Steve Donovan is in his fourth season as defensive coordinator for the Wisconsin Lutheran College football team. Donovan also serves as the Warriors' strength and conditioning coordinator.
Donovan coached five players who received postseason recognition a season ago, including two First Team All-NACC selections in JD Leisemann and Larry Meeks. In 2016, the Warriors recorded a school-record 35 sacks, good for the top mark in the NACC. Donovan has mentored 16 players who've garnered all-conference honors in three seasons leading Wisconsin Lutheran's defense.
Donovan joined the Warriors football coaching staff after spending four seasons on the sidelines at Valparaiso University, a Division I FCS member of the Pioneer Football League. He was the Crusaders' defensive line coach for the first three seasons and tight ends coach for one year. During his four-year stint, Donovan also served as assistant strength coach, film coordinator, and camp director.
Prior to his role at Valpo, Donovan spent one year coaching the defensive line and linebackers at his alma mater and fellow Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference member, Benedictine University. The Eagles posted an 8-3 overall mark, including a perfect 7-0 record in the NACC on their way to their first conference championship since 1934. BenU qualified for the NCAA Division III Playoffs in his only season coaching at the school.
The Chicago, Illinois, native was a four-year letterwinner and a two-year starter for the Eagles. In his junior and senior season, he recorded 85 tackles, including 17 tackles for loss, six quarterback sacks, four forced fumbles, and one interception. He earned NACC Honorable Mention accolades as a defensive lineman his senior year.
Donovan graduated from Benedictine in 2010 with a bachelor's degree in business administration, concentrating in management and organizational behavior. He received a master's degree in sports administration from Valparaiso in 2013.
Donovan and his wife, Whitney, reside in Jackson with their son, JD.