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Crusader Soccer Coaches Earn Contract Extensions
Mike Avery enters his fourth season as men's soccer head coach in 2010. (Ray Acevedo)
Mike Avery enters his fourth season as men's soccer head coach in 2010. (Ray Acevedo)

Friday, July 02, 2010

Valparaiso University director of athletics Mark LaBarbera announced today that women's soccer head coach John Marovich and men's soccer head coach Mike Avery have both agreed to four-year contract extensions to continue at the helms of their respective programs.

“Our soccer programs have shown consistent improvement since our move to the Horizon League, and this is a direct result of Mike and John's efforts,” said LaBarbera. “Mike has proven to be one of college soccer's bright young coaches and an effective leader.  John has shown the skill to continue the tradition of success that began with our Mid-Con championships.  They both care deeply about their student-athletes.  We are pleased to have this long-term partnership with both Coach Avery and Coach Marovich and look forward to watching their teams compete for championships.”

Marovich is entering his third season at head coach of the Crusader women's soccer program after previously serving six years as an assistant coach and as associate head coach. He has guided Valpo to 21 wins in his first two seasons and enters 2010 as the program's all-time leader in winning percentage. Last season, he led the Crusaders to an 11-9-1 record, a third-place finish in the Horizon League during the regular season and a berth in the league championship match.

“My staff and I are very pleased to have the support of our Director of Athletics Mark LaBarbera, Vice President Charley Gillispie and University President Mark Heckler as we move forward with our women's soccer program in the future,” said Marovich. “My family and I are extremely excited to have the opportunity to continue as members of the Valparaiso University community.  I would like to thank all of the individuals that have supported the program, along with the former players who have given great leadership and the current players who continue to sacrifice everyday to take our program to new levels."

“Our team took another step forward last season by reaching the Horizon League Championship match and I am excited to continue to build on that progress in the coming seasons,” continued Marovich.  “As a Northwest Indiana native, I am looking forward to growing not only the soccer program at the University, but to continue to be an active resource for our local youth players. It is truly a privilege to work with our players and I am thrilled that this extension will keep my family and I in Northwest Indiana for years to come.”

Avery is beginning his fourth season as head coach of the Valparaiso men's soccer program. His program's all-time leader in winning percentage as well, Avery guided the Crusader side to a school-record ten victories last season while it also surrendered the second-fewest goals in a single year in program history. 2009 was the first season the Crusader men finished above .500 since 1987 and was just the second squad in program history to earn a win in postseason league tournament play.

“I'd like to thank President Heckler, Vice President Gillispie and Athletic Director LaBarbera for the faith they have shown in me as the head men's soccer coach, and for their continued commitment to our program's growth,” said Avery. “Our program has great momentum right now, and while we still have a ways to go to reach our goals as a program, we have made certain and significant strides.  I am humbled and honored to lead this program through a time of real excitement for soccer, the athletic department, and for the entire Valparaiso University community.”

W Golf Crusader/Jaguar Challenge Valparaiso, Ind. (The Course at Aberdeen)
Apr 13 2nd/6 (657); 5th/6 (692)
M Golf Bluegrass Invitational Lexington, Ky. (University Club Big Blue Course)
Apr 13 t-6th/13 (895)
Softball Cleveland State 6 8 inn.
Apr 13 Valpo 7
W Tennis Valpo 1 Rochester, Mich.
Apr 13 Oakland 6
M Tennis Valpo 1 Notre Dame, Ind.
Apr 13 #12 Notre Dame 6
W Tennis Valpo 0 Chicago, Ill.
Apr 14 Chicago State 7
M Tennis Valpo 7 Homewood, Ill.
Apr 15 Chicago State 0
Baseball Valpo CCD
Apr 15 Toledo
M Track Cougar Invitational River Forest, Ill.
Apr 17 No Team Score
W Track Cougar Invitational River Forest, Ill.
Apr 17 No Team Score
Baseball Valpo 4 Milwaukee, Wis.
Apr 17 Milwaukee 0
M Tennis Youngstown State 1 Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 18 Valpo 6
Baseball Valpo 0 Milwaukee, Wis.
Apr 18 Milwaukee 3
Softball Oakland 3 VU Softball Field
Apr 18 Valpo 11
W Tennis Youngstown State 7 Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 18 Valpo 0
M Golf Wolfpack Spring Open Raleigh, N.C. (Lonnie Poole Golf Course)
Apr 19 CCD
M Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19 2nd/3 (191)
W Track DePaul Invitational Chicago, Ill.
Apr 19 3rd/5 (82)
W Tennis Cleveland State 7 Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 19 Valpo 0
Softball Oakland 1 VU Softball Field
Apr 19 Valpo 2
Baseball Valpo 0 Milwaukee, Wis.
Apr 19 Milwaukee 5
Softball Oakland 4 8 inn.
Apr 19 Valpo 2
M Tennis Cleveland State 5 Valpo Tennis Complex
Apr 19 Valpo 2
M Golf Wolfpack Spring Open Raleigh, N.C. (Lonnie Poole Golf Course)
Apr 20 12th/15 (314)
Baseball Kalamazoo 3 Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 21 Valpo 10
Baseball Ohio Northern 2 Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 22 Valpo 1
Softball Valpo 3 Macomb, Ill.
Apr 22 Western Illinois 1
Softball Valpo 5 Macomb, Ill.
Apr 22 Western Illinois 4
Softball Valpo Notre Dame, Ind.
Apr 24, 5:00 p.m. #21/21 Notre Dame
W Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 25
M Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 25
W Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 25
M Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 25
M Tennis Valpo Ann Arbor, Mich.
Apr 25, 2:00 p.m. UIC
Baseball UIC Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 25, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
M Tennis Valpo Ann Arbor, Mich.
Apr 26, 3:00 p.m. Horizon League Tournament
M Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 26
W Track Miami (Ohio) Invitational Oxford, Ohio
Apr 26
M Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 26
W Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 26
Baseball UIC Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 26, 12:00 p.m. Valpo
Softball Valpo Dayton, Ohio
Apr 26, 12:00 p.m. Wright State
Softball Valpo Dayton, Ohio
Apr 26, 2:00 p.m. Wright State
M Tennis Valpo Ann Arbor, Mich.
Apr 27, 2:00 p.m. Horizon League Tournament
W Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 27
M Golf Horizon League Championship Howey in the Hills, Fla. (Mission Inn Resort & Club)
Apr 27
Softball Valpo Dayton, Ohio
Apr 27, 12:00 p.m. Wright State
Baseball UIC Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 27, 12:00 p.m. Valpo
Baseball Western Michigan Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 29, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
Softball IUPUI VU Softball Field
Apr 29, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
Softball IUPUI VU Softball Field
Apr 29, 5:00 p.m. Valpo
Baseball Chicago State Emory G. Bauer Field
Apr 30, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
Softball Valpo Bloomington, Ind.
Apr 30, 3:00 p.m. Indiana (resumption of suspended game)
Softball Valpo Bloomington, Ind.
Apr 30, 4:00 p.m. Indiana
W Track Horizon League Outdoor Championships Youngstown, Ohio
May 2
M Track Horizon League Outdoor Championships Youngstown, Ohio
May 2
Baseball Oakland Emory G. Bauer Field
May 2, 3:00 p.m. Valpo
M Track Horizon League Outdoor Championships Youngstown, Ohio
May 3
W Track Horizon League Outdoor Championships Youngstown, Ohio
May 3
Baseball Oakland Emory G. Bauer Field
May 3, 12:00 p.m. Valpo
Softball Valpo Green Bay, Wis.
May 3, 1:00 p.m. Green Bay
Softball Valpo Green Bay, Wis.
May 3, 3:00 p.m. Green Bay