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Randy Schneider
Head Coach
2007-08 Softball Coaches
PHONE: (219) 464-5047 EMAIL: Randy.Schneider@valpo.edu
Randy Schneider

The winningest coach in Valpo softball history, Randy Schneider guides Valparaiso into the 2010 campaign for his seventh season on the Crusader bench.

The 2009 Crusaders were an offensive juggernaut, as ten team single-season records and six individual single-season marks were set by the squad.  Schneider’s players hit .312 on the season while scoring better than five runs per game.  Schneider guided the Crusaders to 25 wins last year, increasing his record tally to 137, and their third straight season above the .500 mark.

Schneider earned Horizon League Co-Coach of the Year honors in 2008 after leading Valpo to a school-record 30 wins and a second place finish in the league standings.  Included among the 30 wins was the Crusaders’ first-ever victory over a ranked squad, a 7-5 win over #23 Maryland.  Valpo also ended the season atop the nation in stolen bases/game, swiping 2.57 bases/contest.

Schneider got the 2007 Crusader team off to a 9-3 start, the best 12-game record in school history, en route to a then-program record tying 27 victories.  Schneider’s 2006 campaign was the most successful of his Valpo coaching career to that point, as he guided Valpo to 22 victories.  With his 21st win of the season, Schneider moved into first among Crusader head coaches in victories.

Schneider’s arrival on campus brought a 14-game turnaround in 2004, when the Brown and Gold won 21 games and earned a spot in the Mid-Continent Conference Tournament for the first time in five seasons.  The 2004 Crusaders even picked up a win at the conference tournament before falling in the championship game to Centenary.  Four players from that team received Mid-Con All-Tournament honors.

Schneider has coached 21 All-League players in his six years at the helm.  Five of his players were honored following the 2006 campaign, matching the most by any team in the Mid-Con, and five more received All-Conference notice in 2007.  During his tenure, the Crusaders have broken 21 team single-season records and 34 individual single-season and career records.

Schneider has also made sure his student-athletes have been successes not only on the field, but also in the classroom and in the community.  Eight of his players have earned CoSIDA/ESPN the Magazine Academic All-District honors during his tenure, including Valpo Softball’s first ever Academic All-American last year in Karen Korb.  In the community, the Crusaders’ “I Need a Hug” program, which he helped to start upon his arrival at Valpo, is continuing to grow to even greater heights.

Schneider arrived at Valpo from Wartburg College in Iowa where he led the Knights to a 100-37-1 record in four seasons.  Wartburg won an Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conference title in 2001, the first in the school’s history.  That same year he guided the Knights to the NCAA Division III Tournament where they finished as Central Region runner-up, and Schneider was named IIAC and Region Coach of the Year.

Schneider earned his bachelor’s degree from Wartburg in 1988 with a degree in physical education.  He and his wife Kristy have three children, Karli (9), Alec (6) and Bryn (4).

2007-08 Softball
Softball Coaches
Amy Wittgenstein
Assistant Coach
Daniel Amling
Assistant Coach
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. 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