.
As a lifelong learner, Steph graduated with her Master’s in Public Health in 2020 from Grand Canyon University and is exploring different avenues to pursue her PhD in Performance and Sports Psychology. She currently works full-time in Rehabilitation Outcomes Research at the Shirley Ryan Ability Lab, formerly known as the Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago.