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Head Coach
Jason Miran
Offensive Coordinator/Wide Receivers Coach
Vinny Giacalone
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Ernest Moore
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John Snyder
Special Teams Coordinator/Tight Ends Coach
Tony Rouse
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Rob Tulcin
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Jerome Smith
Running Backs Coach
Zach Greiner
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Dena Smiley
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Vinny Giacalone

Vinny Giacalone

Offensive Line Coach/Recruiting Coordinator

Phone (219) 464-6011

Vinny Giacalone is back for his fifth season at Valparaiso in 2018, working as the offensive line coach as well as the program's recruiting coordinator.

Giacalone has been on staff throughout Valpo's impressive turnaround as the Crusaders went from winning three total games - all against the same opponent - in the four years prior to his arrival, to enjoying their first winning season since 2003 in 2017. Giacalone has been in charge of the program's recruiting efforts during the program's resurgence. In addition, Giacalone's offensive line thrived during the team's noteworthy 2017 season, finishing tied for 10th nationally in fewest sacks allowed per game at 0.91. In addition, offensive lineman Tom Schofield was second-team all-league.

Giacalone made an immediate impact with the Brown and Gold in his first season at Valpo, as the Crusaders' offensive line led the nation in fewest sacks allowed per game (0.42) in 2014. Offensive lineman Stuart Barkley was named second-team all-league that season. 

The 2008 Carnegie Mellon graduate was an assistant coach and co-recruiting coordinator at his alma mater for two seasons before making the transition to Lehigh in 2012. In his first year on the Mountain Hawk staff, Giacalone helped mold an offensive line in transition into one of the Patriot League’s top offensive line units. With four first-time starters in the mix, Lehigh led the Patriot League in passing offense and ranked fifth in the nation in fewest sacks allowed.