Steph Christner is in her sixth year as assistant softball coach.
A 2005 graduate of William Penn, Christner returned to her alma mater in the summer of 2006 after serving as head softball coach at Ashford University the previous spring.
Christner began her impressive collegiate career at Indian Hills Community College before moving on to NCAA Division I Michigan State for another year. While she had considerable success at her two previous schools, Christner peaked in her time at William Penn. In becoming one of the top pitchers in the NAIA, she guided her 2005 squad to the school's first-ever national tournament appearance.
Among her accolades in the pitching circle, Christner was named an NFCA First-Team All-American in 2005. The MCC's Co-Pitcher of the Year that spring, she also took home two all-Midwest Collegiate Conference awards in 2004 and 2005. She broke several school records in both pitching and hitting, including strikeouts in a season (354) and career (644), wins in a season (28), pitching starts in a season (36), innings pitched in a season (247), and hits in a season (79).
She has accumulated a mountain of success as a head coach as well, leading Cardinal of Eldon HS to back-to-back Class 1A state championships in 2003 and 2004. Her 2005 team also reached the state tournament, finishing in eighth place.
Christner also assists in the transportation department at William Penn and spends her summers as the head softball coach at Knoxville HS.