Steve Atkinson is in his first season on the Delaware State coaching staff, serving as inside linebackers coach and recruiting coordinator for the 2016 season.
He brings a wealth of experience at the FBS, FCS, Div. II and Div. III levels to the Hornets.
Atkinson most recently served as linebackers coach at Seton Hill University in Greensburg, Pa., where he worked under current DSU defensive coordinator Gerard Wilcher. While at Seton Hill, Atkinson helped guide linebacker Nick Boynton to All-Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference First Team Honors in his first year as a starter. Boynton totaled 103 total tackles, 11.5 tackles-for-loss and two sacks during his all-conference season.
Atkinson also served five years as Director of Player Development at the University of Virginia. Before that, he was Director of Football Operations at the University of Richmond.
While at the University of Virginia, Atkinson was administrative point of contact for players on all aspects of university life. He also founded the “Hoos In The Ville” community service project for the football program. Atkinson was at UVA when the team competed in the 2011 Chik Fil-A Bowl, and he directed all football operations for Richmond’s 2008 FCS national championship team.
During his stops at Virginia and Richmond, he worked closely with NFL scouting and player personnel departments attending the Senior Bowl and NFL Combine.
Atkinson began his coaching career at Paul IV Catholic High School in Fairfax, Va., in 1997, where he served as defensive coordinator for four seasons. The team won the Washington Catholic Athletic Conference championship in 1997.
From there, Atkinson moved to Osbourn (Va.) High School for one season as secondary and running backs coach.
His next stop was at George Mason University as defensive coordinator and recruiting coordinator from 2003-07.
Atkinson was defensive coordinator and secondary coach at Fitchburg State during the 2007 season.
He earned a bachelor’s degree from National-Louis University and a master’s in Sports Administration from Liberty University.
Steve and his wife Pamela have three children, Katie (25), Zak (15) and Tori (10).