Tyler Hopperton enters his second season as Head Coach at the Mount and begins his seventh season overall as part of the Lions’ Football program in 2018-2019. Along with his Head Coaching duties, Hopperton will oversee the Special Teams and assist with defensive position groups.
The Hopperton era started very uniquely when Hopperton was named Interim Head Coach March 9th, 2017 following the retirement of Rod Huber. In his initial campaign, Hopperton won his Head Coaching debut versus Capital University 38-21. Following his second victory versus Manchester University, Hopperton shredded the "Interim" tag and was tabbed Head Coach to lead the Lions now and into the future. In his inaugural season at the helm of the Mount, he led to Lions to a winning campaign at 6-4 while finishing towards the top of the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference at 5-3. The 2017 Lions also placed 14 student-athletes on the HCAC All-Conference team and broke or tied over 30 MSJ Football Records.
"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."
A former Linebacker for the Lions, Hopperton graduated from the Mount in 2012 after a spectacular playing career that saw Hopperton end his career as co-captain, First-Team HCAC All-Conference, All-Ohio, and the Lions Defensive Player of the Year. Hopperton was chosen to play in the Ohio Army National Guard Senior Bowl III in 2012. Along with his on-field success, Hopperton was more impressive off it. He was a three-time HCAC All-Academic award winner and a National Football Foundation Scholar Athlete (2012). While at the Mount, Hopperton was President of the Student Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC), 2011-2012, was the College of Mount St. Joseph Student Athlete Representative at the 2012 NCAA Convention, and the Representative at the Diversity and Gender Issues Workshop. He was a Resident Assistant at the Mount from 2010-2012, was named to the Alpha Chi National College Honor Society (Spring 2012), and named Sigma Beta Delta and Chi Alpha Sigma (Spring 2011). After graduation, he immediately began his coaching career at The Mount. He has served as the team's linebackers coach and special teams coordinator. Prior to the retirement of Rod Huber, Hopperton served as Assistant Head Coach and Director of Recruiting.
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. On it, Hopperton led a program in 2017 that saw multiple offensive records shatter while coaching fourteen members of the All-HCAC Team, highlighted by five HCAC First-Team members. As the Special Teams Coordinator the past four seasons, Hopperton has coached four straight First-Team All-HCAC Kickers (Shane Kelly 2014 & 2015, Jerry Porter, 2016 & 2017) and First-Team Returner (Troy Speakman, 2017). As an assistant, coaching the Linebackers, Hopperton has coached multiple All-HCAC Linebackers that include Brett McCleerly (2014), Konnor Blevins (2014), Anthony Berry (2014), Kevin McHale (2015), Colby Webb (2016 & 2017), and Nathan Stone (2017).
"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."
Hopperton and his wife Abbie reside in Edgewood, KY.