Football Coaches
Landon Fox
Head Coach
Chris Limbach
Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks Coach
Brian Dougherty
Defensive Coordinator/Safeties Coach
Jon Robinson
Special Teams Coordinator/Linebackers Coach
Brannon Dunn
Defensive Line Coach/Run Game Coordinator
Brad Bustle
Offensive Line Coach
Fred Gladney
Wide Receivers Coach
Alex Curtis
Strength & Conditioning Coach
Cory Colder
Running Backs Coach
Barry Derickson
Tight Ends Coach
RJ Ghilarducci
Nickelbacks Coach
Jackson Smith
Defensive Tackles Coach
Shane Heston
Director of Recruiting
Madison Soliday
Assistant Director of Football Operations
Dena Smiley
Administrative Assistant
Full List
Barry Derickson

Barry Derickson

Tight Ends Coach


Barry Derickson joined the Valpo coaching staff as tight ends coach for the 2020 season. 

Derickson has coached collegiately at a variety of schools, most recently serving as the co-offensive coordinator and offensive line coach at Navarro College in Corsicana, Texas from July 2019 to February 2020. He aided the development of three offensive linemen who earned all-conference accolades, helped his team to a conference championship and contributed to the No. 1 offense in the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA). Derickson’s additional duties at Navarro included coordinating community service and travel.

Prior to arriving at Navarro, Derickson served as the defensive line coach at Wisconsin Stevens Point (July 2018 – July 2019) while also filling the roles of travel and fundraising coordinator and strength and conditioning coordinator. He previously served as a quality control analyst at Eastern Kentucky University (January 2018 to July 2018), the head football coach at Oconto Falls High School in Wisconsin (July 2016 to January 2018) and the co-offensive coordinator/offensive line coach at Howard Payne University in Brownwood, Texas (July 2014 to July 2016).

Derickson started his coaching tenure as the tight ends and inside wide receivers coach at the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh (February 2011 to July 2013) before serving as a graduate assistant director of operations at Angelo State University in San Angelo, Texas (July 2013 – May 2014).

During his head coaching stint at Oconto Falls, Derickson helped eight players achieve all-conference honors in just two years. He rebuilt the team dynamic and culture during his time guiding the program. While at Howard Payne, Derickson led an offense that set a conference record for single-game total offense and ranked among the top 25 nationally in fewest sacks allowed. He guided five linemen to all-conference recognition.

At Wisconsin-Oshkosh, Derickson’s offense ranked fifth nationally in Division-III. His team was ranked fourth in the nation and won a conference title while finishing 13-1 in 2013. He received his bachelor’s degree from Wisconsin Oshkosh in 2013 before earning his master’s from Angelo State in 2015. During his undergraduate tenure, Derickson was a left tackle for the Titans from 2008-2011.

What They’re Saying About Coach Derickson

Todd Throckmorton, Offensive Coordinator / Offensive Line Coach, Southeastern Oklahoma State University: “Coach Derickson is a great addition to the football coaching staff at Valparaiso. He is a detailed coach who builds great relationships with his players. He has experience coaching on both sides of the football and has been a head coach at the high school level. These coaching experiences have made him an excellent teacher and coach. He is a tireless recruiter who will turn over every stone looking for talent for the football program. This is a great hire as tight ends coach.”

Tommy Zagorski, Offensive Coordinator, University of Akron: “Barry is a great, hungry football coach. He’s coached on both sides of the football and has already been a head coach. His attention to detail and his players are second to none. Barry is a riser in the profession who truly loves teaching not only X’s and O’s, but utilizing football as an agent to learn about life. The entire Valpo community is lucky to have him.”

Hunter Sims, Director of Athletics, Howard Payne University: “Coach Derickson sets a high standard and expectation for his student-athletes to be great men, great students and great athletes. He has had tremendous success as a coach.”