Steve Opperman, Head Coach
Steve Opperman, the most tenured women's coach at Duquesne University, enters his 14th 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 before suffering a 3-1 loss to Dayton in the Atlantic 10 Championship Semi-Finals. During the 2011 season, the Dukes were one match shy of reaching a 20 win season, but made it back to the Atlantic 10 Championship Semi-Finals, only Women's team at Duquesne to ever do that.
Opperman, a three- time A-10 Co-Coach of the Year, needed only five years to become DU's all-time winningest coach. In his 13 years on the Bluff, several season, team and individual records have been broken under his guidance.
Over his tenure, Opperman has seen his players voted to the Atlantic 10 All-Conference teams. The Dukes have been represented on the A-10 All-Conference teams for 12 straight seasons.
Under his leadership, Opperman always had his squads among the strongest academic teams on campus. In his 13 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.