Mark LaBarbera
Director of Athletics
Kris Sanders
Administrative Assistant for Athletics
Erik Weiler
Associate Director of Athletics for Internal Operations
Sarah Pruess
Associate Director of Athletics for Compliance/Senior Woman Administrator
Rin Seibert
Director of Recreational Sports/Associate Director of Athletics
Candy Jessen
Assistant Director of Athletics for Business Services
Elizabeth Conard
Assistant Director of Athletics for Academic Support and Student Services
Lissa Yogan
Faculty Athletics Representative
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John Kuka

John Kuka

Associate Director of Athletics

Phone (219) 464-5967

John Kuka joined Valparaiso University as an associate director of athletics in February of 2013. Kuka is responsible for the advancement operations of the athletic department, including all major gift fundraising and oversight of the Crusader Fund.

In his time at Valpo, Kuka is responsible for gifts to renovate Hilltop Gym, the men's basketball and football locker rooms, the Kroencke Hall weight room and several other projects.

Kuka currently serves as the sport administrator for men's tennis, women's tennis, men's soccer, men's and women's track and field and men's and women's cross country, with secondary administrative duties for men's basketball. 

Kuka came to Valparaiso from DePauw University, where he most recently served as Director of Athletics Development and Major Gifts Officer.  In his role at DePauw in athletics development, Kuka was responsible for the overall administration of a campaign to secure more than $70 million in commitments to support DePauw athletics, and coordinated the solicitation of athletic gifts totaling more than $24 million in the first year of the campaign.

As DePauw's Major Gifts Officer, Kuka was esponsible for the active management of a portfolio consisting of prospective and current donors, establishing relationships in order to secure and steward gifts of $100,000 or more.  Prior to stepping into that role, Kuka spent nearly five years working with DePauw's Annual Fund, including nearly three years as Director of the Annual Fund and Executive Director of the Washington C. DePauw Society.  annual giving rose nearly 10% in his time as director of the annual fund, while Kuka also coordinated all activities of DePauw's leadership-level giving society and developed the DePauw Loyalty Society.

Prior to his time at DePauw, Kuka served from May 2004 through August 2006 as the Assistant Dean for Communication in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  Part of his duties at UNC included aiding in the solicitation of select gifts to the School.

Kuka earned his bachelor's degree in government and international studies from Notre Dame in 1998, and received his master's in mass communication from North Carolina in 2004.  In addition, Kuka served in the United States Army from 1998 until 2000.  Kuka is married to his wife, Katie, and the couple has three children: Jack, Maggie and Moira.