2007-08 Football
1 Steve Ogden WR
2 Nicholas Henton WR
3 Trevor Jaskiw WR
4 Darien Jeffers DB
5 Jeff Horton RB
6 Kyle Himmelwright DB
7 James Gregait DB
8 Matt Upshaw QB
9 Corey Nash QB
10 Warren Arnold QB
11 Zack Denny QB
12 Bret Jaskiw WR
13 Mike Miller DB
14 Jason Talbert DB
15 Anthony Curry DB
17 Johnny Doll DB
18 Bobby Wysocki QB
20 Mozale McHenry RB
21 Matt Watkins DB
22 Roger Satur DB
23 Quinn Henoch DB
24 Otis Hosley, Jr. DB
25 Josh Regent-Smith RB
26 John Popper RB
28 Alvaro Barragan P/K
29 Teddy Hollern DB
30 Kris Serra RB
31 Jake Riedel RB
33 JaVon Welch DB
34 Dan Cottin RB
35 Ryan Koepke LB
36 Chris Walsh DB
37 Sean Dillon LB
38 Michael Schatz, Jr. DB
39 Ross Wiemer RB
40 Josh Lynn RB
41 Laurence Treadaway DB
42 Brian Cihlar LB
43 Luke Kanclerz DB
44 Eli Crawford DB
45 Zac Griffin LB
46 Alex Soller DB
47 Matt Mancl LB
48 Micah Williamson LB
49 Zack LaBarre RB
50 Marco Porcelli LB
51 Brett Barry OL
52 David Schuster LB
53 Myke Worthem OL
54 Tristan Manvilla OL
55 Dominick Bellotte DL
56 Dan Marcin DL
57 Andrew Mack DL
58 Rich Grisan LB
59 Brian Laipple DL
60 Matt Noffke OL
61 Dave Wisniewski OL
62 Nathan Richter OL
63 Nick McGarel OL
64 Justin Schmidt DL
65 Brad Schaum OL
66 Pat O'Malley OL
67 Dave Tebo, Jr. OL
68 John Moriarty OL
69 Abdullah Pratt OL
71 Steve Lara OL
72 Tyler Poland DL
73 Doug Keppy OL
75 Tim Kratz OL
76 Jake Jenrich DL
77 Justin Wiler OL
78 Chris Gardner DL
79 Ryan Kozey OL
80 Travis Anderson WR
81 Desmond Lewis WR
82 Sean McCarty WR
83 Ben Faulkner WR
84 Ryan Myers WR
85 Alex Petrik TE
86 Ian Altieri DL
87 Bill Burgett WR
88 Mitch Secrest P/K
89 Matt Dorow TE
91 Tom Oswald TE
94 Gabe Culkin DL
95 Darren Kincaid, Jr. DL
96 Adam Rundh DL
97 Doug Howard DL
98 Dan Van Aartsen K
99 David Hamaker K
Charlie Boston
Matt VanDaele
Brandon Sturman
Matt Ache
Ed Baker
Noah Schroeder
Scott Dueball
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2007-08
Football
Sam Bernardi

Sam Bernardi

POSITION 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.