Valparaiso University to Launch Esports Program

Valparaiso University has announced plans for the launch of an esports program that is set to begin in the fall of 2019. The University will offer competitive esports through the National Association of Collegiate Esports (NACE).

Year-End Awards Presented at Valparaiso’s ARC Awards Sunday

Valparaiso University’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) announced its year-end awards on Sunday evening at the 11th annual Athletic Recognition Ceremony (ARC) Awards.

Seven Valpo Athletics Programs Earn NCAA Recognition

Seven athletic programs from Valparaiso University have received the NCAA Public Recognition Award for outstanding academic performance.

Kempf Nutrition Center Crowdfunding Project Now Open

Valpo Athletics recently opened the Kempf Nutrition Center to further enhance the student-athlete experience. The athletic department is raising funds to help with the day-to-day operating costs through Crowdfunding at Valpo.

133 Valpo Student-Athletes Recognized at Annual Honors Banquet

Valparaiso University awarded 133 student-athletes with Presidential Academic Honors while also handing out the Laurel Award at the 28th Annual Student-Athlete Presidential Academic Honors Banquet held on Sunday evening.

No. 1: Volleyball Earns First Postseason Wins in Program History, Reaches NIVC Quarterfinal

A tremendous 2018 season for the Valparaiso University volleyball team resulted in a bid to the postseason National Invitational Volleyball Championship, and it was what Valpo did with that tournament berth - winning a pair of matches for the first postseason victories in program history and reaching the NIVC quarterfinal - that comes in as the top moment of 2018 in Valpo Athletics.

No. 2: Vujanic Wins MVC Women's Tennis Individual Championship

Women’s tennis sophomore Jelena Vujanic accounted for Valparaiso University’s first Missouri Valley Conference title (individual or team) in any sport, winning the No. 1 singles draw of the MVC Individual Championships this fall.

No. 3: Bruno, Sekuloski Break Cross Country, Track & Field Records

The Valparaiso University men’s track and field team saw a pair of athletes shatter records that had stood for 40+ years on Feb. 3 at the Meyo Invitational hosted by Notre Dame.

No. 4: Griffith Sets Women’s Soccer Program Record With Four-Goal Game

When it comes to Senior Day memories, this year’s performance by women’s soccer’s Cory Griffith ranks right up there with the very best. Griffith set a program record by scoring four goals in a Senior Day victory over Saint Francis (Pa.), a performance which comes in fourth in our countdown of the Top 10 moments of the year in Valpo Athletics.

No. 5: Langston Comeback Sends Men's Tennis to Summit League Final

The Valparaiso University men’s tennis team made its fourth straight league championship appearance after a climactic 4-3 victory over four-time defending Summit League champion Denver in a league semifinal in Colorado.

No. 6: Valpo Volleyball Sets NCAA Record For Digs in a Season in the 25-Point Era

The next entry on the Valpo Athletics year-end countdown might be best described not as one moment, but as 2,613 separate moments. The Valparaiso University volleyball team tallied 2,613 digs in the 2018 season, setting an NCAA Division I record for team digs in a season in the 25-point rally scoring era - a feat which is good for the No. 6 spot in our countdown of the best moments in Valpo Athletics this year.

No. 7: Maya Meredith Knocks Down #SCTop10 Buzzer-Beater to Send Game to Double OT

There were many memorable moments in Valpo Athletics in 2018, but only one cracked SportsCenter’s Top 10 plays.

No. 8: Softball's Emily Richardson Throws No-Hitter

Emily Richardson threw the 10th no-hitter in the history of the Valparaiso University softball program, shutting down North Carolina Central in a 3-0 victory on Feb. 18, a performance which comes in eighth in our countdown of the Top 10 moments of the year in Valpo Athletics.

No. 9: Baseball Upsets Host Dallas Baptist in MVC Tournament Debut

The Valparaiso University baseball team made a grand entrance to the Missouri Valley Conference by upsetting host Dallas Baptist in the first game of the 2018 MVC Tournament, a win that ranks ninth in our countdown of the Top 10 moments of the year in Valpo Athletics.

No. 10: Football Defeats Rival Butler, Retains Hoosier Helmet

Our countdown of the Top 10 moments of 2018 in Valparaiso University Athletics begins with the football team’s 35-17 triumph over rival Butler on Oct. 13.

Valpo Athletics Announces Hall of Fame Class of 2019

Five individuals will be inducted into the Valparaiso University Athletics Hall of Fame on Saturday, Jan. 26. Jackie Thomas ’09 Goebel, Wally Hanas ’84, Jeff Horton ’08, Taylor Root ’14 Lopez and posthumous inductee Wally Gilbert ’22 comprise the 22nd class in Hall of Fame history.

Pruess Named Associate A.D. for Compliance and SWA; Weiler Promoted

Valparaiso University Director of Athletics Mark LaBarbera announced today that Sarah Pruess has been hired as Associate Director of Athletics for Compliance and will also serve as Valpo Athletics’ Senior Woman Administrator. Pruess, who will begin her duties on Nov. 30, comes to Valpo after spending the last six years as Associate Director of Athletics for Compliance at St. Bonaventure University. LaBarbera also announced that Erik Weiler has been promoted to Associate Director of Athletics for Internal Operations.

Nominations Being Accepted For Valparaiso Athletics Hall of Fame

Nominations are open through Wednesday, October 24 to be included in the pool of candidates for the Valparaiso University Athletics Hall of Fame Class of 2019. Former student-athletes whose last season of competition was 2012-13 or earlier are eligible to be nominated.

Valparaiso University Selects TickPick As Official Ticket Marketplace

Valparaiso University and Van Wagner Sports and Entertainment’s Collegiate Division announced today the selection of TickPick LLC as the official ticket marketplace of Valparaiso University.

David Kay To Serve as General Manager For Valpo Athletics Sponsorships

David Kay has been hired by Van Wagner Sports and Entertainment to serve as the General Manager for Valpo Athletics Sponsorships – the partnership between Valpo Athletics and Van Wagner.

Valpo Athletes Recognized as MVC Releases Academic Honors

The Valparaiso University athletic department was well represented as the Missouri Valley Conference released its academic honors for the 2017-2018 academic and athletic year on Monday.

Valpo Athletics and Van Wagner Sports & Entertainment Announce Multimedia Rights Partnership

Van Wagner Sports and Entertainment (VWSE) and Valparaiso University Athletics today announced a long-term agreement granting VWSE Collegiate Services exclusive rights to represent Valpo Athletics for corporate sponsorships, media sales and more.