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Kasey Teegardin is entering his third season at Valparaiso, spending the 2014 season as the team’s tight ends coach after serving the past two seasons as special teams coordinator and linebackers coach.
A native of Palm City, Fla., Teegardin will also serve as the program’s NFL and academic liaison, as well as the Crusaders’ community outreach coordinator.
Coach Teegardin came to Valpo after spending the 2011 season at Division II Northwood University, where he coached the secondary. Prior to his time at Northwood, Teegardin coached at Division II University of Charleston, where he served as the youngest defensive coordinator in the NCAA (hired at age 24) in 2010, leading a defensive attack that ranked 19th in the nation in rush defense.
Teegardin first joined the Golden Eagles staff in 2007 as a graduate assistant coaching the defensive line, before moving on to coach the linebackers in 2008, where he led three All-WVIAC selections.
In 2009, Teegardin became Charleston’s secondary coach for a team which finished the season 9-2 and ranked 19th nationally in the AFCA Poll. He helped lead a defense that led the WVIAC in five defensive categories: rush defense (#13 nationally), scoring defense, total defense, pass efficiency and red zone defense (#6 nationally). UC was also third in the league in interceptions, third down percentage (#23rd nationally) and takeaways (#26 nationally). Teegardin coached four All-WVAIC performers, including the league’s Defensive Player of the Year - safety Chris Woomer.
Teegardin is a 2007 graduate from Charleston with a degree in sport management. He earned his master’s degree in business administration from the school in 2008. During his undergraduate years, Teegardin played linebacker for the football program and was selected a captain his senior season, helping the team to an 8-3 overall record. During his first two seasons at UC, Teegardin also served as an outfielder and catcher for the baseball team.
Special Teams Coordinator