Official Athletic Site of the Valparaiso University Crusaders
John Kuka
Associate Director of Athletics
Administration
PHONE: (219) 464-5967 EMAIL: John.Kuka@valpo.edu

John Kuka joined Valparaiso University as an associate director of athletics in February of 2013.  In his role at Valpo, Kuka is responsible for improving the Athletic Department's communication with core constituents, as well as the development of a new Athletics fundraising model.

Kuka came to Valparaiso from DePauw University, where he most recently served as Director of Athletics Development and Major Gifts Officer.  In his role at DePauw in athletics development, Kuka was responsible for the overall administration of a campaign to secure more than $70 million in commitments to support DePauw athletics, and coordinated the solicitation of athletic gifts totaling more than $24 million in the first year of the campaign.

As DePauw's Major Gifts Officer, Kuka was esponsible for the active management of a portfolio consisting of prospective and current donors, establishing relationships in order to secure and steward gifts of $100,000 or more.  Prior to stepping into that role, Kuka spent nearly five years working with DePauw's Annual Fund, including nearly three years as Director of the Annual Fund and Executive Director of the Washington C. DePauw Society.  annual giving rose nearly 10% in his time as director of the annual fund, while Kuka also coordinated all activities of DePauw's leadership-level giving society and developed the DePauw Loyalty Society.

Prior to his time at DePauw, Kuka served from May 2004 through August 2006 as the Assistant Dean for Communication in the School of Journalism and Mass Communication at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.  Part of his duties at UNC included aiding in the solicitation of select gifts to the School.

Kuka earned his bachelor's degree in government and international studies from Notre Dame in 1998, and received his master's in mass communication from North Carolina in 2004.  In addition, Kuka served in the United States Army from 1998 until 2000.  Kuka is married to his wife, Katie, and the couple has three children: Jack, Maggie and Moira.

Administration
Mark LaBarbera
Director of Athletics
Stephen Anthony
Associate Director of Athletics for Business Services
Anne VanKeppel
Associate Director of Athletics for Marketing and Constituent Support
Homer Drew
Associate Director of Athletics
John Kuka
Associate Director of Athletics
Adam Klos
Assistant Director of Athletics for Event Management
Kim Smith
Assistant Director of Athletics for Compliance
Traci Young
Head Coach/Asst. Director of Athletics for Life Skills Program/Senior Woman Administrator
Fred Villarruel
Director of Marketing for Athletics
Jenny Garrett
Associate Director of Marketing for Athletics
Matt LaBarbera
Associate Director of Annual Giving - Athletics
Jamie Anthony
Assistant Compliance Coordinator
Merel Nelson
Operations Coordinator
Candy Jessen
Administrative Assistant for Athletics
Erica Jessen
Athletic Ticket Operations Manager
Renee' Turpa
Group Sales Coordinator
Mark Adams
Faculty Athletics Representative
M Soccer Lake Forest Brown Field
Aug 23, 11:00 a.m. Valpo
M Soccer Lewis Brown Field
Aug 25, 7:00 p.m. Valpo
Football Valpo Macomb, Ill.
Aug 28, 6:00 p.m. Western Illinois
Volleyball Valpo Durham, N.C.
Aug 29, 3:00 p.m. Wofford
M Soccer Valpo Raleigh, N.C.
Aug 29, 6:00 p.m. North Carolina State
Volleyball Valpo Durham, N.C.
Aug 30, 2:00 p.m. Campbell
Volleyball Valpo Durham, N.C.
Aug 30, 6:00 p.m. North Carolina Central
M Soccer Valpo Davidson, N.C.
Aug 31, 3:00 p.m. Davidson
Volleyball IUPUI ARC
Sep 3, 7:00 p.m. Valpo
Volleyball Valpo Brookings, S.D.
Sep 5, 10:00 a.m. UMKC
Volleyball Valpo Brookings, S.D.
Sep 5, 5:00 p.m. Stephen F. Austin
W CC Crusader Open Sunset Hills Farm
Sep 5, 5:00 p.m.
M CC Crusader Open Sunset Hills Farm
Sep 5, 5:45 p.m.
Volleyball Valpo Brookings, S.D.
Sep 6, 2:00 p.m. South Dakota State
Football Saint Joseph's (Ind.) Brown Field
Sep 6, 7:00 p.m. Valpo
M Soccer Valpo Indianapolis, Ind.
Sep 9, 6:00 p.m. Butler