2015-16 Football
1 Melvin Graham III DB
1-O Keenan Franz WR
2 Cody Cotton DE
3 Derrick Estell LB
4 J.J. Nunes DB
5 Alex Green LB
5-O Ryan Dugan WR
6 Idode Kerobo DB
7 Kye Hall LB
8 Vincent McPherson LB
9 Conner Smith QB
10 Jarrett Morgan WR
11 A.J. Bradley DB
12 Scott Staal QB
13 Dalton Stokes QB
14 Jalin LeAndre DB
15 Ryan Shea WR
15-S Josh Young P
16 Ryan Clarke QB
17 Brandon Riley DB
18 Christian Campbell DB
19 Jake Paliga QB
20 Cody Labanowitz DB
20-O Merek Pierce WR
21 Colin Marcott DB
22 Andrew Johnson DB
23 Kellan Hughes DB
24 Legend Choudhry RB
25 Grayson Bastin RB
26 Tim Foley DB
27 Brett Fox TE
28 Josmar Diaz-Martinez DB
29 Isaac Lane DB
30 Frank Catrine WR
31 Kyle Dye DB
31-O Brandon Hall RB
33 Alexander Kozlowski P
33-O Elias Earley WR
34 Jay Slone LB
36 Drew Snouffer LB
37 Gowan Baldwin LB
38 Jean Rene WR
40 Dominique Bobo DB
41 Charlie Hackett DL
42 John Antkiewicz DE
43 Aaron Brunner TE
44 Matt Mallon RB
45 Kenneth Floyd RB
47 Matthew Messler LB
48 Mike Wheeler LB
49 Jake Hutson RB
50 John Horan OL
51 Nick Turner LB
52 Johnathan Coyne LS
53 John Regan LB
54 Jesse Studyvin DE
55 Jake Iery DL
56 Tristan De La Rosa DL
57 Torrin Sallis LB
58 Jesse Slawnikowski LB
59 Keegan Stidam DL
61 Nate Koeneman OL
62 Houston Underwood OL
63 Jonathan Hammond OL
64 Connor Rettig OL
65 Jack Jarnigan OL
66 Alex Ng K/P
67 Eric Rentschler OL
68 Kyle Jones OL
69 Joseph Miggins OL
70 Brady Sullivan OL
71 Sam Manternach OL
72 Drew White DL
73 Tom Schofield OL
74 Brian Lang OL
75 Shannon Taliaferro OL
76 Alex Cotton OL
77 Terrance Roberts OL
78 Alex Helander OL
79 Andrew Lundberg OL
80 Tyrie Fuller WR
81 Chris Mercer WR
83 Colton Hill WR
84 Mason Sutter TE
85 Sam Savage WR
86 Sam Frelich WR
87-D Brandon Doepke DL
87 Griffin Norberg HB
88 Ryan Moore WR
88-S Jacob Newman K
89 JD Koehler WR
90 John Guilford DL
92 Matthew McGinnis DL
93 Nick Scoville DL
94 David Horak DL
96 Isaac Mercado P/K
97 Michael Penn DL
98 Jake Simpson K
99 Jakob Trumpower DE
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Dave Cecchini

Dave Cecchini

POSITION Head Coach

Valparaiso director of athletics Mark LaBarbera announced Dave Cecchini as the 17th head football coach in school history on Dec. 11, 2013. He enters his fourth season in 2017.

His arrival yielded immediate dividends for the Crusader football program, as evidenced by a four-win campaign that featured a stark improvement on the defensive side of the ball. The 2014 defense allowed 156 fewer points than the 2013 version, and held opponents to 100.1 fewer yards per game than the year prior.  Valpo's four wins were the most in a single season since 2007. 

The team's offense also saw a resurgence in Cecchini's first year at the helm. Valpo more than doubled its total of rushing touchdowns from 2013 with the same cast of running backs. The team also went from averaging 20.8 points per game to 23.9 over the course of a year. Valpo's offensive line also led the nation in fewest sacks per game (0.42).

Cecchini's third year at the helm in 2016 was a season that saw the Crusaders take a large step forward. Valpo finished with its highest Pioneer Football League win total since 2003 and equaled its highest overall win total since 2007. 

Cecchini served as offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach at Lehigh University for four seasons before taking over the reins at Valparaiso. It was his second stint with the Mountain Hawks. Cecchini also worked in the same capacity at The Citadel and Harvard, having coached Tennessee Titans quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick and Arizona Cardinals receiver Andre Roberts.

He rejoined the Lehigh staff as offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach following the 2010 season. Upon his return, the Mountain Hawks enjoyed one of the strongest offensive seasons in program history. Thanks to an offense that averaged over 26 points per game, Lehigh secured its ninth Patriot League Championship in school history. Cecchini coached quarterback Chris Lum, the national runner-up in voting for the Walter Payton Award. Lum, an All-American, broke the Patriot League's single-season record for passing yards (4,378) and touchdown passes (32). Four Mountain Hawks achieved All-American status on Cecchini's watch.

Cecchini took over as offensive coordinator/wide receivers coach at The Citadel in 2007. In his first season with the Bulldogs, the squad set 16 offensive records including points in a season (39.5 PPG) and total offense (437.6 YPG). The 2007 Citadel team finished with the school's best record in 15 years. While in Charleston, Cecchini coached and mentored star receiver Andre Roberts. Under Cecchini's tutelage, Roberts was a First Team All-American who set program records for receptions in a season (95), receiving yards (1,334), and touchdown catches (15). Roberts was selected by the Arizona Cardinals in the third round of the 2010 National Football League Draft.

Cecchini assumed the role of offensive coordinator/quarterbacks and wide receivers coach at Harvard in 2003, where his offensive aptitude paid off right away. Harvard's 2003 offense averaged 461 yards per game, good for fourth in the nation in total offense that year. The 2004 Crimson team crafted a perfect 10-0 record en route to an Ivy League Championship. Harvard set 14 team or individual offensive records with Cecchini at the controls (2003-2006). In 2005, he was bestowed the American Football Coaches Association's Mike Campbell Top Assistant Coach Award after Harvard produced the top offense in 2005.

He is a 1995 graduate of Lehigh. An All-American wide receiver in his playing days, Cecchini established numerous single-season school and Patriot League records including receptions (88), receiving yards (1,318) and touchdown receptions (15) in addition to leading the country in receptions and receiving yards per game.

Cecchini joined the Mountain Hawk coaching staff the fall following his graduation from Lehigh. For the next several seasons he worked his way up, holding the position of quarterbacks coach, wide receivers coach, running backs coach and tight ends coach before ultimately being named assistant head coach in 2001.

Cecchini and his wife Tammy have two sons, Evan and Will.