CINCINNATI (September 25, 2017) – Tyler Hopperton has been named the Head Football Coach at Mount St. Joseph University, Director of Athletics Steve Radcliffe announced today.
Coach Hopperton had been serving as the Lions' interim coach since March 9, 2017, following the retirement of Rod Huber. Since then, Coach Hopperton has begun to put his stamp on the program, both on and off the field.
On the field the Lions are off to a solid 2-2 start, and hope to continue their winning ways at 1:30 p.m. Saturday, as they welcome Hanover College to The Mount for Homecoming.
Off the field may be where Coach Hopperton has made the most impact during his first season leading the Football program. He has been teaching his players all about the Mission of The Mount, which was demonstrated by the Lions inaugural service day. On August 20, more than 110 members of The Mount's football team volunteered their time in service to others.
"I am extremely grateful to President Williams, Athletic Director Steve Radcliffe, and Associate Athletic Director Melanee Wagener for their trust in me to be the Head Coach of this football program," said Coach Hopperton. "I have been a part of this program as a player and a coach for the last 10 years and I'm very excited for the opportunity to lead it."
Coach Hopperton spent four years playing linebacker for the Lions before graduating from The Mount in 2012. After graduation, he immediately began his coaching career here at The Mount. He has served as the team's linebackers coach and special teams coordinator. Before being named interim Head Coach, he served as Assistant Head Coach and Director of Recruiting.
"I had the honor and privilege to be coached by and to coach with both Rod Huber and Ron Corradini within the last 10 seasons and will work to make them, the John Pont family, and 27 years of MSJ Football Alumni proud. I am very fortunate to have a current coaching staff whose first priority is the overall development of each and every member of our football program, and look forward to continuing our work."
Director of Athletics Steve Radcliffe had this to say, "Coach Hopperton has risen to the challenges of transitioning to the role of Head Football Coach in an admirable fashion. We are impressed with the thoughtful planning and implementation of a new culture with the team members. This culture affects all aspects of the program from how we practice; how we compete; how we train; how we commit to each other and the concept of team; how we honor our academic commitments; and how we represent our selves outside of the classroom, locker room and the playing field. We felt that Coach Hopperton has especially shown his value in the area of recruitment of students. It is a pleasure to announce that Tyler Hopperton's appointment has been changed from Interim Head Football Coach to Head Football Coach."