Steve Opperman, Head Coach
Steve Opperman, the most tenured women's coach at Duquesne University, will enter his 17th season as head coach of the volleyball program in the Fall. 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' fourth straight appearance in the Atlantic 10 Championship, 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 was named A-10 Coach of the Year this past season, making it his fourth A-10 Coach of the Year. Duquesne finished with a record of 20-10 and captured the A-10 Regular Season title along with winning the Duke's first A-10 Tournament Championship. The Duke's also made their first ever NCAA tournament appearance.
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. This past season, Mary Henry was named A-10 Setter of the Year.
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 16 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 343-343 (.500) in 22 seasons as a head coach.