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1 Brandon Shreve WR
2 Alex Morrison RB
3 Jake Burkart FS
4 Joe Milazzo QB
5 Ryan Barno WR
6 Kevin Knutson WR
7 David Macchi QB
9 Matthew Van Daele RB
10 Anthony Freitag LB
11 Elliott Powell DB
12 Dustin Shamburg QB/P
13 Brad Smeja DB
14 Ryan Doerffler QB
15 James Thomson QB
16 John Schaekel DB
17 Michael Allen DB
18 Adam Oas CB
19 Andrew Golitko QB
20 Steven Gage FB
21 Nicholas Haas LB
22 Michael Mroz DB
23 Kevin Schaekel DB
24 Chris Daniels DB
25 Matt Markowski DB
26 Joel Cyrier RB
27 Mark Duncan RB
28 Mike Jones DB
29 Kevin Folk RB
30 Mike Montgomery DB
31 Ambrose Brown DB
32 Nick Reid RB
33 Lawrence Canada LB
34 Jeff Horton RB
36 Charlie Thompson QB
37 Brad Krutsinger DB
39 Kevin Grimoldby RB
40 Jeffrey Vlk DB
41 Devin Whitney DB
42 Tom Stafford QB
43 Ben Faulkner WR
44 Wesley Kosko FB
45 Rob Clark FB
46 Andrew Critchell LB
47 John Tsahas SS
48 Brandon Sturman LB
49 Patrick Cash WR
50 Jimmy Riker DE
51 Kirk Joss LB
52 Maxwell Prange LB
53 Chad Boland DE
54 Kris Lieder LB
55 Sean Heilig DL
56 Steven Hlady C
57 Michael Schnoor LB
58 Ryan Palonka OL
59 Ted Soller DL
60 Ryan Krueger LB
61 Kevin Rivera LB
62 Terrance McBryde LB
63 Ross Connor DL
64 Joseph Ruane OL
65 Joshua Whelton OL
66 Bill Marshall DL
67 Adam Gregait OL
68 Mike Schilling OL
69 Nate Fitterer K
70 Nathan Wagner OL
71 Kyle Padgett OL
72 Jay Adams DB
73 Matt Hoffmann DL
74 Casey Losiniecki OL
75 Jeremy Cummings DL
76 Paul Montgomery OL
77 Ian Anderson OL
78 Christopher Turnblom OL
79 Travis Davis DL
80 Steven Joyce K
81 Kenny Keil TE
82 Andrew McCawley K/P
83 William Marshall TE
84 Tom Schmidt TE
85 Pat Rohde TE
86 Jason Moran WR
87 James Cantrell WR
88 Jake Feit TE/LS
89 Rob Giancola WR
90 Nick Hausmann DE
91 Ryan Bateman P/PK
92 Xavier Freeman DE
94 Brandon Bogenschutz TE
95 Seungyeup Ro DT
96 Matthew Collett DL
97 Erik Lynch TE
98 Bradford Riley DL
99 Jason Brunelli DL
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Sam Bernardi

Sam Bernardi

POSITION Associate Head Coach/Defensive Coordinator

Sam Bernardi returned to the Valparaiso sidelines for the second time in his career prior to the 2006 season.  A member of the Crusader coaching staff from 1991-2004, he stepped away from the game of football for the 2005 season.

The Crusaders’ defensive coordinator, Bernardi also oversees the linebacking corps on a daily basis for the Brown and Gold.  He was promoted to associate head coach in 1999 after being named the defensive coordinator beginning in the 1995 season.  In addition, Bernardi serves as the program’s recruiting coordinator.

Bernardi’s defensive corps ranked 11th in the nation in pass defense in 2008, allowing just 158.1 yards per game through the air.  The Crusaders also had a Pioneer Football League-leading 17 interceptions on the season.

In 2007, Bernardi’s defense ranked 12th nationally among all NCAA Division I-FCS schools averaging 2.73 sacks per game.  In addition, the Brown and Gold held opponents to just 123.3 yards per game on the ground, 20th best in the country.

Bernardi’s defense played an integral role during Valpo’s Pioneer Football League championship seasons of 2000 and 2003.  The 2003 defense led the league in sacks and ranked third in pass efficiency defense.  In 2004, Valpo led the PFL in passing defense.

Throughout his tenure on the staff, Valpo’s defense has been dominant.  The Crusaders led the PFL in total defense and rushing defense in 2000, while the 1999 squad tied for the top spot in NCAA I-AA in turnover margin.  That same season, Valparaiso led the PFL in rushing defense while the 1998 team led the league in total defense, turnover margin, and pass efficiency defense.

Prior to being named the defensive coordinator, Bernardi guided the secondary and special teams for the Brown and Gold for four seasons.  He had a major impact in the area of special teams, which enjoyed success each year.  In 1993, the special teams scored four touchdowns, three of which came after blocked punts.

Bernardi arrived at Valpo after assisting at Valparaiso High School from 1988-1990, where he tutored the defensive ends, tight ends, and helped with special teams.

He graduated from Indiana University in 1990 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in sports marketing and management.  Sam and his wife, Heidi, have two children, Sam IV, born in 1999, and Sydney, born in 2001.