Steam-valving and excitation systems play an important role to maintain the transient stability of power systems with synchronous generators when power systems are subjected to large disturbances and sudden load changes. This paper presents a nonlinear adaptive backstepping approach for controlling excitation and steam-valving systems of synchronous generators. In this paper, the proposed excitation and steam-valving controllers are designed in a coordinated manner so that they can work under several and most severe operating conditions. Both excitation and steam-valving controllers are designed by considering some critical parameters as unknown. The effectiveness of the proposed coordinated control scheme is evaluated on a single machine infinite bus system under different operating conditions such as load changes and three-phase short circuit faults at the generator terminal. Finally, performance of the proposed scheme is compared to that of a similar nonlinear adaptive backstepping excitation controller without any coordination and simulation results demonstrate the superiority of the proposed one.