Joe Kopp is in his first season as an assistant coach at Willamette this year. He is a defensive assistant. He also serves as the team's co-recruiting coordinator, and he will work with social media. In addition, he will focus on student success and career counseling.
Kopp was the linebackers coach at Lewis & Clark College from 2014 through 2018. He coached four players who earned All-Northwest Conference honors.
Prior to coaching, Kopp played safety on the football team at Lewis & Clark for four years from 2009 through 2012. He was selected All-NWC and was the team's Most Valuable Defensive Player as a senior in 2012. He graduated from L&C with a bachelor's degree in Rhetoric and Media Studies in 2013. He then played professional football for the Trvana Bulldogs in Slovakia as part of the Czech Football League in 2014.