RECRUITING AREAS: Cuyahoga and Lorain Counties; Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; Florida, Tampa/Ft. Myers, Florida and Alaska
Steve Opgenorth enters his fifth overall season as an assistant coach but his first as offensive coordinator at Baldwin Wallace University in 2019. He also serves as the quarterbacks coach.
Upon arrival, Opgenorth developed 1st team All-OAC selection Tyler Moeglin at QB. Moeglin was selected as the small college player of the year from Ohio in 2015. In 2018, QB Jake Hudson set the single season passing record for yards in leading the program to an 8-2 overall record. Opgenorth coordinated recruiting efforts that helped produce an 8 win season and #24 national ranking in 2018. 2019 will be his first as associate head coach, offensive coordinator, and quarterbacks coach.
Opgenorth came to BW after serving as the head coach at St. Norbert (Wis.) College in 2014. St. Norbert accumulated a 6-4 record in the Midwest Conference. Prior to St. Norbert, he spent two seasons as the offensive coordinator and recruiting coordinator at Colby (Maine) College within the NESCAC. During Opgenorth's two seasons, Colby transformed its football program and finished the 2013 season with a .500 record.
From May of 2010 through March of 2012, Opgenorth returned to his alma mater at Division II Winona State (Minn.) University as its special teams coordinator, recruiting coordinator and wide receivers coach.
He began his college coaching career at Albright (Pa.) College in 2007 as its special teams coordinator, recruiting coordinator and defensive backs coach. Opgenorth helped Albright grow from a 2-8 mark in 2006 to an 11-2 record, a No.9-ranking and an NCAA Division III National quarter-final appearance in 2009.
He was a graduate assistant coach during the 2005 and 2006 seasons at Carroll (Wis.) College and coached the wide receivers and tight ends and served as the assistant recruiting coordinator. Opgenorth, completed his master’s degree in Adult Educational Leadership and graduated in 2018.
In addition to coaching, he was selected as one of 30 participants in the NFL/NCAA coaches’ academy in 2012, and has been a leadership development speaker across the country. Opgenorth is also an active member in the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) and Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA).
A native of Green Bay, Wisconsin, Opgenorth graduated cum laude from Winona State in May 2005 with a degree in business education.
Opgenorth was a four-year scholarship student-athlete and specialist as a placekicker and punter at Winona State where he earned All-American honors. Opgenorth was a member of three Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference championship teams and 2000 Mineral Water Bowl champion teams. He also made four straight post-season appearances, including reaching the NCAA Division II Playoff quarterfinalists in 2003. Opgenorth ended his career with 323 points, holds five Warrior school records and was named to the Winona State All-Century Team in 2005.
Opgenorth resides in Strongsville, Ohio with his wife, Bridget and son Vance.