A two-sport standout during his time at Valparaiso, Paul Naumann went on to a long and distinguished coaching career, and on Saturday, February 16, he will be inducted into the Valparaiso University Athletics Hall of Fame.
Naumann, a 1957 graduate of Valparaiso University, was a First Team All-Conference honoree on the baseball diamond as a freshman. On the gridiron, Naumann set single-game touchdown (4) and points scored (24) records during his senior season that still stand to this day. He rushed for 1,278 yards over his Crusader career, leading the team as a senior in both rushing yards (637) and receiving yards (264).
Following graduation, Naumann coached multiple sports at Concordia (Wis.) University before moving on to Brookfield East H.S., followed by a move to Brookfield Central H.S. Naumann spent 38 years in total coaching a total of 102 teams, leading his squads to numerous conference championships.
Naumann was named Wisconsin High School Golf Coach of the Year in 1978 and Wisconsin Basketball High School Coach of the Year in 1985 after leading the respective squads to Wisconsin Class A state titles. He was inducted into the Wisconsin High School Golf Coaches Hall of Fame in 1997 and the Concordia University Coaches and Athletes Hall of Fame in 2002.
The Valparaiso University Athletics Hall of Fame Induction Banquet will be held on Saturday, Feb. 16 at the Athletics-Recreation Center in Hilltop Gym on campus. The banquet is slated to begin at 11 a.m. The cost of the banquet is $30 per person, and reservations can be made by calling Sharon Jackson at 219.464.5471 or 800.803.7184 ext. 72. The deadline for making reservations is Friday, Feb. 8. This year's inductees will also be recognized at halftime of both the men's and women's basketball games that day.