Brittany Anderson Named Valpo Director of Compliance
A familiar face in the Valparaiso University Department of Athletics both as a student-athlete and as a compliance intern, Brittany Anderson has joined the department in a full-time capacity. She has assumed Director of Compliance responsibilities, as announced by Executive Associate Athletic Director Sarah Pruess.
Valpo Student-Athlete Academic Success Center to Bear Mark LaBarbera’s Name
President José D. Padilla, J.D. and the Valparaiso University Board of Directors have announced that the newly renovated academic suite in the Athletics-Recreation Center will be named the Mark LaBarbera Academic Success Center in recognition of LaBarbera, who is retiring on June 30 after 18 years as Valpo Director of Athletics.
Valpo Athletics Announces Hall of Fame Class of 2022
Four individuals will be inducted into the Valparaiso University Athletics Hall of Fame on Friday, Sept. 23 as part of Homecoming Weekend festivities. Jim Daugherty, Nic Kooyers ’07, Rin Seibert ’76 and Brian Thiel ’93 comprise the 25th class in Hall of Fame history.
Valpo Athletics Leads Missouri Valley Conference in Academic Achievement
Valpo Athletics continues to produce champions in the classroom, which was reinforced on Tuesday as the NCAA released its most recent Academic Progress Rate (APR) data. Nearly half of the athletics programs achieved perfect Academic Progress Rate (APR) scores of 1000, while 11 posted scores of 990 or better and 13 of 17 posted scores above the national average in their respective sport.
Erik Weiler to Depart Valpo Athletics Staff
The Valparaiso University Department of Athletics has announced that Erik Weiler will depart his position as Senior Associate Athletic Director for Internal Operations, effective this Friday, June 10.
Media Interviews with Dr. Charles Small to Continue This Week
After receiving significant national, regional and local media attention last week, Charles Small will make several additional media appearances this week.
Charles Small Introduced as Valpo Director of Athletics
As the unmistakable sound of the Victory Bell cut the air outside of the Athletics-Recreation Center on Thursday afternoon, even the beaming sun overhead was not as bright as the smile radiating from the face of Charles Small.
Dr. Charles Small Named Valparaiso University Director of Athletics
A dynamic rising star in collegiate athletics administration with a focus on the holistic student-athlete experience, Charles Small, Ed.D., is the next Director of Athletics at Valparaiso University, as announced by University President José D. Padilla, J.D., on Thursday, May 19, 2022. Small, who will officially assume the role on July 1 and will be Valpo’s first Black Director of Athletics, most recently spent the last four years on the athletic department’s senior staff at Iowa State University.
Valparaiso University to Announce Next Director of Athletics Thursday
Tune in Thursday morning at 11 a.m., as Valparaiso University President José D. Padilla, J.D. announces the University’s next Director of Athletics!
Athletics Holds Annual ARC Awards Ceremony Sunday Evening
For the first time in three years, Valpo Athletics student-athletes, coaches and staff were able to gather in person at the Harre Union on Sunday evening for the annual ARC Awards ceremony, celebrating the successes of this academic year and presenting the year-end awards, as voted on by the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee.
Valpo Athletics Announces Annual Academic Honors
The Valparaiso University Department of Athletics announced its annual academic honors on Sunday evening at the department’s Presidential Academic Honors Banquet. President José Padilla recognized 128 student-athletes with Presidential Academic Honors.
Valpo Athletics Extends Partnership with Nike, BSN SPORTS
The Valparaiso University Department of Athletics has announced that it is extending its partnership with Nike, the world’s leading designer, marketer and distributor of athletic footwear, apparel, equipment and accessories, and BSN SPORTS, the nation’s largest direct marketer and distributor of sporting goods to athletic institutions.
President Padilla Joins D1 Ticker
President José Padilla joined D1 Ticker to discuss his priorities for Valpo athletics and the search for the next Director of Athletics. 🗣️ "Athletics is part and parcel of our campus experience."
Athletics Set for Annual Valpo Day of Giving
Valparaiso University will hold its ninth annual Day of Giving on Wednesday, April 6, and Valpo Athletics will be raising funds to support the student-athlete experience by encouraging gifts to the Valpo Victory Fund.
Valparaiso University Athletic Director Mark LaBarbera Announces Retirement
Valparaiso University Athletic Director Mark LaBarbera has notified University President José D. Padilla that he has decided to retire at the conclusion of this academic year, June 30, 2022. In LaBarbera’s 18-year tenure at Valpo he has overseen an athletic program that houses 17 teams competing in 19 NCAA sports as well as the University’s move to the Missouri Valley Conference, multiple facility renovations and the creation of an Esports program.
Valpo Athletics Hall of Fame Induction to Be Held Homecoming Weekend
The celebration of the Valpo Athletics Hall of Fame Class of 2022 has been moved to Homecoming weekend this year, with the Hall of Fame Luncheon on Friday afternoon, September 23 serving as the official induction for this year’s class.
Twedt, Crimmins to Depart Valpo Athletics Staff
The Valparaiso University Department of Athletics has announced that Head Athletic Trainer Nate Twedt and Assistant Director of Athletics for Operations Robbie Crimmins ‘18, M.S. ‘21 will depart the Valpo Athletics staff, effective at the end of this week.
Valpo Welcomes UIC to Missouri Valley Conference
The Valparaiso University Department of Athletics has extended a warm welcome to the University of Illinois Chicago (UIC), which will join the Missouri Valley Conference as a member institution beginning on July 1, 2022.
Valpo Welcomes Murray State to Missouri Valley Conference
The Valparaiso University Department of Athletics has extended a warm welcome to Murray State University, which will join the Missouri Valley Conference as a member institution beginning on July 1, 2022.
Valpo Athletics - Mask Requirement For Home Basketball Games
Due to the rising numbers of COVID cases in Indiana and in Porter County, as of December 16, Valpo Athletics requires masks for all spectators and event staff - regardless of vaccination status - at basketball games at the ARC until further notice.
Valpo Athletics Posts 91 Percent Graduation Success Rate
Valparaiso University student-athletes continued to thrive academically as the NCAA released its latest Graduation Success Rate (GSR) data on Thursday. Valpo posted an overall GSR of 91 for the current cohort, its best rate since 2011-2012.
Jarnigan Joins Valpo Athletics Staff, Jessen Promoted
Valparaiso University Director of Athletics Mark LaBarbera has announced the hiring of Liz Jarnigan, who will serve as the department’s Associate Director of Athletics for Academic Support and Student Services.
Nominations Being Accepted For Valpo Athletics Hall of Fame
Nominations are open through Thursday, October 21 to be included in the pool of candidates for the Valparaiso University Athletics Hall of Fame Class of 2022. Former student-athletes whose last season of competition was 2015-16 or earlier are eligible to be nominated.
Valpo Welcomes Belmont to the Missouri Valley Conference
The Valparaiso University Department of Athletics has extended a warm welcome to Belmont University, which will become the 11th Missouri Valley Conference member institution on July 1, 2022.
Valpo Victory Fund Introduced as New Name for Athletics Annual Fund
Valparaiso University has introduced the Valpo Victory Fund as the new name for its athletics annual fund.
Valpo Athletics, MVC Enter into Partnership with INFLCR
The Valparaiso University Department of Athletics, in conjunction with the Missouri Valley Conference, has announced a multi-year partnership with the industry-leading content and compliance software company INFLCR.
Valpo Athletics Names Hungry Howie’s Official Pizza Provider
The Valparaiso University Department of Athletics has announced a partnership agreement with Hungry Howie’s Pizza, making Hungry Howie’s the official pizza provider of Valpo Athletics.
Valpo Athletics Announces 2021-22 Broadcast Teams
The Valparaiso University Department of Athletics has announced its broadcast teams for The Valley on ESPN broadcasts airing on ESPN3 and ESPN+ during the 2021-2022 fall and winter seasons.
Valpo Adds to Sports Medicine Staff
The Valparaiso University Department of Athletics and Director of Sports Medicine Nate Twedt have announced the hiring of Katelyn Dye and Stefvany Miller to the department’s sports medicine staff as assistant athletic trainers.
Valpo Athletics Seeks Student Workers
The Valparaiso University Department of Athletics is seeking students who are interested in gaining experience as interns and/or student workers during the 2021-2022 academic and athletic year.
Valpo Athletics Announces Staff Promotions
The Valparaiso University Department of Athletics and Director of Athletics Mark LaBarbera has announced promotions for athletics staff members Tristan Leonhard, Erica Fedornock and Robbie Crimmins. In addition, Jake Sale of Valpo’s Annual Giving Department has been promoted to Assistant Athletic Director for Development.
Valparaiso University Unveils New Nickname
Valparaiso University announced today that it has adopted Beacons as its new nickname.
Valpo Student-Athletes Earn MVC Academic Honors
Valpo Athletics was well represented as the Missouri Valley Conference released its academic honors for the 2020-21 academic year on Wednesday.
Valpo Athletics to Hold Rummage Sale
Valpo Athletics announced today that it will hold a Rummage Sale of new and used athletic gear the week of July 12 in the racquetball courts of the Athletics-Recreation Center, which will be open to the general public July 15 and 16. The sale will include jerseys, shorts, pants, sweatshirts, t-shirts, jackets, blankets and other miscellaneous items.