Shannon Stephens was appointed Assistant Athletic Director for Academic Services on September 8, 2004. He is a Cal Poly alumnus (1997) and a former standout pitcher for the Mustangs baseball program (1992-1995).
Stephens and his professional academic staff are responsible for providing academic services and monitoring the academic progress of 20 NCAA Division I teams (550 student-athletes). He and his staff strive to provide the necessary services for all athletes to be successful.
“There is nothing more gratifying than building a team of committed professionals who collaborate, develop and follow through on ideas that help young men and women reach their full potential.”
Prior to his Cal Poly appointment, Stephens was an Academic Counselor in the UCLA Athletics Department from 2001-04. He was an Academic Coordinator at Cal State Dominguez Hills from 1999-2001 and was also the Assistant Baseball Coach for the Toros for three seasons.
Stephens, a 1991 Arroyo Grande High School graduate, was a four-year baseball letterman at Cal Poly from 1992-95, earning 20 victories (tied for No. 6 all-time on Cal Poly's career wins list). He also had eight career saves, No. 4 all-time, and struck out 208 batters, seventh on the list. He helped lead his team to the Division II World Series in both 1992 (third-place finish) and 1993 (second-place finish). He was the Mustangs' team captain in 1994 and 1995 and was part of Cal Poly’s transition from Division II to Division I athletics in 1995.
Stephens was selected by the Florida Marlins in the professional baseball draft of 1995 and played in their minor league system until he was released in 1998. He was a New York-Penn League all-star in 1995 and Midwest League all-star in 1996.
Stephens earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Social Sciences from Cal Poly in 1997 and his Master's Degree in Higher Education from Cal State Dominguez Hills in January 2001.
He is a member of the National Athletic Academic Advisors Association (N4A) and the National Academic Advisors Association (NACADA).
Stephens and his wife Lisa, also a Cal Poly grad (1997), have two boys, Tyler and Casey. He and his family reside in Arroyo Grande.