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John Belskis
2006-07 Hall of Fame
Football/Baseball (1975-1979)
John Belskis

"A defensive standout on the gridiron in the late 1970s, John Belskis was a three-time First Team pick in the Indiana Collegiate Conference, which became known as the Heartland Collegiate Conference.

A Kodak All-America selection in 1976, Belskis led the nation in interceptions. The 10 picks he registered still rank as a Valpo single season record. In 1977, Belskis was named the ICC Most Valuable Defensive Back. He also was twice named to the National All-Lutheran Football Team, an honor he received in both 1976 and 1977.

An infielder on the Crusader baseball team, he was a three-year starter, serving as team captain during his senior campaign. He finished his career with 33 stolen bases over his final three seasons.

In 1977, Belskis was named Valparaiso University Athlete of the Year. Following his career at Valpo, Belskis was invited for a tryout for the Chicago Bears of the National Football League, before playing defensive back for the Chicago Fire of the American Football Association in 1981.

Following his playing career, Belskis has gone on to become the head football coach at Downers Grove South High School in Illinois where he has led the school to 13 conference titles in addition to the Class 8A state championship in 2001. In 18 seasons he has posted a 155-45 career record.

2006-07 Hall of Fame
John BelskisFootball/Baseball (1975-1979)
Nathan BuckertTennis (1998-2002)
Aaron CragueCross Country/Track & Field (1998-2003)
Randy GoedeBaseball/Basketball (1966-1970)
Mark PedersenBaseball (1999-2002)
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