Steve competed in football and wrestling at Mclane High School in Fresno. Upon graduating in 1964, he attended Fresno State and competed on the wrestling team for four years. He graduated in 1968 and received his teaching credential in 1969.
In the fall of 1969, Steve was hired at Sanger High School, near Fresno, as a physical education instructor, the head wrestling coach and an assistant football coach. He coached his wrestling team to a second place league finish. In 1970 he became the head wrestling coach at California State University, Sacramento. He worked on and received his Master in Physical Education while coaching the wrestling team.
In 1971, Steve Krisiak, 24, was hired as the head wrestling coach, an assistant football coach and a physical education instructor at Cosumnes River College. He coached wrestling until 1975. Steve continued as an assistant football coach until 1978. From 1976 through 1984, he coached the men’s golf team and in 1979 he became an assistant volleyball coach under Gert Tipton.
Steve became the head volleyball coach in 1980 after only one year in the sport. As the head coach, the volleyball program flourished. During his thirteen seasons, Steve led his team to eight straight Bay Valley Conference Championships and nine in all (1983, 1985, 1986, 1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991 & 1992). He has won the most conference championships in a decade (6 in the 80’s) and has won more conference championships than any other coach in CRC history. His teams competed in nine Northern California Regional Tournaments and he coached numerous “All-Conference” Players. Five of Steve’s players were named “Most Valuable Athletes” at CRC (Amy Sinkey, Shana Groff, Tami Haack, Jena Mello and Anna Foucek) while two others were named “Most Outstanding Athletes” at CRC (Lynn Brazil and Irene Alvarez). Three of his players, Shana Groff, Kelly Lomeland and Anna Foucek, were “Conference Most Valuable Player’s” and Anna was named to the “All-Northern California Team”.
Steve ended his coaching career in 1992 after coaching 35 seasons of sport at Cosumnes River College and then he returned to school for a Masters Degree in counseling. He began his counseling career in 1993 at Cosumnes River College working in the Assessment Office. In 1994, Steve became the Academic Counselor for Athletics, advising all of the student athletes at CRC. The Community College Counselors / Adviors Academic Association for Athletes (3C4A) honored Steve for his outstanding contribution to student athletes at Cosumnes River College in 2004 when they named him “3C4A Counselor of the Year”.
Steve retired from Cosumnes River College in July 2006. He lives in Lincoln with his wife of 38 years, Bonnie, who works as a surgical nurse at Methodist Hospital. They have one daughter, Stephanie, 32 who is a counselor in the Eureka School District.