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Don Bielke
2007-08 Hall of Fame
Basketball/Track and Field (1950-1953)
Don Bielke

A two-sport standout for Valparaiso in the early 1950s, Don Bielke starred on both the basketball court and on the track.

On the hardwood, he became just the second player in Valpo history to be drafted in the NBA when he was selected by the Fort Wayne Pistons. The 1952-1953 Indiana Collegiate Conference Most Valuable Player, he ranks among the top rebounders in school history. In two seasons of varsity competition, his 521 career boards still rank 18th on Valpo’s career charts, and his 370 in 1952-1953 are second most on the single season list. Bielke still holds the single season record for rebounds per game, averaging 15.4 that year. During that same season, the team captain tied the school mark with 40 points at Villanova, and finished the campaign averaging 17.7 points per game.

In track and field, Bielke was a Little All-American his sophomore and junior seasons. He set a school record in the shot put and tied the existing record in the 120-yard high hurdles.

Bielke coached at California Concordia College in Oakland, Calif. for 16 years and then became head basketball coach at California Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks, Calif., where he coached for 10 more seasons. Over his coaching career, he had over 550 wins and was named Coach of the Year several times.

Bielke also was a professor in the kinesiology department and upon retirement was given an Honorary Alumni Award from the University.

2007-08 Hall of Fame
Don BielkeBasketball/Track and Field (1950-1953)
Jeanette GrayBasketball (1999-2003)
Lori MooreSoccer (1999-2002)
Stephanie (Schuricht) PequetteVolleyball (1992-1995)
Casey SchmidtBasketball (1992-1994)
William WilkeCross Country/Track and Field, (1966-1970 – Distinguished Achievement)
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