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In the latest Episode of Dukes 1-On-1, Jay Spinks sits down with Women's Volleyball head coach Steve Opperman.
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Steve Opperman, the most tenured women's coach at Duquesne University, enters his 15th 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.
Opperman is coming off one of the program's most success seasons 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-ever post-season victory 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 37 times. The Dukes have been represented on the A-10 All-Conference teams for 13 straight seasons.
In his 13 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 .330 by Liz Homan.
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