Coaching Staff

Steve Stutzman
Assistant Coach

With the start of the 2018-19 academic year, Steve Stutzman will begin his second season with Nebraska-Kearney softball. 
 
Previously, he was UNK's Athletic Ticket Manager and also assisted with Marketing and Promotions for four years. 
 
In 2018, the Lopers won 16 games and improved three spots in the MIAA standings. Just missing the league tournament with an 11-15 record, UNK had five players named honorable mention All-MIAA. 
 
The UNK graduate was elevated to full-time status in the summer of 2014. He began his duties as ticket manager in August of that year and was in charge in all phases of the Loper ticketing system.
 
During the 2014-15 season, Stutzman assisted then-Head Equipment Manager Philip Noah in outfitting all 17 Loper teams.
 
Working with a new on-line ticketing partner, University Tickets, Stutzman helped increase Loper ticket sales to over $200,000 for the 2014-15 season, a 40% increase from the previous year. He helped design the season ticket books, as well as the individual tickets that are used for all UNK home events.  
 
During the basketball season, the “Loper Loonies” – a student athletic booster group – debuted. Stutzman helped conceptualized and established the organization, which is known for their creative and distractive ability to help with the home team atmosphere.
 
For four seasons (2011-14), Stutzman held a variety of duties with Loper baseball. He coached the outfielders and pitchers, developed redshirts and served as the Loper recruiting coordinator.
 
In his time on the diamond, UNK won 108 games, reached the 2011 NCAA Tournament Sweet 16 and qualified for the 2013 MIAA Tournament.
 
For seven summers (2008-14), he served as head coach of the Casper (Wyo.) Cutthroats of the Mountain Collegiate Baseball League, the Wichita (Kans.) Wheat Kings of the Walter Johnson Baseball League and American Legion teams in Kearney, Shelton/Gibbon and Wood River.
 
In 2014, Stutzman led the Cutthroats to the league title to push his summer collegiate coaching mark to 94-37 (71.7 winning percentage). His Legion clubs had previously won conference and district titles as well as reaching the state tournament.
 
Currently working on a Master’s in Sports Administration from UNK, Stutzman has been as a substitute teacher in the Wood River and Shelton Public School Systems. He was tabbed a Future Teacher of the Year in 2010 (P.E.), 2011 (Health) and 2013 (Leadership).
 
He also has served on the NAHPERD (Nebraska Association for Physical Education Recreation & Dance) Board for three years and led the 2012 NAHPED Student Conference.
 
Stutzman lives in Kearney with his wife, the former Taylor Fernau, and their son, Leo. 

Kellee Vornhagen
Pitching Coach

Bio. Coming Soon!