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April 15, 2014
As part of Valparaiso University’s “Proud to Be Valpo” Day of Giving last week, the athletics department held the first-ever Athletics Alumni Challenge, and the response was tremendous, as 325 former Valpo student-athletes donated upwards of $41,000 to the athletics department. The football and men’s tennis programs each won a $5,000 challenge grant, boasting the greatest number of alumni to make a gift and the highest percentage of alumni to make a gift, respectively.
April 07, 2014
Senior Alex Grask (Naperville, Ill./Central) has signed a three-game contract with the Kangourous de Pessac. The Kangourous compete in France's Elite Division.
March 28, 2014
Head coach Dave Cecchini and his team begin formal practices Wednesday, April 2nd with the Spring Game slated for Saturday, April 26th. All spring practices will be open to the public.
February 27, 2014
Crusader fans and alumni are invited to join new head football Dave Cecchini on Friday, March 14th at Mattone Restaurant and Bar in LaGrange Park, Ill. Free appetizers will be provided as well as a cash bar. Reserve your spot today by contacting the Office of Alumni Relations at 219.464.5537!
February 05, 2014
Follow @valpoufootball and head football coach Dave Cecchini (@DaveCecchini) on Twitter as the football program announces its future Crusaders beginning at 3 pm CT.
January 30, 2014
Crusaders will tackle 12-game slate for first time in program history; homecoming set for Sat. Oct. 11th versus Missouri Baptist. Brown and Gold will open season at Western Illinois on Aug. 28th.
January 25, 2014
Valparaiso University placed 53 members of its football program on the Pioneer Football League’s Academic Honor Roll for their work in the classroom during the Fall 2013 semester.
January 14, 2014
Cecchini brings Miran, Giacalone, Stovall from Lehigh; chooses Moore from University of Chicago, retains Donovan, Snyder, Teegardin, Deutsch.
December 17, 2013
Senior is headed to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina to take part in practices on Thursday and Friday before suiting up December 21st.
December 11, 2013
See what Coach Cecchini had to say in his first interview as head football coach of the Valparaiso Crusaders.
December 11, 2013
Former offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach at Lehigh brings wealth of Division I coaching experience, success to Valparaiso; Cecchini coached Cardinals receiver Andre Roberts at The Citadel, Titans QB Ryan Fitzpatrick at Harvard.
December 04, 2013
A day after being named Honorable Mention on the All-PFL Team, pair are elected to Academic All-PFL Team. Both mechanical engineering majors, Green is First Team member, Barkley Second Team selection.
December 03, 2013
Barkley, Derbak, Guilford, Green, Kuramata all receive Honorable Mention nods on the 2013 All-Pioneer Football League Team.
November 19, 2013
Acting head coach Mike Gravier announced Tanner Kuramata as the team's Offensive MVP, sophomore Alex Green as Defensive MVP for 2013, a season that saw Eric Hoffman become Valpo's career passing leader.
November 16, 2013
Eleven seniors played their final game in front of 1,600-plus fans Saturday. QB Eric Hoffman capped off a record-setting season, but two defensive TDs and a 100-yard kickoff return fueled Dayton 45-20 over the Crusaders at Brown Field.
November 15, 2013
As Valparaiso bids farewell to nearly a dozen seniors, the school looks back on their accomplishments - both on and off the field.
November 15, 2013
The Crusaders close out the 2013 season Saturday afternoon at Brown Field. Eleven seniors will be honored prior to the game as they take the field for the final time wearing the Brown and Gold.
November 10, 2013
Valparaiso director of athletics Mark LaBarbera announced today that Dale Carlson has been relieved of his duties as head coach of the Valparaiso University football program, effective immediately.
November 09, 2013
Bulldogs recorded five touchdown drives of 50+ yards in first half en route to a 72-12 win over Valpo in a battle for the Hoosier Helmet. For the second straight week, Hoffman and Taibi connected for an 86-yard touchdown pass.
November 06, 2013
Saturday will mark the 72nd meeting between Valpo and Butler on the football field. The Crusaders look to spoil their instate rivals' aspirations of a PFL Championship in the Brown and Gold's final road game of the 2013 season.
November 04, 2013
Play-by-play man Todd Ickow spoke with head football coach Dale Carlson on Monday afternoon regarding Butler QB Matt Lancaster, Crusader running back Jabril Baker's effort against San Diego, and the need to remain disciplined against the first-place Bulldogs in Indianapolis this Saturday.
November 02, 2013
San Diego scores 35 points in second half to down Valpo 58-14 at Brown Field Saturday.
November 01, 2013
The Toreros (5-3, 4-1 PFL) enter Saturday's game in a four-way tie for first-place in the Pioneer Football League. Valpo looks to win its second game of the season in a noon kickoff at Brown Field.
October 28, 2013
The Voice of the Crusaders, Todd Ickow, talked with head football coach Dale Carlson in this week's installment of the Valpo Football Preview. The two discussed San Diego QB Mason Mills, defending the pass against the Toreros, and the Crusaders' improved defense.
October 26, 2013
Bulldogs score 16 points in four-and-a-half minute span in the final quarter of Saturday's game at Drake Stadium to overtake Valpo 23-10.
October 24, 2013
Valpo will make the trek across I-80 this weekend as it travels to Des Moines, Iowa for a Saturday tilt with the Drake Bulldogs. The Brown and Gold are seeking their first ever win at historic Drake Stadium.
October 21, 2013
The Voice of the Crusaders, Todd Ickow, chatted with head football coach Dale Carlson Monday afternoon. The two discussed the Drake Bulldogs, red zone opportunities, and an increased number of takeaways.
October 19, 2013
Valpo led 28-19 at the break, but Eagles stormed back and scored 23 unanswered points in second half. The Crusaders fell to 1-6 on the season and 1-3 in the PFL.
October 17, 2013
The Morehead State Eagles ride in to Valparaiso on a two-game winning streak. The Crusaders are looking for back-to-back home wins after knocking off Campbell in Week 5 at Brown Field.
October 14, 2013
Play-by-play man Todd Ickow caught up with head football coach Dale Carlson Monday. The two discussed Morehead State's QB strategy, Valpo's front seven, and protecting quarterback Eric Hoffman.
October 12, 2013
Tanner Kuramata had nine receptions for 170 yards including two TD catches, but Mercer QB John Russ single-handedly manufactured four touchdowns in the Bears win at Anderson Field in Macon, Georgia.
October 10, 2013
Valparaiso (1-4, 1-1 PFL) and Mercer (4-1, 1-1 PFL) collide for the first time ever on the football field Saturday. The Crusaders aim to get on the right side of the .500 mark in PFL play while the Bears are in their first season of football since 1941.
October 07, 2013
Play-by-play announcer Todd Ickow talked about Mercer, what the Crusaders need to do to be successful, and running back Brandon Hall with Dale Carlson Monday in this week's installment of the Valpo Football Preview.
October 05, 2013
Red Foxes score a pair of touchdowns in first six minutes, retain possession of ball for over 22 of final 30 minutes in a 37-0 win over the Crusaders. Alex Green, Brandon Doepke, and John Guilford all record double-digit tackles in Valpo's first PFL loss of 2013.
October 03, 2013
The roles reverse this Saturday as Valpo becomes homecoming guests instead of homecoming hosts. The Marist Red Foxes welcome the Crusaders to Poughkeepsie, New York in a PFL showdown between two 1-0 teams.
October 02, 2013
Patrick Derbak receives invitation to the PFL Senior Scout Bowl in Myrtle Beach in December; Alex Grask named semifinalist for NFF Campbell Trophy, college football's premier scholar-athlete award.
October 02, 2013
Take a look inside the huddle as Crusader quarterback Eric Hoffman straps on the Crusader Cam after he chats with Chris Bradley on Valpo All-Access.
October 01, 2013
Play-by-play announcer Todd Ickow chats with head football coach Dale Carlson about Marist quarterback Chuckie Looney, the Red Foxes' defense, and what the Crusader offense needs to do to be successful Saturday in Poughkeepsie.
September 28, 2013
Up a score in overtime, the Crusader defense stuffed a Campbell 4th down attempt from the one-yard line to give the Brown and Gold their first win in a PFL opener since 2006.
September 27, 2013
As part of the Homecoming festivities this weekend, a number of events will take place in and around the Valparaiso homecoming football game against Campbell, slated for a 1 p.m. kickoff.
September 26, 2013
With the out-of-conference portion of the schedule complete, Valpo and Campbell will tangle Saturday at 1 p.m. in the first full week of Pioneer Football League play. Head coach Dale Carlson and his staff will be participating in the Coach To Cure MD campaign, a program focused on eliminating Duchenne muscular dystrophy. Duchenne MD is the most common fatal genetic disorder during childhood.
September 24, 2013
Play-by-play announcer Todd Ickow caught up with head football coach Dale Carlson Monday. The two discussed the bye week, Campbell's two-QB system, and Valpo running back Jake Hutson's status for Saturday.
September 23, 2013
Duchenne muscular dystrophy is the most common fatal genetic disorder affecting children. This Saturday Valparaiso football coaches will be participating in the Coach To Cure MD program. A $5 donation can be made by texting the word "CURE" to 90999.
September 14, 2013
Eric Hoffman shatters David Macchi's record for passing yards in a game, breaks own record for completions. Quarterback finishes 36 of 55 for 495 yards on the afternoon, but Crusaders allow five touchdowns and a late field goal to negate a 21-point fourth quarter comeback attempt.
September 13, 2013
Crusader football will be participating in the Spread the Love campaign at Saturday's game. Kickoff is set for 1:00 pm and those attending are asked to bring a jar of peanut butter to help feed the hungry in local Lake and Porter counties. This week's game is the first of four that will feature free video streaming on valpoathletics.com.
September 11, 2013
Head football coach Dale Carlson joins the Valpo Coaches Show as the Crusaders prepare for their first home game of the season Saturday versus William Jewell.
September 09, 2013
Play-by-play announcer Todd Ickow chatted with head football coach Dale Carlson Monday afternoon. See what Carlson had to say about Saturday's home opener versus William Jewell, improved special teams play, and more.
September 07, 2013
The Valparaiso football team entered the fourth quarter at Saint Joseph’s (Ind.) with a 23-18 advantage on Saturday, but the Pumas were able to put up 16 points in the quarter, including the eventual game-winning field goal with 4:51 to play, and a late Crusader fourth-down attempt came up short as Valpo fell by a 34-31 final.
September 05, 2013
Valpo and Saint Joseph's clash for the 65th time in school history this weekend. A year ago, Saint Joseph's marched 93 yards in the waning moments of Valpo's season opener to steal a 36-34 victory. The Crusaders will seek revenge in the Pumas' 2013 debut on Saturday.
September 02, 2013
Play-by-play announcer Todd Ickow caught up with head football coach Dale Carlson Monday afternoon. See what Carlson had to say about Saint Joseph's key returners, limiting the big plays, and the kicking situation.
August 29, 2013
Ben Lehman connected with Fred Gladney for a snazzy touchdown in the third quarter, but it was too little too late as North Dakota prevailed 69-10 over the Brown and Gold in Grand Forks.
August 27, 2013
After three and a half weeks of training camp, the Brown and Gold will get their first regular season test against North Dakota Thursday evening. The Crusaders bring a ripe squad into Grand Forks for its season opener inside the Alerus Center.
August 27, 2013
Play-by-play announcer Todd Ickow chatted with head football coach Dale Carlson Monday afternoon. See what the two had to say about the Brown and Gold game, a more mature Crusader roster, and what Valpo can expect from North Dakota in Week 1.
August 21, 2013
Valpo Athletics was on hand as the team held its Media Day Tuesday. Take a look as we caught up with Coach Carlson and a few of the 2013 Crusaders as they prepare for North Dakota - and beyond.
August 17, 2013
Both rookies and veterans made their case for starting assignments. Head coach Dale Carlson cited "camaraderie" as an important byproduct in Saturday's scrimmage.
August 15, 2013
Get a glimpse of a practice in the life of Pass Game Coordinator Alex Bailey and Special Teams Coordinator Kasey Teegardin in this week's edition of Inside Valpo Athletics.
August 13, 2013
Preseason scrimmage is scheduled for Saturday at 1:30 p.m at Brown Field. The intra-squad game is open to the public and admission is free.
August 09, 2013
Listen in as head football coach Dale Carlson runs a practice during training camp this past week. The Crusaders' skipper gets mic'd up in this Thursday's edition of Inside Valpo Athletics.
August 05, 2013
Carlson happy with conditioning results, cites a "high level of confidence" as training camp begins for the Crusaders.
August 01, 2013
Training camp opens this weekend as head coach Dale Carlson and his staff prepare for a challenging PFL, non-conference schedule.
July 30, 2013
Crusaders chosen ahead of Mercer and Stetson; San Diego picked to win PFL.
July 26, 2013
Valparaiso football head coach Dale Carlson announced today the addition of three assistants to the Crusader coaching staff for the 2013 campaign. John Snyder, who most recently was head coach at Chesterton H.S. and returns for his second stint as a member of the Valpo staff, will coach the running backs, while Kenton Evans will coach the quarterbacks and Eric Deutsch will assist in coaching the defensive line.
July 17, 2013
A pair of Valparaiso football players earned preseason Second Team All-Pioneer Football League accolades from Phil Steele's College Football Preview as the publication unveiled its preseason selections this week. Senior linebacker Pat Derbak (Schaumburg, Ill./Schaumburg) was a Second Team choice on defense, while sophomore running back Jake Hutson (Blanchard, Mich./Montabella) earned the Second Team nod both on offense and at kick returner.
July 09, 2013
Valparaiso sophomore running back Jake Hutson (Blanchard, Mich./Montabella) is among 30 players nationwide who have been named to the College Football Performance Awards (CFPA) preseason watch list for its FCS All-Purpose Performer of the Year award.
Softball Northern Illinois 6 VU Softball Field
Apr 8 Valpo 8
Baseball Valpo 5 Evanston, Ill.
Apr 8 Northwestern 12
Softball Northern Illinois 3 8 inn.
Apr 8 Valpo 4
M Track Chicagoland Championships Romeoville, Ill.
Apr 11 5th/17 (20)
W Track Chicagoland Championships Romeoville, Ill.
Apr 11 9th/18 (12)
M Tennis Valpo 5 Detroit, Mich.
Apr 11 Detroit 2
Baseball Youngstown State 7 Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 11 Valpo 10
W Track Chicagoland Championships Romeoville, Ill.
Apr 12 6th/20 (60.50)
M Track Chicagoland Championships Romeoville, Ill.
Apr 12 6th/20 (48)
M Golf Bluegrass Invitational Lexington, Ky. (University Club Big Blue Course)
Apr 12 t-7th/13 (588)
W Golf Crusader/Jaguar Challenge Valparaiso, Ind. (The Course at Aberdeen)
Apr 12 3rd/6 (335); 4th/6 (350)
M Soccer St. Joseph's College Eastgate Field
Apr 12, 10:00 a.m. Valpo
Baseball Youngstown State 1 Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 12, 10:00 a.m. Valpo 13
Softball Cleveland State 3 VU Softball Field
Apr 12, 10:00 a.m. Valpo 2
Volleyball Western Michigan/Butler/Eastern Michigan ARC
Apr 12, 1:45 p.m. Valpo
Softball Cleveland State 4 VU Softball Field
Apr 12, 1:45 p.m. Valpo 6
Baseball Youngstown State 12 Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 12, 1:45 p.m. Valpo 4
W Tennis Valpo 1 Detroit, Mich.
Apr 12, 1:45 p.m. Detroit 6
M Soccer Benedictine Brown Field
Apr 12, 4:00 p.m. Valpo
W Soccer Haitian National Team Brown Field
Apr 12, 7:00 p.m. Valpo
W Golf Crusader/Jaguar Challenge Valparaiso, Ind. (The Course at Aberdeen)
Apr 13 2nd/6 (657); 5th/6 (692)
M Golf Bluegrass Invitational Lexington, Ky. (University Club Big Blue Course)
Apr 13 t-6th/13 (895)
Softball Cleveland State 6 8 inn.
Apr 13 Valpo 7
W Tennis Valpo 1 Rochester, Mich.
Apr 13 Oakland 6
M Tennis Valpo 1 Notre Dame, Ind.
Apr 13 #12 Notre Dame 6
W Tennis Valpo 0 Chicago, Ill.
Apr 14 Chicago State 7
M Tennis Valpo 7 Homewood, Ill.
Apr 15 Chicago State 0
Baseball Valpo CCD
Apr 15 Toledo
M Track Cougar Invitational River Forest, Ill.
Apr 17 No Team Score
W Track Cougar Invitational River Forest, Ill.
Apr 17 No Team Score
Baseball Valpo 4 Milwaukee, Wis.
Apr 17 Milwaukee 0
M Tennis Youngstown State 1 Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 18 Valpo 6
Baseball Valpo 0 Milwaukee, Wis.
Apr 18 Milwaukee 3
Softball Oakland 3 VU Softball Field
Apr 18 Valpo 11
W Tennis Youngstown State Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 18, 4:00 p.m. Valpo
M Golf Wolfpack Spring Open Raleigh, N.C. (Lonnie Poole Golf Course)
Apr 19
M Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19
W Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19
W Tennis Cleveland State Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 19, 10:00 a.m. Valpo
Softball Oakland VU Softball Field
Apr 19, 12:00 p.m. Valpo
Baseball Valpo Milwaukee, Wis.
Apr 19, 1:00 p.m. Milwaukee
Softball Oakland VU Softball Field
Apr 19, 2:00 p.m. Valpo
M Tennis Cleveland State Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 19, 2:00 p.m. Valpo
M Golf Wolfpack Spring Open Raleigh, N.C. (Lonnie Poole Golf Course)
Apr 20
Baseball Kalamazoo Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 21, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
Baseball Ohio Northern Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 22, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
Softball Valpo Macomb, Ill.
Apr 22, 3:00 p.m. Western Illinois
Softball Valpo Macomb, Ill.
Apr 22, 5:00 p.m. Western Illinois
Softball Valpo Notre Dame, Ind.
Apr 24, 5:00 p.m. Notre Dame
M Tennis Valpo Ann Arbor, Mich.
Apr 25, 5:00 p.m. Horizon League Tournament
W Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 25
M Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 25
M Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 25
W Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 25
Baseball UIC Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 25, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
M Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 26
W Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 26
M Tennis Valpo Ann Arbor, Mich.
Apr 26 Horizon League Tournament
W Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 26
M Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 26
Baseball UIC Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 26, 12:00 p.m. Valpo
Softball Valpo Dayton, Ohio
Apr 26, 12:00 p.m. Wright State
Softball Valpo Dayton, Ohio
Apr 26, 2:00 p.m. Wright State
M Tennis Valpo Ann Arbor, Mich.
Apr 27, 2:00 p.m. Horizon League Tournament
M Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 27
W Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 27
Softball Valpo Dayton, Ohio
Apr 27, 12:00 p.m. Wright State
Baseball UIC Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 27, 12:00 p.m. Valpo