Dukes to play four tournaments and 14 A-10 matches
Joins staff from Eastern Illinois
Becomes first-ever Duquesne player to be honored
Dukes receive 8-of-10 first place votes
Defending A-10 champs 27-match schedule to include Pitt, RMU, Minnesota
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Steve Opperman, the 2013 Atlantic 10 Coach of the Year, is in his 17th season as head coach at Duquesne. Named to the post in 1998, Opperman became the 12th head coach in program history. He came to Duquesne after seven seasons as head coach at Wright State, where he was second on the school's all-time victory list.
The 2013 season saw the Dukes win their first-ever regular season Atlantic 10 title with a program-record 12 conference wins, first-ever A-10 Championship title and first-ever NCAA Championship appearance. Opperman's teams have tallied a program record 84 victories in any four-year span.
In 2010, the Dukes set a Division I era program record with 23 wins resulting in Opperman being named Atlantic 10 Co-Coach of the Year. Additionally, they had their first post-season victory since 1993 when they defeated Fordham in the Atlantic 10 Championship Semifinals.
Opperman, who was A-10 Co-Coach of the Year in 2010, 2004 and 2001, needed only five years to become DU's all-time winningest coach.
Over his tenure, Opperman has seen his players voted to the Atlantic 10 All-Conference teams a total of 46 times. The Dukes have been represented on the A-10 All-Conference teams for 16 straight seasons.
In his 16 years on the Bluff, several season, team and individual records have been broken under Opperman's guidance, most recently the all-time hitting percentage mark of .325 by Liz Homan. Additionally, Opperman coached the only AVCA All-American in program history, when Homan received the honor in 2010.
Under his leadership, Opperman always had his squads among the strongest academic teams on campus. In his 16 seasons at Duquesne, 12 student-athletes have been named to the A-10 Academic All-Conference team, five student-athletes have been named Academic All-America and one A-10 Student-Athlete of the Year.
In his first season as head coach at Wright State, he led the Raiders to the finals of the 1991 North Star Conference Championship. He accomplished the same feet two seasons later take WSU, now in the Midwestern Collegiate Conference, to the 1993 championship match. The Raiders received a berth in the National Invitational Volleyball Championship in both 1991 and 1993. In his seven years leading WSU, Opperman registered three 20-win seasons, including a personal-best 23 wins in 1993 and 1995.
Opperman started his collegiate coaching career in 1989 as an assistant coach at the University of Dayton. In his only season with the Flyers, they went 17-17 and made it to the semifinals of the Midwestern Collegiate Conference Championship. The following season he took the assistant coach position at Wright State before assuming the role of head coach in 1991.
Opperman graduated from Ohio State in 1987 with a bachelor's degree in marketing. On the court, he was an outside hitter with the Buckeyes for the 1983-84 season leading them to a 28-11 overall record and a second place finish in the Midwestern Intercollegiate Volleyball Association.
The New Bremen, Ohio native holds memberships in the American Volleyball Coaches and United States Volleyball Associations. He was a voting member of the CSTV/AVCA Top 25 poll from 1999 until 2006 and served as the Atlantic 10 representative to the AVCA Head Coaches Committee from 2000-2005. In 1996, he was a panel speaker at the Final Four Volleyball Convention.
Opperman's Year-by-Year Record