Steve Opperman, Head Coach
Steve Opperman is in his 19th 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.
Opperman, who was A-10 Co-Coach of the Year in 2013, 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 52 times. The Dukes have been represented on the A-10 All-Conference teams for 18 straight seasons.
In his 18 years on the Bluff, several season, team and individual records have been broken under Opperman's guidance. Additionally, Opperman has coached two AVCA All-Americans. Liz Homan received the honor in 2010 and Arielle Love in 2012 and 2014.
Under his leadership, Opperman always had his squads among the strongest academic teams on campus. In his 18 seasons at Duquesne, 14 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 is the winningest coach at Duquesne University. He has compiled a 431-405 (.515) record in 26 seasons as a head coach.
Ryan Sweitzer, Assistant Coach
Ryan Sweitzer is in his third season as Assistant Coach for the Duquesne Dukes. Sweitzer came to Duquesne from Eastern Illinois, where he was the Assistant Coach. His primary focus was the team’s offense and blocking. Along with his coaching experience, he brings his high-level playing experience with him. He attended Penn State University, where he helped the Nittany Lions win a National Championship in 2008. As an opposite hitter, he finished his playing career with a .303 hitting percentage. After college, Sweitzer played professionally in Sweden.
Amber Kaufman, Assistant Coach
Amber Kaufman is in her first season as Assistant Coach with Duquesne. She comes to the bluff after serving one year as the Volunteer Assistant at the University of Pittsburgh. She was a standout athlete at the University of Hawaii, earning All-American honors on her way to a Final Four appearance in 2009. Kaufman was also a decorated high jumper including capturing the 2010 Outdoor Track and Field High Jump Championship. After graduating from Hawaii with a degree in Psychology, she went on to play three years of professional volleyball in Finland.