Steve Axman begins his first season with the Arizona Rattlers. Axman was most recently the quarterbacks coach at Perry High School in Gilbert, Ariz. where he coached the record setting Brock Purdy. Prior to that, he was the Interim Head Coach at Nichols State University and quarterback coach at Simon Frasier University. Prior to his stint at Simon Frasier, Axman was the assistant head coach and offensive coordinator at the University of Idaho. Prior to that, he was the wide receivers coach at the University of Washington, a position he assumed before the 2004 season. It was Axman’s second stint on the Huskies staff. Previously, he served as the assistant head coach and quarterbacks coach. Axman oversaw the work of UW record-setting quarterbacks Marques Tuiasosopo and Cody Pickett. During the 2003 season, he was the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach at UCLA. During his career, he has worked at four Pac-10 schools (UCLA, Arizona, Stanford, and Washington).
In 1998, Axman served as the quarterbacks coach at Minnesota. Before that, Axman was the head coach at Northern Arizona from 1990-97. He inherited an NAU program that had experienced just three winning seasons during the 1980s and had never qualified for the Division I-AA postseason playoffs. During his eight years with the Lumberjacks, Axman guided the team to a 48-41 record, making him the second-winningest coach in Northern Arizona history. During his eight-year career, Axman’s teams averaged 30 points per game. His 1996 Lumberjack squad set or tied 14 national records and averaged 43.2 points per game en route to a 9-3 overall record and a 6-1 record in the Big Sky Conference. That season produced a school-best No. 6 national ranking. In 1989, Axman served as quarterbacks coach for Maryland, where he worked with Neil O’Donnell. In 1987-88, he was the offensive coordinator at UCLA, where he coached Troy Aikman. Aikman (Dallas Cowboys) and O’Donnell (Pittsburgh Steelers) competed against one another in Super Bowl XXXII. Prior to UCLA, Axman coached at Stanford (1986), with the Denver Gold of the United States Football League (1985), and at the University of Arizona (1980-1984) as the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach. Axman previously spent a year at Illinois, three seasons at Army, and one season at Albany State. Prior to that, Axman’s first collegiate coaching assignment was at East Stroudsburg State in 1974.
A 1969 graduate of C.W. Post College in Greenvale, NY, Axman went on to earn his first master’s degree from Long Island University in 1972 and his second in 1975 while coaching at East Stroudsburg State College. Axman has authored 11 instructional books on football. He is nationally renowned for his knowledge of offensive fundamentals, schemes, and techniques, particularly quarterback play.
A native of Huntington Station, NY, Axman and his wife, Dr. Marie Axman, an elementary school principal, have four daughters: Mary Beth, Jaclyn, Melissa, and Kimberly, and five grandchildren.