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Rod Poppe
1999-2000 Hall of Fame
SPORT(S)
Football & Baseball (1953-1955)
Rod Poppe

"After transferring from the University of Colorado, Rod Poppe became an impact player on Valparaiso University's 1953 and 1954 football teams.

A halfback, Poppe averaged 6.8 yards per carry. In 1954, he was voted team captain and earned team MVP and all-conference honors. He also was a two-year letterwinner in baseball.

Poppe's greatest recognition in sports came from his 37 years as teacher, football, basketball and baseball coach, athletics director and school administrator at his former high school in Marengo, Ill. He was the head football coach for 23 years and compiled a record of 144-54-4, which included a 45-game winning streak. Retired since June of 1994, Poppe was honored by having the Marengo High School outdoor athletic complex named "Rod Poppe Fields." An endowed scholarship in his name assists McHenry (Ill.) County students who attend VU.

1999-2000 Hall of Fame
Richard BeumerBaseball (1955-1959)
Ursula MoserSwimming (1989-1993)
Rod PoppeFootball & Baseball (1953-1955)
Milt SchoonBasketball (1943-1946)
John David ThomasWrestling (1974-1978)
M Soccer Lake Forest Brown Field
Aug 23, 11:00 a.m. Valpo
M Soccer Lewis Brown Field
Aug 25, 7:00 p.m. Valpo
Football Valpo Macomb, Ill.
Aug 28, 6:00 p.m. Western Illinois
Volleyball Valpo Durham, N.C.
Aug 29, 3:00 p.m. Wofford
M Soccer Valpo Raleigh, N.C.
Aug 29, 6:00 p.m. North Carolina State
Volleyball Valpo Durham, N.C.
Aug 30, 2:00 p.m. Campbell
Volleyball Valpo Durham, N.C.
Aug 30, 6:00 p.m. North Carolina Central
M Soccer Valpo Davidson, N.C.
Aug 31, 3:00 p.m. Davidson
Volleyball IUPUI ARC
Sep 3, 7:00 p.m. Valpo
Volleyball Valpo Brookings, S.D.
Sep 5, 10:00 a.m. UMKC
Volleyball Valpo Brookings, S.D.
Sep 5, 5:00 p.m. Stephen F. Austin
W CC Crusader Open Sunset Hills Farm
Sep 5, 5:00 p.m.
M CC Crusader Open Sunset Hills Farm
Sep 5, 5:45 p.m.
Volleyball Valpo Brookings, S.D.
Sep 6, 2:00 p.m. South Dakota State
Football Saint Joseph's (Ind.) Brown Field
Sep 6, 7:00 p.m. Valpo
M Soccer Valpo Indianapolis, Ind.
Sep 9, 6:00 p.m. Butler