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Steve Opperman
Steve Opperman

Position:
Head Coach

Birthdate:
12/17/1963

Experience:
16th Season

Alma Mater:
Ohio State '87



12/07/2013

Volleyball Falls in the First Round of NCAA Championship

Kentucky too much, takes 3-0 victory

11/24/2013

ATLANTIC 10 CHAMPIONS

Duquesne wins first-ever conference championship

11/22/2013

Volleyball Begins Quest for Atlantic 10 Championship

Plays winner of Saint/Louis Dayton Saturday at 5:00 p.m.

11/21/2013

Henry Named A-10 Setter of the Year

Six Dukes named All-Conference

11/21/2013

Opperman Named A-10 Coach of the Year

Led Dukes to first-ever regular season title

11/23/2013

A-10 Semifinals - Duquesne 3, Dayton 1

A-10 Semifinals - Duquesne 3, Dayton 1

11/12/2013

2013 Senior Day

2013 Senior Day

09/30/2013

Duquesne vs. VCU

Duquesne vs. VCU

09/18/2013

Duquesne 3. West Virginia 0

Duquesne 3. West Virginia 0

09/07/2013

Duquesne 3, Central Michigan 1

Duquesne 3, Central Michigan 1

Contact Coach Opperman: opperman@duq.edu

Steve Opperman, the most tenured women's coach at Duquesne University, enters his 16th season as head coach of the volleyball program. 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.

Coming off the Dukes' third straight appearance in the Atlantic 10 Championship, Opperman's teams have tallied a program record 64 victories in any three-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, a three-time A-10 Co-Coach of the Year, 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 40 times. The Dukes have been represented on the A-10 All-Conference teams for 15 straight seasons.

In his 15 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 14 seasons at Duquesne, 11 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.

Opperman has compiled a 323-333 (.492) in 21 seasons as a head coach.

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

Year
School
Overall
Wins
Overall
Loses
Overall
Pct.
Conf.
Wins
Conf.
Loses
Conf.
Pct.
Postseason
1991
Wright State
22
17
.564
4
2
.667
NIV
1992
Wright State
15
17
.469
8
8
.500
-
1993
Wright State
23
15
.605
14
4
.778
NIV
1994
Wright State
16
13
.552
5
5
.500
MCC First Round
1995
Wright State
23
10
.697
9
5
.643
MCC First Round
1996
Wright State
10
23
.303
4
8
.333
MCC First Round
1997
Wright State
10
21
.323
2
10
.167
MCC First Round
1998
Duquesne
8
20
.286
3
17
.150
-
1999
Duquesne
10
22
.313
4
14
.222
-
2000
Duquesne
15
16
.484
4
12
.250
-
2001
Duquesne
16
10
.615
8
8
.500
-
2002
Duquesne
18
12
.600
7
7
.500
-
2003
Duquesne
13
17
.433
6
8
.429
-
2004
Duquesne
15
16
.484
7
7
.500
A-10 Quarterfinals
2005
Duquesne
15
13
.536
5
8
.385
-
2006
Duquesne
11
21
.344
4
9
.308
-
2007
Duquesne
10
19
.345
2
11
.154
-
2008
Duquesne
15
14
.517
3
10
.231
-
2009
Duquesne
16
14
.533
6
9
.400
-
2010
Duquesne
23
10
.697
10
5
.667
A-10 Semifinals
2011
Duquesne
19
13
.594
8
7
.533
A-10 Semifinals
2012
Duquesne
22
11
.667
9
5
.643
A-10 Quarterfinals

Opperman's Career Coaching Record

Year
School
Overall
Wins
Overall
Loses
Overall
Pct.
Conf.
Wins
Conf.
Loses
Conf.
Pct.
1991-1997
Wright State
119
116
.506
46
42
.523
1998-Pres.
Duquesne
226
228
.499
86
137
.385
Total
22 Seasons
345
344
.499
132
179
.424

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