Bob Koopmann is entering his twenty-first season as a collegiate head coach and his thirteenth year here at Rockford University. Coach Koopmann and his staff his staff have built the program into a perennial conference title contender winning 3 conference titles and 2 conference tournament titles since his arrival. Koopmann’s teams have gone 257-223 (.535 winning percentage) during his twelve seasons, including winning at least 27 games 4 times. The 29 wins in 2007 stands as a Rockford University school record. In that same time period the Regents have seen four of their players sign professional contracts including LHP Fabian Gomez who was selected in the 31st round by the Oakland Athletics in the 2007 Major League Baseball Draft.
Prior to coming to Rockford University, Koopmann turned multiple programs around with numerous successful season at each of his previous head coaching positions. Just prior to his arrival at Rockford, Koopmann was the head coach for 2 seasons (2005-06) at Ashford University in Clinton, Iowa. In Koopmann’s second season with the Saints they won a school record 23 games. Prior to coaching at Ashford, Koopmann spent the first 7 years (1998-2004) of his head coaching career at Illinois Valley Community College (IVCC) in Oglesby, Ill. In 1999 Koopmann turned the program around by improving the Eagles from just 5 wins to a then record 27 wins. From 2000 through 2004 he led a team that averaged 42 wins a year and shattered his previous school record for wins with a 49-12 record in 2003. In his 7 years at IVCC, Koopmann coached 47 players that went on to play at 4-year institutions and coached 15 players that were drafted or signed professional contracts. His teams won the Regional Championships from 2001 through 2003. In his 7 years at IVCC the Eagles were 241-171 (.585 winning percentage).
Prior to becoming a head coach, Koopmann served as an assistant coach at Northeastern Illinois University from 1990 through 1992 and again in 1997. During those 4 seasons, Koopmann served as the team’s pitching coach.
Koopmann also brings professional coaching experience to the Regents’ dugout. He served as the manager for the Rockford RiverHawks from 2002 through 2004 and again from 2008 through 2010. His teams compiled a 297-270 record (.524 winning percentage) over that time frame including a Frontier League Championship in 2004 where the RiverHawks finished 65-39 including the postseason.
The Chicago native played his college baseball at Harper College in Palatine, Ill. While at Harper he was drafted twice by the Chicago White Sox organization. Koopmann later signed with the Pittsburgh Pirates where he pitched in their minor league system for three seasons.
Koopmann earned his bachelor’s degree in Physical Education from Northeastern Illinois University and his master’s degree from the University of Illinois-Springfield. Koopmann resides in Rockford with his wife Laura. They have two children, Frank age 13, and Lyla age 10.