Who is Kristen Saban?
Kristen Saban was born in Alabama, USA, in the mid-1980s, and is an events planner, but perhaps best known for being the adopted daughter of college American Football coach Nick Saban. Her father is considered as one of the greatest college football coaches of all time, helping elevate the University of Alabama team to star status.
The Riches of Kristen Saban
Kristen Saban’s net worth is estimated at over $500,000, earned from her work as an events planner, but she’s also probably benefited from the success of her father, who has a net worth estimated to be over $35 million.
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His head coaching job helps him earn an annual salary currently worth over $7.5 million.
Early Life, Education, and Career
At a young age, Kristen became very interested in sports, particularly American Football as she was influenced by her father’s career and lifelong passion. She often went to her father’s games, and followed his career as he moved around various teams. He was a coach for Michigan State, LSU, and then settled at the University of Alabama in 2007.
She attended Tuscaloosa Academy and during her time there was a part of the school’s cheerleading team. After matriculating, she enrolled at the University of Alabama. While completing her college education, she worked as a student assistant for the football program and also worked at the Bryant-Denny Stadium as an events staffer, the primary location for all of Alabama’s home games during college football season. After graduating, she continued her love for sports and used her prior experience handling events to get work with the sports event planning organization called Bruno Event Team.
The work helps her keep close to her father, and it also allows her to oversee other sporting events. Two of the other sports she’s covered are golf tournaments and men’s college basketball tournaments, such as the SEC.
Father – Nick Saban
Nick is of Croatian descent, with his grandfather migrating to the US at a young age. He attended Monongah High School and after matriculating enrolled at Kent State University, where he completed a degree in business. He continued his studies by earning a master’s in sports administration from the same educational institution.
Around this time, he had set his sights on finding a job as a coach, but was initially hired as a graduate assistant while waiting for his wife who was completing her college studies.
Afterwards he began working as an assistant coach, with several NCAA Division I- college teams over the next decade, including West Virginia, Syracuse, Ohio State, and Michigan State. In 1987, he had his first experience with the National Football League (NFL) as he was hired as an assistant for the Houston Oilers. After two years he returned to college football, when he was offered the position of head coach of Michigan State, subsequently helping the team improve after many losing seasons.
Success with Alabama and Recent Woes
Nick had already proven his potential when he joined the University of Alabama, to become the head coach of the Alabama Crimson Tide, having already helped the LSU Tigers reach the BCS National Championship.
After two years with the Tide, he helped them win three national championships, along with continuous appearances in the play-offs, becoming the first college football coach to win a national championship with two teams.
Since joining Alabama, his win rate skyrocketed and he has a record of 242-65-1, with his achievements leading many to believe that he is the greatest coach in college football history. He is tied for the record of most national championships in the modern era, and is a member of the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame.
Not everything has been green for him, however, especially in the last season. The 2019 season marked the first occasion when Alabama will not be a part of the playoffs, after consecutive post-season appearances since 2007. The roster has had many problems, including two of its stars out for the season due to injuries. This has led many to believe that the end of Alabama’s era may be near, especially with Saban advancing in age.
Kristen married Adam Setas in 2014, and they have a child together.
The two have known each other since pre-school and kept in touch despite being in different locations. They later crossed paths once again while in Alabama, and things developed romantically in 2013, when she reportedly left her boyfriend at the time to be with him. They were engaged after a year of dating, with Setas proposing to her on a bridge overlooking Nashville. The two were married a few months later.
A year before starting her relationship with Setas, she became a part of an altercation that lead to a lawsuit. She was accused of brutally beating up one of her sorority sisters following a verbal exchange. She was posting about an issue they had on Facebook which prompted the other to confront her in her room. The lawsuit was later dismissed, as the judge ruled the case as Kristen only acting in self-defense.