Title: Theodore Katula Director of Athletics and Recreational Sports
Degrees: B.S., Ohio University, 1996; M.S., Northeastern Illinois University, 1997
Other Contact Information: 765-658-6075
Stefanie 'Stevie' Baker-Watson was named DePauw's Theodore Katula Director of Athletics and Recreational Sports in January 2012, replacing Page Cotton who served in that capactity since 1996.
She oversees 23 varsity sports which compete at the NCAA Division III level in addition to the intramural and club sports programs and is just the ninth DePauw director of athletics in the last 88 years.
"The opportunity to join DePauw University as director of athletics and recreational sports is tremendously exciting and humbling," Baker-Watson said at the time of the announcement.
"DePauw has a clear commitment to the personal success of its students - both in the classroom and on the playing field - and I look forward to working with a staff that strives for excellence in every endeavor. The success DePauw has experienced at the conference and national level reflects a high level of institutional dedication to an outstanding student-athlete experience."
An Assistant Athletic Director at North Central (Ill.) College, Baker-Watson started there in 2007 and directed the department's compliance and eligibility activities as well as all aspects of its student-athlete leadership development programming. Through her work with the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee, Student-Athlete Mentors and Cardinal Marketing and Promotions, she's provided student-athletes leadership awareness training and leadership development opportunities.
Additionally, she supervised undergraduates and post-graduate interns in areas of athletics administration, academic services and athletics marketing and promotions and previously served as the manager for all of North Central's indoor and outdoor athletics facilities.
Prior to coming to North Central, Baker-Watson spent eight years at Aurora University where she was the head athletic trainer, senior woman administrator and instructor of physical education. As part of the athletics management team, she oversaw all aspects of game operations, directed student-athlete education as CHAMPS/Life Skills Coordinator, helped develop marketing and promotions initiatives and served as advisor for the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee.
Baker-Watson has served on the NCAA Division III Membership Committee and the NCAA Ethnic Minority and Women's Internship Grant selection committee.
She holds memberships in the National Association of Division III Athletics Administrators, National Association of Collegiate Women Athletics Administrators and has been a member of the local organizing committee for the Women's Leadership Symposium. Baker-Watson also has facilitated programs on staff development/work-life balance at the NCAA National Convention, NCAA Gender Equity and Issues Forum and NACWAA National Convention.
A graduate of Ohio University with a degree in athletic training, she earned a master's in exercise science and cardiac rehabilitation from Northeastern Illinois University.