Football Coaches
Landon Fox
Head Coach
Will Fleming
Offensive Coordinator
Brian Dougherty
Defensive Coordinator/Safeties Coach
RJ Ghilarducci
Defensive Line Coach
Pat Denecke
Offensive Line Coach
Tim Smith
Wide Receivers Coach
Will Johnson
Running Backs Coach
Spencer Duncan
Tight Ends Coach
Andrew Lutgens
Linebackers Coach
Vernell Price
Defensive Tackles Coach
Yoni Offit
Defensive Quality Control
Madison Soliday
Director of Football Operations
Gabe Miller
Associate Director of Sports Performance
Nicole Mioduski, ATC, LAT
Assistant Athletic Trainer (FB, SWIM)
Justin Works, ATC, LAT
Assistant Athletic Trainer (FB, BSE)
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Pat Denecke

Pat Denecke

Offensive Line Coach

Email Pat.Denecke@valpo.edu

Recruits: Chicago, New York, New Jersey, Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine

Pat Denecke is entering his first season on the Valpo football coaching staff in 2022, serving as the program’s offensive line coach.

Denecke comes to Valpo after a stint at the University of Maine, where he was on staff from January 2016 to January 2022 and most recently served as the assistant head coach and run game coordinator. During his tenure at Maine, Denecke also spent time as the offensive line coach and tight ends coach.

Denecke helped Maine become the first FCS program to have two first-round picks in the Canadian Football League Draft in 2021. His team earned a pair of FBS wins and produced an All-American. He was on staff in 2018 when the Black Bears won the Colonial Athletic Association championship and reached the FCS Semifinals.

Prior to his tenure at Maine, Denecke was a member of the University of Nevada staff from 2013-2016. He started as a defensive graduate assistant before moving to the offensive side of the ball, where he was a graduate assistant who worked as an assistant offensive line coach. He also spent the 2015 spring season as the interim tight ends coach. In 2015, Nevada was one of two teams in FBS with two 1,000-yard rushers.

Denecke started his coaching career as the offensive line coach at Bethany College in Bethany, W.V. from 2010-2013. After graduating from Washington & Jefferson College in Washington, Pa. with a degree in business administration in May 2010, he earned his master’s in teaching from Bethany in May 2013. Denecke added a master’s in educational leadership from Nevada in December 2015.

WHAT THEY’RE SAYING ABOUT COACH DENECKE

Chris Smith, Holy Cross Offensive Coordinator: “Pat is a great coach who cares a lot about his players. He’s a teacher who is also always willing to learn. We’ve gone to clinics together many times, and I’ve always learned more by being with Pat. He wants to win and he will do whatever is necessary in terms of workload to be successful. He is a thorough and innovative recruiter and developer.”

Nick Charlton, UConn Offensive Coordinator: “Coach Denecke is an outstanding mentor and one of the top offensive line coaches in the country. Pat is a creative coach who sees the big picture while being an excellent teacher for student-athletes. One of our top recruiters at Maine, Pat helped lead our program to a championship level and will certainly grow that standard at Valparaiso.”

Brian Polian, LSU Special Teams Coordinator: “Pat Denecke is a terrific football coach and a better human being. He is one of the hardest working and most detailed-oriented people I have ever worked with. More importantly, he believes in building relationships with and serving the student-athletes with whom he works. Valpo got a great coach.”