Mark LaBarbera
Director of Athletics
Charles Small
Director of Athletics, Effective July 1
Sarah Pruess
Executive Associate Athletic Director/Senior Woman Administrator
Liz Jarnigan
Associate Director of Athletics for Academic Support and Student Services
Tristan Leonhard
Associate Director of Athletics for Recreational Sports and Esport Programs
Candy Jessen
Associate Director of Athletics for Business Services
Jake Sale
Assistant Athletic Director for Development
Lanie Steinwart
Faculty Athletics Representative
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Sarah Pruess

Sarah Pruess

Executive Associate Athletic Director/Senior Woman Administrator

Phone (219) 464-5460

Sarah Pruess joined Valpo Athletics in November 2018 as the Associate Director of Athletics for Compliance and Senior Woman Administrator. She was promoted to Executive Associate Athletic Director/Senior Woman Administrator in Spring 2020.

Pruess came to Valpo after spending the previous six years as Associate Director of Athletics for Compliance at St. Bonaventure University.

In addition to overseeing the Valpo compliance office and holding the position of SWA, Pruess serves as the sport administrator for women’s soccer, softball, women’s tennis, bowling and men’s and women’s swimming, with secondary administrative duties for women's basketball. Pruess also oversees Valpo academic services and student support.

In the fall of the 2020, Pruess was selected to attend TopConnect AD, a leadership symposium for aspiring Division-I athletic directors. She serves as the vice chair of the Valpo Athletics strategic diversity planning group and served as a member of the department’s COVID-19 working group, which developed a detailed plan for holding athletic activities during the COVID-19 pandemic. In addition, Pruess co-chaired the committee that revised the One Valpo Promise, which was established to promote social equality and communicate the department’s stance against social injustice.

Pruess joined the staff at St. Bonaventure as Assistant A.D. for Compliance in August 2012 and was promoted to Associate A.D. in September 2016. In addition to overseeing all aspects of the Bonnies’ compliance efforts, Pruess provided sport oversight for softball, men’s and women’s cross country and men’s and women’s track and field. She also served on the Executive Athletic Compliance Committee and was the institution’s Deputy Title IX Coordinator for Athletics.

Prior to arriving at St. Bonaventure, Pruess spent five years as the Assistant A.D. for Academic Support Services and Compliance at Wayne State University (2007–2012). She also had previous stints as Director of Compliance at George Mason University (2006) and Chicago State University (2004–2005) and also served as Chicago State’s SWA for six months in 2005.

Pruess was a four-year letter winner in softball at Albion College and graduated from Albion in 2002 with a bachelor’s degree in economics and management. She earned her master’s degree from the University of Denver in 2003 in management, with a concentration in sports management.