Football Coaches
Landon Fox
Head Coach
Chris Limbach
Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks Coach
Brian Dougherty
Defensive Coordinator/Safeties Coach
Jon Robinson
Special Teams Coordinator/Linebackers Coach
Brannon Dunn
Defensive Line Coach/Run Game Coordinator
Brad Bustle
Offensive Line Coach
Fred Gladney
Wide Receivers Coach
Barry Derickson
Tight Ends Coach
RJ Ghilarducci
Nickelbacks Coach
Trent Smart
Associate Director of Sports Performance
Shane Heston
Director of Recruiting
Madison Soliday
Assistant Director of Football Operations
Dena Smiley
Administrative Assistant
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Fred Gladney

Fred Gladney

Wide Receivers Coach


Fred Gladney is entering his second year on the Valpo coaching staff in Fall 2021, serving as the team’s wide receivers coach.

Gladney was on staff in Spring 2021 as Valpo posted its best winning percentage since 2003 and tied for the squad’s best winning percentage since 1999. The team garnered Pioneer Football League runner-up honors, the program’s highest finish in the league standings since the PFL championship season of 2003.

Gladney returned to his alma mater for the 2020-2021 season after spending the previous year at MacMurray College in Jacksonville, Ill., where he served as the wide receivers/tight ends coach in addition to coordinating the program’s social media efforts and on-campus recruiting. He previously worked as the wide receivers coach at Wisconsin Lutheran from March 2016 to March 2019.

Gladney played in 30 games with the Brown & Gold spanning from 2011-2014. During that time, he accrued 974 receiving yards, 89 receptions and six touchdown catches.

What They’re Saying About Coach Gladney

“This is a great hire by Coach Fox and his staff. Coach Gladney will bring great energy and enthusiasm as an accomplished alum who will work like it all depends on him.” -Kasey Teegardin, Indiana University Special Teams Coordinator/Defensive Backs Coach

“I’ve had the pleasure of coaching Fred as a player along with the opportunity to develop a lasting relationship with him beyond his playing days. As a player, Fred was a very reliable playmaker, but more importantly he was a worker who earned everything that he got. There is no doubt in my mind that he will be successful in developing wideouts who play hard, understand offensive football and make plays when they are available to them.” -Alex Bailey, Ball State University Wide Receivers Coach