Scott Opfer '84, Trustee
Scott attended Winona State from 1980-1984 earning his BA in Mass Communications with an emphasis in Television Broadcasting. Scott landed his first TV job at KTTC in Rochester, Minnesota and then two years later was named the Sports Director at KOLR-TV in Springfield, Missouri. While continuing his broadcasting career, Scott started Opfer Communications, Inc., a direct marketing firm and television production facility specializing in direct-to-consumer TV marketing. The company he drew up on a napkin in a sports bar now has a global reach, with product distribution in 58 countries around the world.
Once bitten by the entrepreneurial bug, Scott has since launched nearly a dozen different companies including Amazing Inventions, Gourmet Flavors Group, Wescott Enterprises-Real Estate, and BrainThrust Digital Media to name a few.
Along the way, Scott has worked as the color commentator for Missouri State University Football while also working as a varsity assistant football coach at Glendale High School in Springfield. While at Glendale, Scott had the unique opportunity to coach his son Austin who is now playing for the WSU Warriors. Scott was also the co-founder of the Ozarks Football League, the first competitive youth football league in Springfield and the co-founder of the Springfield Spirit, the first girls club soccer team in Southwest Missouri, which has since grown and merged with the competitive boys soccer club now called the Springfield Soccer Club (SSC).
While attending WSU, Scott met his future wife Tracy (Harvey) who is a fitness instructor and consultant at Mercy Fitness Center in Springfield. At WSU Tracy was an All-American gymnast who helped guide WSU to a national championship in 1985, while Scott was co-captain of the Warriors 1983 Conference Championship football team. Both Scott and Tracy are inductees in the WSU Athletics Hall of Fame.
The couple has four children (3-girls 1-Boy), who have taken their own athletic paths as well. Lorin (Soccer-Missouri-National Champions-Club) now works at Fox Sports Midwest in St. Louis, Alix (Soccer-Missouri State) Austin (Football-Winona State) and Kasey (Soccer-Glendale HS)