Official Athletic Site of the Valparaiso University Crusaders
Traci Young
Head Coach/Asst. Director of Athletics for Life Skills Program/Senior Woman Administrator
Administration
PHONE: (219) 464-5995 EMAIL: Traci.Young@valpo.edu
Traci Young

Traci Young was named Assistant Director of Athletics for Life Skills Programs and Senior Woman Administrator for the Valparaiso University athletic department in June of 2012.  In addition to her administrative role, Young remains head coach of the women's tennis program, a position she has served in since March of 2009.

In her role as assistant athletic director and SWA, Young directs the Crusaders’ life skills programs while also overseeing Valparaiso’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee.  She is a member of Valpo’s Committee for Intercollegiate Athletics, the Hall of Fame Committee, and the Horizon League Executive Council.

On the tennis courts, Young saw one of her players earn the Herb Foster Sportsmanship Award from the Horizon League in 2011.  Since taking over the Valpo program, Young has had 13 players named to the Horizon League’s Fall or Spring Academic Honor Roll.

Young came to Valpo from The Courts of Northwest Indiana, where she served as the tennis director and PTR Certified teaching professional. In her role, Young taught and promoted tennis in the Valparaiso area through marketing private lessons, programs, clinics, and leagues as well as cardio tennis.

Young played her collegiate tennis at Ohio University where she was a team captain, was named the team’s Most Valuable Player, and also was the recipient of the Bobcat Award.  She played USTA junior tennis at the Midwest level as well as nationally in the 12 and under division up through 18s.  She was a member of the Junior Wightman Cup, and, at the age of 16, played on a United States tournament level team in Germany, France, Holland, Belgium, and England through the Tennis:Europe organization.

Young earned her Bachelor of Science in elementary education from Ohio University in 1989 with an emphasis in social studies.  She is currently working towards her Master of Liberal Studies degree at Valparaiso University.

Administration
Mark LaBarbera
Director of Athletics
Stephen Anthony
Associate Director of Athletics for Business Services
Anne VanKeppel
Associate Director of Athletics for Marketing and Constituent Support
Homer Drew
Associate Director of Athletics
John Kuka
Associate Director of Athletics
Adam Klos
Assistant Director of Athletics for Event Management
Kim Smith
Assistant Director of Athletics for Compliance
Traci Young
Head Coach/Asst. Director of Athletics for Life Skills Program/Senior Woman Administrator
Fred Villarruel
Director of Marketing for Athletics
Jenny Garrett
Associate Director of Marketing for Athletics
Matt LaBarbera
Associate Director of Annual Giving - Athletics
Jamie Anthony
Assistant Compliance Coordinator
Merel Nelson
Operations Coordinator
Candy Jessen
Administrative Assistant for Athletics
Erica Jessen
Athletic Ticket Operations Manager
Renee' Turpa
Group Sales Coordinator
Mark Adams
Faculty Athletics Representative
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