In 1977, Steve Kreider was named an All-American in Division II college football and was a key player in the Engineers' first ever national championship. He graduated from Lehigh with a BS in engineering in 1978 and was drafted the following year in the sixth round by the Cincinnati Bengals. While playing for the Bengals, he also worked towards his MBA in quantitative analysis by taking night classes at the University of Cincinnati. In 1981, at 23 years of age, he played in the Bengal's first ever appearance in the Superbowl, catching two passes for thirty-six yards. The Bengals lost the game 21 to 26 to the San Francisco 49ers and their roster full of future hall-of-famers.
When Kreider graduated from Lehigh, both he and his now wife, Nancy Barrett Kreider, were named recipients of the Lehigh Alumni Association's Undergraduate Merit Award. It has been said that Nancy was interviewed by one of the major television networks about the thrill of the Superbowl when Steve and the Bengals reached that exalted game. When asked about the excitement surrounding the event, she responded, "Well, it's impressive, but not so exciting as the Lehigh-Lafayette game."
In college, Kreider was a Rhodes Scholarship finalist. After receiving his masters in business, Kreider went on to earn a Ph.D. in finance, also from the University of Cincinnati. He is also a member of the CFA Society of Philadelphia.
After his career with the Bengals, Kreider began work as a managing director at Miller, Anderson & Sherrerd LLP until the company was bought by Morgan Stanley in 1988. He stayed with the new ownership and became a portfolio manager of Morgan Stanley Investment Management in 1992. From May 2007-December 2008 he worked in management of Morgan Stanley's High Yield Fund and Van Kampen's High-Income Trust, including six months as the sole portfolio manager of both trusts.
Kreider and his wife have three daughters and one son and reside in Blue Bell, Pennsylvania.
- Steve Kreider's NFL statistics
- Lehigh Athletics Hall of Fame
- Lehigh's Super Athletes Remembered at Super Bowl
- Kreider gives keynote speech at fraternity scholarship award program
- Kreider Knows His Priorities Interview with Kreider in The New York Times