Best of Valpo Athletics 2014-2015: Final Four Unveiled!
The results are in from the quarterfinal round of voting for the Best of Valpo Athletics 2014-15 bracket, and with nearly 700 votes, Crusader fans have spoken. The final four includes two Horizon League title wins, a program first and an entry into the NCAA record books. Voting is open now as the field gets narrowed down to just two!
119 Valparaiso Student-Athletes Named to HL Academic Honor Roll
Valparaiso student-athletes continue to excel in the classroom, as 119 Crusaders earned a spot on the Horizon League Spring 2015 Academic Honor Roll, as released today by the league office.
15 Crusaders Earn Spring Academic All-League Honors
15 Valparaiso student-athletes earned spots on the Horizon League Spring Academic All-League teams, as announced by the league office this morning. Men’s outdoor track and field had five athletes honored, while baseball, men’s golf and women’s outdoor track and field each had three selections to go with one from men’s tennis.
First Round Results In; Quarterfinal Voting Open Now!
Like any good bracket, the first round of the Best of Valpo Athletics 2014-2015 bracket featured some tight battles and some potentially surprising victors. With nearly 300 votes cast, click inside to see the first-round winners as the 16 get cut down to 8, and cast your votes in the quarterfinal round now!
Best of Valpo Athletics: 2014-2015 Bracket Unveiled
First-round matchups are now open for voting for the Best of Valpo Athletics for the 2014-2015 school year! Click into the story to see descriptions of all 16 nominees and scroll to the bottom of the page to vote and help narrow the top moments, performances and plays of the past year from 16 down to 1.
Join Valpo Athletics at the Crusader Fund Coaches Classic!
The Crusader Fund, in conjunction with Valpo Athletics and Alumni Relations, invites you to participate in the 2nd Annual Crusader Fund Coaches Classic June 19-20, 2015.
Valpo Finishes Fourth in McCafferty Trophy Race
The Valparaiso University athletic department posted its highest finish in the Horizon League’s McCafferty Trophy standings since the Crusaders joined the league in 2007, placing fourth as the league announced the final 2014-15 standings on Thursday. Valpo finished third in the race for the men’s sports title as well.
Four Valparaiso Athletic Programs Earn NCAA Recognition
Four athletic teams from Valparaiso University have received the NCAA Public Recognition Award for outstanding academic performance.
Athletics Director Thanks Northwest Indiana
Valparaiso University director of athletics Mark LaBarbera thanks the city of Valparaiso and the Northwest Indiana community for their support throughout the 2014-2015 athletic season.
Smith, Young Promoted to Associate ADs
Director of Athletics Mark LaBarbera announced the promotions of Kim Smith and Traci Young to Associate Directors of Athletics on Monday morning. Smith will inherit the role of Associate Director of Athletics for Compliance in addition to serving as the department's Senior Woman Administrator (SWA). Young accepts a promotion to Associate Director of Athletics for Life Skills while retaining her position as head women's tennis coach.
Year-End Awards Presented at Valparaiso’s ARC Awards Sunday
Valparaiso University’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) announced its year-end awards on Sunday evening at the seventh annual Athletic Recognition Ceremony (ARC) Awards.
Valpo Athletics Announces Crusader Scholarship Challenge Winners
The 2014-2015 Crusader Scholarship Challenge helped boost student attendance at sporting events while increasing the university's social media outreach. Check out the story to see what our winners had to say, including Cole Evans, who received one academic year of free tuition.
Second Annual Athletics Alumni Challenge a Success
The 2015 Athletics Alumni Challenge, held in conjunction with the University-wide Day of Giving, Proud to Be Valpo, was a huge success. This year’s challenge topped last year’s in every way. 339 former Valpo student-athletes, representing every sport that the University sponsors, gave back. This includes 69 former student-athletes who made gifts for the first time. In total, over $56,000 was raised for Valpo Athletics, with nine different teams receiving more than $1,000 in gifts. The total amount received is a 36% increase from last year’s Athletics Alumni Challenge.
Palace, Peters Named Athletes of the Month
Valparaiso University sophomore baseball player Nate Palace (Westlake Village, Calif./Oaks Christian) and junior track and field athlete Sarah Peters (LaGrange, Ill./Lyons Township) have been named the athletic department’s Student-Athletes of the Month for March.
Eight Crusaders Earn Winter Academic All-League Accolades
Valparaiso University placed eight student-athletes over four sports on the Horizon League’s 2015 Winter Academic All-League Teams, as announced today by the league office. Men's indoor track and field had three student-athletes honored, while men's basketball and women's indoor track and field had two apiece and men's swimming had one as well.
132 Valpo Student-Athletes Honored at Annual Honors Banquet
Valparaiso University awarded 132 student-athletes with Presidential Academic Honors while also handing out the Laurel Award at the 24th Annual Student-Athletes Academic Honors Banquet held on Sunday evening in the Christopher Center.
Valpo Athletics Teams Up with Operation Hat Trick
Valpo Athletics is proud to announce a partnership with Operation Hat Trick. Operation Hat Trick generates awareness, support, and funding for the recovery of America’s wounded warriors, both active service members and veterans. Hats are now available in the Valparaiso University Bookstore for $22.
Dunn, Calombaris Named Athletes of the Month
Valparaiso sophomore men's tennis player Kyle Dunn (Fond du Lac, Wis./Fond du Lac) and sophomore softball player Jorgi Calombaris (Frankfort, Ill./Lincoln-Way East) have been named the athletic department’s Student-Athletes of the Month for February.
Zosso, Gomez Barrientos Named Athletes of the Month
Valparaiso sophomore men's track and field athlete Justin Zosso (Chesterton, Ind./Chesterton) and freshman women's swimmer Dani Gomez Barrientos (Mexico City, Mexico/Grandview [Fla.] Prep) have been named the athletic department’s Student-Athletes of the Month for January.
Valpo Athletics Announces Spring Social Rewards Prizes
Valparaiso Athletics is happy to reveal the prizes for the Crusader Social Rewards program for the spring 2015 semester. Students, faculty and staff, and fans and alumni can win prizes simply by registering through the Social Rewards website and interacting with Valpo Athletics on social media.
Valparaiso Places 10 On Fall Academic All-League Squads
Valparaiso placed a league-high 10 student-athletes over five sports on the Horizon League's 2014 Fall Academic All-League Teams, as announced today by the league office.
Valpo Athletics Mourns the Passing of Milt Schoon
Milt Schoon, a member of the Valparaiso Athletics Hall of Fame and a key component of the Crusader men’s basketball program in the mid-1940’s, passed away Sunday at the age of 92.
115 Valparaiso Student-Athletes Named to HL Academic Honor Roll
Valparaiso student-athletes continue to excel in the classroom, as 115 Crusaders earned a spot on the Horizon League Fall 2014 Academic Honor Roll, as released today by the league office.
Peters, Franklin Named Athletes of the Month
Alec Peters (men's basketball) and Dani Franklin (women's basketball) have been named the Valparaiso athletic department's Student-Athletes of the Month for December.
Valparaiso Athletics Announces Hall of Fame Class of 2015
Four individuals will be inducted into the Valparaiso University Athletics Hall of Fame on Saturday, Feb. 21. Carolyn Schlie Femovich, Eric Kenesie, Laura (Rolf) Krupar and Gary Schroeder comprise the 18th class in Hall of Fame history.
Green, Decker Named Athletes of the Month
Alex Green (football) and Torrie Decker (bowling) have been named the Valparaiso athletic department's Student-Athletes of the Month for November.
LaBarbera Named to NCAA Division I Council
Valparaiso University director of athletics Mark LaBarbera has been appointed to represent the Horizon League on the first NCAA Division I Council.
Worth the Weight: Valpo's Bartholomew Finding His Niche
Former Valpo track and field star Steve Bartholomew owns three school records. The Valparaiso native is now finding immense success owning his business. Learn about Bartholomew's remarkable story in our latest feature.
Castro Diaz, Cronin Named Athletes of the Month
Gonzalo Castro Diaz (men's swimming) and April Cronin (women's soccer) have been named the Valparaiso athletic department's Student-Athletes of the Month for October.
Hoger Track Dedicated Saturday Afternoon
In front of a large Homecoming crowd, the Warren G. Hoger Track was officially dedicated at Brown Field during halftime of Saturday's football game.
Nominations Being Accepted for Valparaiso Athletics Hall of Fame
Nominations are open through Monday, October 13 to be included in the pool of candidates for the Valparaiso University Hall of Fame Class of 2015. Former student-athletes whose last season of competition was 2008-09 or earlier are eligible to be nominated.
Nico Campbell, Emily Campbell Named Valpo Athletes of the Month
Nico Campbell (men's soccer) and Emily Campbell (volleyball) have been named the Valparaiso athletic department's Student-Athletes of the Month for August/September.
Crusaders Raising Money as Part of Breast Cancer Awareness Activities
The Valparaiso University Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) will be raising money for the American Cancer Society at home events throughout the next month as part of its Breast Cancer Awareness campaign.
#oneVALPO Initiative Sweeping Communities Near and Far
A pair of disgraceful incidents on the soccer field last year have served as a catalyst for virtuous change on - and off - the pitch for Valpo Men's Soccer. The club's #oneVALPO campaign has flourished as head coach Mike Avery has received unanimous support both internally and from competition.
Todd Ickow: The Man Behind the Mic
Once classmates with Joe Buck at Indiana University, Todd Ickow begins his 24th year in the radio booth for Valpo Athletics. For Ickow, announcing is just one of a myriad of hobbies for the poker player, horse owner, and former restaurateur. Learn more about Valpo's ramblin', gamblin' man in this feature.
Valparaiso Announces Fall HLN Offerings, New Digital Presence
24 Valparaiso home events to be streamed this fall via the Horizon League Network, including 12 volleyball, four football, four men's soccer and four women's soccer games. Department also unveiled its new digital brand identity - Valpo All-Access.
Six Valpo Student-Athletes Receive Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholar Award
Six Valparaiso University student-athletes received the Arthur Ashe Jr. Sports Scholar Awards as selected by Diverse: Issues in Higher Education magazine. The award recognizes minority undergraduate students who have made achieving both academically and athletically a winning combination.
Crusader Scholarship Challenge Kicks Off Friday
The Crusader Scholarship Challenge starts THIS FRIDAY with the women's soccer's regular season opener versus Belmont at Brown Field at 7:30 p.m. Click on the story to learn more!
Valpo Athletics Redesign Launches Friday
Fans, get ready for the newly designed ValpoAthletics.com, launching Friday, August 1!
Valpo Athletics Announces Crusader Scholarship Challenge
Are you Valpo Athletics' biggest fan? If so, we're willing to reward you with as much as one year of FREE tuition! Click the story to read more about the largest promotion in Valparaiso University's history
Good as Gold: Cisneros Reflects on Valpo, Paralympic Career
Nearly two decades ago, Patty Cisneros lost the use of her legs in an automobile accident. What she went on to accomplish can be described only as awe-inspiring. The Valpo Athletics Hall of Famer, graduate, two-time Paralympic Gold Medalist, newlywed, and proud mother shared her story this past week.