Valparaiso University Director of Athletics Mark LaBarbera has announced that Stacy Adams is stepping down as head football coach for the Crusaders effective immediately.
Adams, the 15th coach in the history of Valpo football, took over the program July 27, 2005, and in five seasons led the Crusaders to a 15-40 mark.
“I certainly did not meet my own, nor the university’s expectations as head coach,” Adams stated. “If I can’t do that, then I want to allow someone else the opportunity to do so.”
During his tenure at Valpo, Adams guided 34 All-Pioneer Football League selections, including five Honorable Mention picks in 2009. He guided a mid-major All-America selection in 2005, and was instrumental in the development of the “Battle for the Hoosier Helmet,” a trophy game with instate rival Butler.
“I am very appreciative of everything Stacy Adams has done for Valparaiso and our football program,” LaBarbera said. He was an important part of both of our PFL championships and he has helped the young men in our program become champions in the classroom and in our community. Coach Adams is a good man and we wish him and his family all the best in his future endeavors.”
His players also succeeded in the classroom, as 14 individuals earned Academic All-PFL honors as well as one who earned both Second Team and First Team Academic All-America honors in back-to-back seasons.
Adams also helped the student-athletes reach out in the community, as his teams were involved in multiple civic engagement projects throughout the school year. His teams visited various elementary schools and performed volunteer service for several local organizations.
Adams joined the Crusader staff as an assistant coach in 1991 and was promoted to the offensive coordinator role prior to the 1997 campaign. He was a member of the coaching staff for Valpo’s PFL championship teams in both 2000 and 2003.
“I greatly appreciate the opportunity the university gave me for helping me achieve my dream of being a Division I head football coach,” Adams said. “The next person that takes over the program will inherit an experienced team.”
A national search for a new head football coach will begin immediately.