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Dale Carlson Named 16th Head Coach in Valparaiso University Football History
Dale Carlson was named the 16th coach in Valparaiso football history on Friday. (Ray Acevedo)
Dale Carlson was named the 16th coach in Valparaiso football history on Friday. (Ray Acevedo)
Crusader director of athletics Mark LaBarbera made Friday's announcement. (Ray Acevedo)
Crusader director of athletics Mark LaBarbera made Friday's announcement. (Ray Acevedo)

Friday, January 15, 2010

Valparaiso University director of athletics Mark LaBarbera has announced that Dale Carlson has been named the 16th head football coach in Crusader history.

“Coach Carlson has all the attributes we set out to find in our head football coach,” LaBarbera said.  “He has a proven record of success on the field, a commitment to the success of student-athletes, and an understanding on how to build a championship program.  We are very excited about the style of play he will bring to Brown Field and the enthusiasm he has demonstrated for creating quality football here at Valpo.

Carlson arrives at Valpo from Ohio Dominican University in Columbus, Ohio, where he guided the Panthers to a 36-27 record over the past six seasons, including 7-3 marks each of the last two years.  The 2009 season marked his 21st year as a collegiate head coach overall, where he has posted a 110-103-3 career mark.

“I am very excited to be the next head football coach at Valparaiso University,” Carlson said.  “For years Valpo has been known for its strong academic programs.  I really believe the combination of academics and renewed commitment to the football program will result in an atmosphere that will lead to success on the field.”

At Ohio Dominican, Carlson began the program prior to the 2004 season.  He led the Panthers to an undefeated regular season in 2007 and a Mid-States Football Association-Mideast League championship.  ODU went on to defeat The Cumberlands in the NAIA playoffs before finishing the season 12-1 overall.  The Panthers’ offense led all of college football averaging more than 50 points per game, while leading NAIA with more than 550 yards of total offense in that same season.

In six years at Ohio Dominican, he has produced five All-Americans, seven Academic All-Americans, and more than 90 All-Conference performers.  This season he was named the NAIA Independent Coach of the Year while earning MSFA-Mideast League Coach of the Year honors in 2007.  He also earned American Football Coaches Association Region II and American Football Monthly/Schutt Sports NAIA National Coach of the Year honors in 2007.

Prior to his stint at Ohio Dominican, Carlson spent eight seasons as the head football coach at Tri-State University in Angola, Ind.  Here he also began the intercollegiate football program, leading the school to 11 victories in 1998.  That same season he led the Thunder to the NAIA semifinals and a number three ranking nationally in the final NAIA poll.  He also led Tri-State to the Mideast Conference championship in 2001, the same season he was named league’s Coach of the Year.

Carlson has also spent four seasons as the head coach at Taylor University in Upland, Ind. as well as three seasons at Lakeland College in Sheboygan, Wis.  He began his collegiate coaching as the offensive line coach at ElmhurstCollege and also served as an assistant coach at Franklin College and Grand Valley State University prior to his first head coaching position.

A linebacker in college, Carlson earned his Bachelor of Arts at Concordia University-Chicago majoring in physical education while earning a Master of Science in Education from Chicago State University.

Carlson is a member of the American Football Coaches Association and served as the president of the NAIA Football Coaches Association in 2001 and 2002.

Carlson takes over for Stacy Adams, who stepped down as head coach in late November.

“It is going to be a challenge, but if our current players commit to what our coaching staff asks them to do, I fully believe we can compete at the top of the Pioneer Football League,” Carlson stated.  “I am looking forward to recruiting student-athletes who aspire to greatness in the classroom, on the football field, and want to help us build a championship program at Valparaiso University.”

Dale Carlson's Year-by-Year Coaching Record

 

1987                        Lakeland College                             6-3

1988                        Lakeland College                             5-5

1989                        Lakeland College                             2-7-2

1990                        Taylor University                              5-5

1991                        Taylor University                              3-7

1992                        Taylor University                              2-7-1

1993                        Taylor University                              4-7

1995                        Tri-State University                          2-5

1996                        Tri-State University                          4-6

1997                        Tri-State University                          4-6

1998                        Tri-State University                          11-3

1999                        Tri-State University                          6-4

2000                        Tri-State University                          6-5

2001                        Tri-State University                          8-3

2002                        Tri-State University                          6-3

2004                        Ohio Dominican University                0-10

2005                        Ohio Dominican University                3-7

2006                        Ohio Dominican University                7-3

2007                        Ohio Dominican University                12-1

2008                        Ohio Dominican University                7-3

2009                        Ohio Dominican University                7-3

                                                   21 Seasons                                                   110-103-3 

 

W Golf Crusader/Jaguar Challenge Valparaiso, Ind. (The Course at Aberdeen)
Apr 13 2nd/6 (657); 5th/6 (692)
M Golf Bluegrass Invitational Lexington, Ky. (University Club Big Blue Course)
Apr 13 t-6th/13 (895)
Softball Cleveland State 6 8 inn.
Apr 13 Valpo 7
W Tennis Valpo 1 Rochester, Mich.
Apr 13 Oakland 6
M Tennis Valpo 1 Notre Dame, Ind.
Apr 13 #12 Notre Dame 6
W Tennis Valpo 0 Chicago, Ill.
Apr 14 Chicago State 7
M Tennis Valpo 7 Homewood, Ill.
Apr 15 Chicago State 0
Baseball Valpo CCD
Apr 15 Toledo
M Track Cougar Invitational River Forest, Ill.
Apr 17 No Team Score
W Track Cougar Invitational River Forest, Ill.
Apr 17 No Team Score
Baseball Valpo 4 Milwaukee, Wis.
Apr 17 Milwaukee 0
M Tennis Youngstown State 1 Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 18 Valpo 6
Baseball Valpo 0 Milwaukee, Wis.
Apr 18 Milwaukee 3
Softball Oakland 3 VU Softball Field
Apr 18 Valpo 11
W Tennis Youngstown State 7 Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 18 Valpo 0
M Golf Wolfpack Spring Open Raleigh, N.C. (Lonnie Poole Golf Course)
Apr 19 CCD
M Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19 2nd/3 (191)
W Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19 3rd/5 (82)
W Tennis Cleveland State 7 Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 19 Valpo 0
Softball Oakland 1 VU Softball Field
Apr 19 Valpo 2
Baseball Valpo 0 Milwaukee, Wis.
Apr 19 Milwaukee 5
Softball Oakland 4 8 inn.
Apr 19 Valpo 2
M Tennis Cleveland State 5 Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 19 Valpo 2
M Golf Wolfpack Spring Open Raleigh, N.C. (Lonnie Poole Golf Course)
Apr 20 12th/15 (314)
Baseball Kalamazoo 3 Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 21 Valpo 10
Baseball Ohio Northern 2 Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 22 Valpo 1
Softball Valpo 3 Macomb, Ill.
Apr 22 Western Illinois 1
Softball Valpo 5 Macomb, Ill.
Apr 22 Western Illinois 4
Softball Valpo Notre Dame, Ind.
Apr 24, 5:00 p.m. #21/21 Notre Dame
W Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 25
M Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 25
W Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 25
M Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 25
M Tennis Valpo Ann Arbor, Mich.
Apr 25, 2:00 p.m. UIC
Baseball UIC Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 25, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
M Tennis Valpo Ann Arbor, Mich.
Apr 26, 3:00 p.m. Horizon League Tournament
M Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 26
W Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 26
M Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 26
W Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 26
Baseball UIC Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 26, 12:00 p.m. Valpo
Softball Valpo Dayton, Ohio
Apr 26, 12:00 p.m. Wright State
Softball Valpo Dayton, Ohio
Apr 26, 2:00 p.m. Wright State
M Tennis Valpo Ann Arbor, Mich.
Apr 27, 2:00 p.m. Horizon League Tournament
W Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 27
M Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 27
Softball Valpo Dayton, Ohio
Apr 27, 12:00 p.m. Wright State
Baseball UIC Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 27, 12:00 p.m. Valpo
Baseball Western Michigan Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 29, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
Softball IUPUI VU Softball Field
Apr 29, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
Softball IUPUI VU Softball Field
Apr 29, 5:00 p.m. Valpo
Baseball Chicago State Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 30, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
Softball Valpo Bloomington, Ind.
Apr 30, 3:00 p.m. Indiana (resumption of suspended game)
Softball Valpo Bloomington, Ind.
Apr 30, 4:00 p.m. Indiana
W Track Horizon League Outdoor Championships Youngstown, Ohio
May 2
M Track Horizon League Outdoor Championships Youngstown, Ohio
May 2
Baseball Oakland Emory G. Bauer Field
May 2, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
M Track Horizon League Outdoor Championships Youngstown, Ohio
May 3
W Track Horizon League Outdoor Championships Youngstown, Ohio
May 3
Baseball Oakland Emory G. Bauer Field
May 3, 12:00 p.m. Valpo
Softball Valpo Green Bay, Wis.
May 3, 1:00 p.m. Green Bay
Softball Valpo Green Bay, Wis.
May 3, 3:00 p.m. Green Bay