Steph started playing ultimate her freshman year of high school in Baton Rouge, La. As one of three women, she was able to assert herself as a valued member of the team. She excelled under great leadership and the encouragement of her high school teammates, channeling her gymnastic experience to make acrobatic plays on the field. Her high school experience showed her the incredible culture ultimate has to offer and led her to continue playing her freshman year at Washington University in 2014.
Even in her first year of college ultimate, Steph made a splash on the scene, earning a spot on the program’s competitive team as well as All-Freshman honors in the region. Over the last four years, she has grown her skill set on and off the field, taking on the role of captain for her final season this year while balancing an incredibly demanding academic schedule.
On the field, she is known for her quick handler movement and her game-changing layouts on O and D. Off the field, she is known for her spirit, determination and level head. She embodies what it means to sacrifice yourself for the team, leading and playing with a passion and grit that is infectious. She demands and challenges her teammates to play to their full potential. And she puts the team in front of her own needs – physically and mentally.
Being her teammate and being her coach has been an honor. She is everything that the Callahan Award represents. Her play and her leadership made this the most successful season in the program’s recent history, and there is no one more deserving of this recognition and nomination.View Nominee Video