Inside Valpo Athletics: Spring Football Edition

Check out this week's edition of Inside Valpo Athletics as head coach Dave Cecchini, quarterback Scott Staal, running back Grayson Bastin, quarterback Ben Lehman, and running back Jake Hutson all reflect on Saturday's spring game and off-season practices.

Gold's Goal Line Stand in Final Seconds Highlights Spring Scrimmage

Saturday saw another rite of spring come to Valpo as the 14th Annual Brown Gold game kicked off at Brown Field. With a new coaching staff in place, it gave fans a chance to see what could be an exciting team come early September.

Football Set for Spring Scrimmage as 2014 Recruiting Class is Unveiled

Crusaders will play their annual spring Brown and Gold football game on Saturday morning, April 26 at Brown Field beginning at 11 a.m. The exhibition comes on the heels of head coach Dave Cecchini announcing a balanced 2014 recruiting class.

Football, Men’s Tennis Earn Prizes in Successful Athletics Alumni Challenge

As part of Valparaiso University’s “Proud to Be Valpo” Day of Giving last week, the athletics department held the first-ever Athletics Alumni Challenge, and the response was tremendous, as 325 former Valpo student-athletes donated upwards of $41,000 to the athletics department. The football and men’s tennis programs each won a $5,000 challenge grant, boasting the greatest number of alumni to make a gift and the highest percentage of alumni to make a gift, respectively.

Grask Inks Professional Contract in France

Senior Alex Grask (Naperville, Ill./Central) has signed a three-game contract with the Kangourous de Pessac. The Kangourous compete in France's Elite Division.

Football's Spring Schedule Released

Head coach Dave Cecchini and his team begin formal practices Wednesday, April 2nd with the Spring Game slated for Saturday, April 26th. All spring practices will be open to the public.

Meet and Greet with Dave Cecchini Scheduled for March 14th

Crusader fans and alumni are invited to join new head football Dave Cecchini on Friday, March 14th at Mattone Restaurant and Bar in LaGrange Park, Ill. Free appetizers will be provided as well as a cash bar. Reserve your spot today by contacting the Office of Alumni Relations at 219.464.5537!

Football to Announce Commits This Afternoon

Follow @valpoufootball and head football coach Dave Cecchini (@DaveCecchini) on Twitter as the football program announces its future Crusaders beginning at 3 pm CT.

2014 Football Schedule Released

Crusaders will tackle 12-game slate for first time in program history; homecoming set for Sat. Oct. 11th versus Missouri Baptist. Brown and Gold will open season at Western Illinois on Aug. 28th.

Record 53 Crusaders Named to PFL Academic Honor Roll

Valparaiso University placed 53 members of its football program on the Pioneer Football League’s Academic Honor Roll for their work in the classroom during the Fall 2013 semester.

Cecchini Announces Coaching Staff

Cecchini brings Miran, Giacalone, Stovall from Lehigh; chooses Moore from University of Chicago, retains Donovan, Snyder, Teegardin, Deutsch.

Derbak to Participate in Saturday's FCS Senior Scout Bowl

Senior is headed to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina to take part in practices on Thursday and Friday before suiting up December 21st.

5 Minutes with Head Coach Dave Cecchini

See what Coach Cecchini had to say in his first interview as head football coach of the Valparaiso Crusaders.

Dave Cecchini Named Head Football Coach

Former offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach at Lehigh brings wealth of Division I coaching experience, success to Valparaiso; Cecchini coached Cardinals receiver Andre Roberts at The Citadel, Titans QB Ryan Fitzpatrick at Harvard.

Green, Barkley Named to Academic All-PFL Teams

A day after being named Honorable Mention on the All-PFL Team, pair are elected to Academic All-PFL Team. Both mechanical engineering majors, Green is First Team member, Barkley Second Team selection.

Crusaders Land Five on All-PFL Team

Barkley, Derbak, Guilford, Green, Kuramata all receive Honorable Mention nods on the 2013 All-Pioneer Football League Team.

Football Names Program Award Winners

Acting head coach Mike Gravier announced Tanner Kuramata as the team's Offensive MVP, sophomore Alex Green as Defensive MVP for 2013, a season that saw Eric Hoffman become Valpo's career passing leader.

Football Season Ends with Loss to Dayton

Eleven seniors played their final game in front of 1,600-plus fans Saturday. QB Eric Hoffman capped off a record-setting season, but two defensive TDs and a 100-yard kickoff return fueled Dayton 45-20 over the Crusaders at Brown Field.

Eleven Seniors to be Recognized Saturday

As Valparaiso bids farewell to nearly a dozen seniors, the school looks back on their accomplishments - both on and off the field.

Valpo Hosts Dayton Saturday on Senior Day

The Crusaders close out the 2013 season Saturday afternoon at Brown Field. Eleven seniors will be honored prior to the game as they take the field for the final time wearing the Brown and Gold.

Carlson Relieved of Duties as Head Coach of Valparaiso Football Program

Valparaiso director of athletics Mark LaBarbera announced today that Dale Carlson has been relieved of his duties as head coach of the Valparaiso University football program, effective immediately.

Crusaders Fall to Bulldogs in Indy

Bulldogs recorded five touchdown drives of 50+ yards in first half en route to a 72-12 win over Valpo in a battle for the Hoosier Helmet. For the second straight week, Hoffman and Taibi connected for an 86-yard touchdown pass.

Hoosier Helmet Up for Grabs Saturday in Indianapolis

Saturday will mark the 72nd meeting between Valpo and Butler on the football field. The Crusaders look to spoil their instate rivals' aspirations of a PFL Championship in the Brown and Gold's final road game of the 2013 season.

Valpo Football Preview: Week 11

Play-by-play man Todd Ickow spoke with head football coach Dale Carlson on Monday afternoon regarding Butler QB Matt Lancaster, Crusader running back Jabril Baker's effort against San Diego, and the need to remain disciplined against the first-place Bulldogs in Indianapolis this Saturday.

Toreros Cruise Past Crusaders

San Diego scores 35 points in second half to down Valpo 58-14 at Brown Field Saturday.

Crusaders to Challenge San Diego Saturday on Military Appreciation Day

The Toreros (5-3, 4-1 PFL) enter Saturday's game in a four-way tie for first-place in the Pioneer Football League. Valpo looks to win its second game of the season in a noon kickoff at Brown Field.

Valpo Football Preview: Week 10

The Voice of the Crusaders, Todd Ickow, talked with head football coach Dale Carlson in this week's installment of the Valpo Football Preview. The two discussed San Diego QB Mason Mills, defending the pass against the Toreros, and the Crusaders' improved defense.

Fourth Quarter Lead Evaporates as Drake Pushes Past Crusaders

Bulldogs score 16 points in four-and-a-half minute span in the final quarter of Saturday's game at Drake Stadium to overtake Valpo 23-10.

Crusaders and Bulldogs Duel in Des Moines Saturday

Valpo will make the trek across I-80 this weekend as it travels to Des Moines, Iowa for a Saturday tilt with the Drake Bulldogs. The Brown and Gold are seeking their first ever win at historic Drake Stadium.

Valpo Football Preview: Week 9

The Voice of the Crusaders, Todd Ickow, chatted with head football coach Dale Carlson Monday afternoon. The two discussed the Drake Bulldogs, red zone opportunities, and an increased number of takeaways.

Morehead State Defeats Crusaders 42-28

Valpo led 28-19 at the break, but Eagles stormed back and scored 23 unanswered points in second half. The Crusaders fell to 1-6 on the season and 1-3 in the PFL.

Crusaders Host Family Weekend as Morehead State Comes to Town

The Morehead State Eagles ride in to Valparaiso on a two-game winning streak. The Crusaders are looking for back-to-back home wins after knocking off Campbell in Week 5 at Brown Field.

Valpo Football Preview: Week 8

Play-by-play man Todd Ickow caught up with head football coach Dale Carlson Monday. The two discussed Morehead State's QB strategy, Valpo's front seven, and protecting quarterback Eric Hoffman.

Mercer Downs Crusaders 35-21

Tanner Kuramata had nine receptions for 170 yards including two TD catches, but Mercer QB John Russ single-handedly manufactured four touchdowns in the Bears win at Anderson Field in Macon, Georgia.

Crusaders Travel to Georgia This Weekend for PFL Tilt with Mercer

Valparaiso (1-4, 1-1 PFL) and Mercer (4-1, 1-1 PFL) collide for the first time ever on the football field Saturday. The Crusaders aim to get on the right side of the .500 mark in PFL play while the Bears are in their first season of football since 1941.

Valpo Football Preview: Week 7

Play-by-play announcer Todd Ickow talked about Mercer, what the Crusaders need to do to be successful, and running back Brandon Hall with Dale Carlson Monday in this week's installment of the Valpo Football Preview.

Marist Jumps Out to Early Lead, Controls Second Half in 37-0 Win over Valpo

Red Foxes score a pair of touchdowns in first six minutes, retain possession of ball for over 22 of final 30 minutes in a 37-0 win over the Crusaders. Alex Green, Brandon Doepke, and John Guilford all record double-digit tackles in Valpo's first PFL loss of 2013.

Crusaders Head East Looking to Build on Homecoming Win

The roles reverse this Saturday as Valpo becomes homecoming guests instead of homecoming hosts. The Marist Red Foxes welcome the Crusaders to Poughkeepsie, New York in a PFL showdown between two 1-0 teams.

Pair of Valpo Seniors Receive National Attention

Patrick Derbak receives invitation to the PFL Senior Scout Bowl in Myrtle Beach in December; Alex Grask named semifinalist for NFF Campbell Trophy, college football's premier scholar-athlete award.

Quarterback Eric Hoffman Joins Valpo All-Access

Take a look inside the huddle as Crusader quarterback Eric Hoffman straps on the Crusader Cam after he chats with Chris Bradley on Valpo All-Access.

Valpo Football Preview: Week 6

Play-by-play announcer Todd Ickow chats with head football coach Dale Carlson about Marist quarterback Chuckie Looney, the Red Foxes' defense, and what the Crusader offense needs to do to be successful Saturday in Poughkeepsie.

Crusaders Stand Their Ground in Thrilling 49-42 OT Win

Up a score in overtime, the Crusader defense stuffed a Campbell 4th down attempt from the one-yard line to give the Brown and Gold their first win in a PFL opener since 2006.

Events Surround Homecoming Football Game on Saturday

As part of the Homecoming festivities this weekend, a number of events will take place in and around the Valparaiso homecoming football game against Campbell, slated for a 1 p.m. kickoff.

Homecoming Date with Campbell Signals Start of PFL Play

With the out-of-conference portion of the schedule complete, Valpo and Campbell will tangle Saturday at 1 p.m. in the first full week of Pioneer Football League play. Head coach Dale Carlson and his staff will be participating in the Coach To Cure MD campaign, a program focused on eliminating Duchenne muscular dystrophy. Duchenne MD is the most common fatal genetic disorder during childhood.

Valpo Football Preview: Week 5

Play-by-play announcer Todd Ickow caught up with head football coach Dale Carlson Monday. The two discussed the bye week, Campbell's two-QB system, and Valpo running back Jake Hutson's status for Saturday.

Crusader Coaches to Take Part in Coach To Cure MD

Duchenne muscular dystrophy is the most common fatal genetic disorder affecting children. This Saturday Valparaiso football coaches will be participating in the Coach To Cure MD program. A $5 donation can be made by texting the word "CURE" to 90999.

Hoffman's Record Setting Day Not Enough in 36-34 Loss to William Jewell

Eric Hoffman shatters David Macchi's record for passing yards in a game, breaks own record for completions. Quarterback finishes 36 of 55 for 495 yards on the afternoon, but Crusaders allow five touchdowns and a late field goal to negate a 21-point fourth quarter comeback attempt.

Valpo Welcomes William Jewell to Brown Field Saturday

Crusader football will be participating in the Spread the Love campaign at Saturday's game. Kickoff is set for 1:00 pm and those attending are asked to bring a jar of peanut butter to help feed the hungry in local Lake and Porter counties. This week's game is the first of four that will feature free video streaming on

Dale Carlson Joins the Valpo Coaches Show

Head football coach Dale Carlson joins the Valpo Coaches Show as the Crusaders prepare for their first home game of the season Saturday versus William Jewell.

Valpo Football Preview: Week 3

Play-by-play announcer Todd Ickow chatted with head football coach Dale Carlson Monday afternoon. See what Carlson had to say about Saturday's home opener versus William Jewell, improved special teams play, and more.

Crusaders Fall on Late Field Goal

The Valparaiso football team entered the fourth quarter at Saint Joseph’s (Ind.) with a 23-18 advantage on Saturday, but the Pumas were able to put up 16 points in the quarter, including the eventual game-winning field goal with 4:51 to play, and a late Crusader fourth-down attempt came up short as Valpo fell by a 34-31 final.

Crusaders Face Familiar Foe in Week 2 Matchup

Valpo and Saint Joseph's clash for the 65th time in school history this weekend. A year ago, Saint Joseph's marched 93 yards in the waning moments of Valpo's season opener to steal a 36-34 victory. The Crusaders will seek revenge in the Pumas' 2013 debut on Saturday.

Valpo Football Preview: Week 2

Play-by-play announcer Todd Ickow caught up with head football coach Dale Carlson Monday afternoon. See what Carlson had to say about Saint Joseph's key returners, limiting the big plays, and the kicking situation.

Crusaders Drop Season Opener at North Dakota

Ben Lehman connected with Fred Gladney for a snazzy touchdown in the third quarter, but it was too little too late as North Dakota prevailed 69-10 over the Brown and Gold in Grand Forks.

Valpo Hits the Road for Showdown with North Dakota

After three and a half weeks of training camp, the Brown and Gold will get their first regular season test against North Dakota Thursday evening. The Crusaders bring a ripe squad into Grand Forks for its season opener inside the Alerus Center.

Valpo Football Preview: Week 1

Play-by-play announcer Todd Ickow chatted with head football coach Dale Carlson Monday afternoon. See what the two had to say about the Brown and Gold game, a more mature Crusader roster, and what Valpo can expect from North Dakota in Week 1.

What You Need to Know - Valpo Football

Valpo Athletics was on hand as the team held its Media Day Tuesday. Take a look as we caught up with Coach Carlson and a few of the 2013 Crusaders as they prepare for North Dakota - and beyond.

Brown vs. Gold Game a Success

Both rookies and veterans made their case for starting assignments. Head coach Dale Carlson cited "camaraderie" as an important byproduct in Saturday's scrimmage.

Bailey, Teegardin Get Mic'd Up for Inside Valpo Athletics

Get a glimpse of a practice in the life of Pass Game Coordinator Alex Bailey and Special Teams Coordinator Kasey Teegardin in this week's edition of Inside Valpo Athletics.

Carlson, Crusaders Prep for Brown and Gold Game

Preseason scrimmage is scheduled for Saturday at 1:30 p.m at Brown Field. The intra-squad game is open to the public and admission is free.

Dale Carlson Joins Inside Valpo Athletics

Listen in as head football coach Dale Carlson runs a practice during training camp this past week. The Crusaders' skipper gets mic'd up in this Thursday's edition of Inside Valpo Athletics.

Crusaders Take to Brown Field for First Time in 2013 Season

Carlson happy with conditioning results, cites a "high level of confidence" as training camp begins for the Crusaders.

As Calendar Turns, Focus Shifts to Gridiron

Training camp opens this weekend as head coach Dale Carlson and his staff prepare for a challenging PFL, non-conference schedule.

Valparaiso Occupies Tenth Spot in Preseason Pioneer Football League Poll

Crusaders chosen ahead of Mercer and Stetson; San Diego picked to win PFL.

Valpo Football Adds Three Assistants to Coaching Staff

Valparaiso football head coach Dale Carlson announced today the addition of three assistants to the Crusader coaching staff for the 2013 campaign. John Snyder, who most recently was head coach at Chesterton H.S. and returns for his second stint as a member of the Valpo staff, will coach the running backs, while Kenton Evans will coach the quarterbacks and Eric Deutsch will assist in coaching the defensive line.

Hutson, Derbak Earn Preseason All-PFL Accolades

A pair of Valparaiso football players earned preseason Second Team All-Pioneer Football League accolades from Phil Steele's College Football Preview as the publication unveiled its preseason selections this week. Senior linebacker Pat Derbak (Schaumburg, Ill./Schaumburg) was a Second Team choice on defense, while sophomore running back Jake Hutson (Blanchard, Mich./Montabella) earned the Second Team nod both on offense and at kick returner.

Hutson Named to CFPA All-Purpose Watch List

Valparaiso sophomore running back Jake Hutson (Blanchard, Mich./Montabella) is among 30 players nationwide who have been named to the College Football Performance Awards (CFPA) preseason watch list for its FCS All-Purpose Performer of the Year award.