2016-17 Football
1-O Jean Rene WR
1-S Dimitrios Latsonas K
2-O Griffin Norberg RB
2-S CJ Elion K
3 Derrick Estell LB
4 J.J. Nunes DB
5-O Ryan Dugan WR
5-D Bryce Crook DB
6 Idode Kerobo DB
7-O Dalton Stokes QB
7-D Kye Hall LB
8 Ryan Moore WR
9 Ryan Shea WR
10 Jarrett Morgan RB
11 Christian Campbell DB
12 JD Koehler WR
13 Grant Papenfuss QB
14 Joe Mullen QB
15-O Chris Duncan QB
15-D Isaac Lane DB
16 Ryan Clarke QB
17 Brandon Riley DB
18 Mike Wheeler LB
19-O Jimmy Seewald QB
19-D Tyler Newkirk LB
20 Jamari Booker DB
21 Elias Earley WR
22 Kyle Dye DB
23 Kellan Hughes DB
24 Drew Snouffer LB
25-O Parker Fox WR
25-X Denzell Conway WR
26 Tim Foley DB
27 Brett Fox TE
28 Josmar Diaz-Martinez DB
29 Jalin LeAndre DB
30 Frank Catrine WR
31 Dylan Johnson SN
32 Cody Boxrucker RB
33 Gowan Baldwin LB
34 Jay Slone LB
35 Kyle Bender DB
36 Parker Welch SN
37 Kyle Farwick SN
38 Kyle Petroff LB
39 Jack Buckey LB
40 Michael O'Brien LB
41 Charlie Hackett DL
42 Jake Iery DL
43 John Regan LB
44 Kyle Cartales RB
45-O Kenneth Floyd RB
45-D Taylor Allen DB
46 Nolan Fortman DB
47 Matthew Messler LB
48 Brent Dickson DL
49 Nick Turner LB
50 John Horan OL
52 Johnathan Coyne LS
54 Jesse Studyvin DE
55 Connor Sperling RB
56 Tristan De La Rosa DL
57 Torrin Sallis LB
59 Tyree Thomas LB
60 Andrew Lundberg OL
61 Sean Pearce OL
63 Sean Stephens OL
64 Connor Rettig OL
65 Jack Jarnigan OL
67 Eric Rentschler OL
69 Alex Helander OL
70 Brady Sullivan OL
71 Bryce Biggs OL
72 Solomon Kamara OL
73 Tom Schofield OL
74 Brian Lang OL
75 Shannon Taliaferro OL
76 Alex Cotton OL
77 Terrance Roberts OL
78 Ronald Williams OL
80 Austin Petrie RB
81 Brannen Martin TE
82 Jayson Reckards WR
83 Chris Orlich WR
84 Mason Sutter TE
85 Ronnie Reitz WR
86 Bailey Gessinger WR
87-O Martin Petruf TE
87-D Jordan Goebel DL
88 Alex Ng K/P
89 Thomas Hassel TE
90 Brandon Doepke DL
93 James Reed DL
94 James Zajac DL
95 Murphy Osmond DL
97 Michael Penn DL
98 Jake Simpson K
99 Jakob Trumpower DL
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Football
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.