Gravier Joins Crusader Football Coaching Staff

Valparaiso football head coach Dale Carlson announced today that Mike Gravier has been hired to join the Crusader coaching staff for the 2013 season. Gravier will serve as assistant head coach and offensive line coach for Valpo, and will also be the run game coordinator.

Gerton Named to NFF Hampshire Honor Society

Valparaiso football graduated senior Mike Gerton (Mundelein, Ill./Mundelein) was among the 703 total players selected nationwide as members of the 2013 National Football Foundation & College Hall of Fame (NFF) Hampshire Honor Society.

Summerville Awarded Prestigious Fulbright Grant

Valparaiso University football player Sterling Summerville has been awarded a prestigious Fulbright grant to continue his international studies next year while making a contribution to the culture of Poland.

Valpo Football Announces 2013 Recruiting Class

Valparaiso University head football coach Dale Carlson has announced the 36 members of his 2013 recruiting class which will begin playing for the Crusaders this fall.

Valpo Football Players Paint the Hilltop Neighborhood House

Over 40 Valparaiso University football players showed up in shifts of three hours apiece on Saturday, April 27 to help repaint the Hilltop Neighborhood House. For years the Hilltop House has been a mainstay to “children throughout the community with a single focus: to provide individualized, quality care and education to nourish the social, emotional, intellectual, and physical skills that children will carry with them on their journey through life.”

Valpo Football Takes Field Trip to Central Elementary School

Members of the Valparaiso football team took some time on Thursday, April 25 to visit Central Elementary School in Valparaiso, spending recess and lunch with students in grades K-5.

Brown-Gold Game Caps Off Spring Practice for Crusader Football

The Valparaiso football program held its annual Brown-Gold spring game on Saturday at Brown Field, with the Crusader defense picking up an 82-68 victory over the offense. The game served as the culmination of the Crusaders’ spring practice sessions.

Spring Game to Kick Off at 11 a.m. Saturday at Brown Field

Valparaiso will play its annual spring Brown and Gold football game on Saturday morning, April 20 at Brown Field beginning at 11 a.m. This year’s format will again feature the offense against the defense and admission is free.

Crusaders Announce 2013 Football Schedule

Five home games at Brown Field highlight the 2013 Valparaiso University football schedule, as released today by head coach Dale Carlson.

Crusaders Continue 2013 Spring Practice

As temperatures warm up, the Valparaiso football team will continue its slate of 2013 spring practices at Brown Field, culminating in the annual Brown-Gold spring game on April 20.

Crusader Football to Host Junior and Senior Camp This Summer

The Valparaiso University football program will be holding a one-day Junior and Senior Camp on Sunday, June 16 at Brown Field from noon until 4 p.m., hosted by the Crusader coaching staff.

Puetz on Ballot for College Football Hall of Fame

Former Valparaiso football standout Garry Puetz is among this year's nominees for the College Football Hall of Fame, as run by the National Football Foundation (NFF).

30 Crusaders Named to PFL Academic Honor Roll

Valparaiso University had 30 members of its football program named to the Pioneer Football League’s Academic Honor Roll for their work in the classroom during the Fall 2012 semester.

Naumann to Be Inducted into Valpo Hall of Fame

A two-sport standout during his time at Valparaiso, Paul Naumann went on to a long and distinguished coaching career, and on Saturday, February 16, he will be inducted into the Valparaiso University Athletics Hall of Fame.

Henderson to Be Inducted Into Valpo Hall of Fame

The first African-American to compete in intercollegiate athletics at Valparaiso University, Floyd Henderson was a trailblazer in the Crusaders' athletic department, and on Saturday, February 16, he will be inducted into the Valparaiso University Athletics Hall of Fame.

Crusaders Release 2013 PFL Schedule

The Valparaiso football team is slated to play home games against Campbell, Morehead State, San Diego and Dayton and road contests against Marist, Mercer, Drake and Butler during the 2013 Pioneer Football League slate, as the PFL released the composite league schedule earlier this week.

Three Crusaders Earn Academic All-PFL Accolades

Three Valparaiso football student-athletes have been named to the Academic All-Pioneer Football League teams for their contributions on the field in 2012, as well as in the classroom. The teams were selected by the league’s sports information directors.

Six Crusaders Earn All-PFL Honors

Six members of the Valparaiso football team were honored Tuesday as the Pioneer Football League announced its 20th Annual All-PFL squads following a polling of the league’s coaches. Senior punter Greg Wood (Libertyville, Ill./Libertyville) earned First Team All-Pioneer Football League honors for the second time in his career, while five other players received Honorable Mention notice.

Hutson Named PFL Offensive Freshman of the Year

The Pioneer Football League announced its 2012 major award winners Monday and Valparaiso running back Jake Hutson (Blanchard, Mich./Montabella) was named as the PFL Freshman Offensive Player of the Year. Honors were determined following a vote from the league’s coaches. Hutson is the first Crusader player to earn one of the league’s major awards.

Crusader Football Announces Program Award Winners

Valparaiso University head football coach Dale Carlson has announced the program’s year-end awards for the 2012 season, honoring 10 Crusaders with individual awards for their contributions on and off the field.

Four Crusaders Honored by College Sports Madness

The Valparaiso football team had four players selected by College Sports Madness to its PFL All-League teams, highlighted by the choice of redshirt freshman running back Jake Hutson (Blanchard, Mich./Montabella) as the league's Freshman of the Year.

Crusader Football Falls in Season Finale

The Valparaiso football team dropped its season finale Saturday afternoon, falling 76-24 to the Morehead State Eagles at Jayne Stadium in Morehead, Ky. The Crusaders’ offense compiled a season-high 29 first downs and amassed 449 total yards in a losing effort.

Valpo Heads to Morehead State For Season Finale

The Crusaders wrap up the football season with a road contest against Morehead State on Saturday afternoon. A win against the Eagles would be the team’s first in a regular season finale since 2006.

Wood Earns PFL co-Special Teams Player of the Week Award

Valparaiso senior punter Greg Wood (Libertyville, Ill./Libertyville) was named the Pioneer Football League co-Special Teams Player of the Week on Sunday after his brilliant punting performance on Saturday afternoon against Davidson.

Crusaders Fall in Senior Day Battle

The Valparaiso football team battled through a 43-minute lightning delay Saturday afternoon before falling to Davidson in overtime, 28-27, on Senior Day at Brown Field.

Hutson Added to Jerry Rice Award Watch List

Valparaiso redshirt freshman Jake Hutson (Blanchard, Mich./Montabella) was one of five additions to the Jerry Rice Award watch list, as announced on Thursday afternoon. The Jerry Rice Award, in its second season, honors the national freshman of the year in the Football Championship Subdivision.

Valpo Returns Home For Senior Day Matchup With Davidson

Valparaiso returns home for its final home game of the season when it hosts Davidson College as part of Senior Day at Brown Field. The game can be seen live online via video stream here at

Hutson, Wood Pick Up National Honors

The Sports Network announced Monday that Valparaiso running back Jake Hutson has been named The Sports Network FCS National Co-Freshman of the Week, while the College Football Performance Awards (CFPA) named Crusader punter Greg Wood its FCS Punter of the Week for their respective performances in Valpo's win at Campbell last Saturday.

Hutson Named PFL Co-Offensive Player of the Week

Valparaiso redshirt freshman Jake Hutson (Blanchard, Mich./Montabella) shared Pioneer Football League Offensive Player of the Week honors after putting together one of the top offensive performances in program history in the Crusaders' 41-21 win at Campbell.

Crusaders Score 34 Unanswered to Defeat Campbell

The Valparaiso football team earned its first win of the 2012 season Saturday, erasing a 14-point deficit en route to a 41-21 win against Campbell University at Barker-Lane Stadium in Buies Creek, N.C. Redshirt freshman running back Jake Hutson (Blanchard, Mich./Montabella) scored three touchdowns and rushed for a career-high 248 yards, the second highest single-game rushing total in program history.

Crusader Football Heads to Campbell Saturday

Valparaiso heads to Buies Creek, N.C. to take on Campbell University on Saturday afternoon. The Crusaders and the Camels are both in search of their first PFL victory.

Crusaders Drop Parent’s Day Showdown to Marist

The Valparaiso football team surrendered four touchdowns of 78 or more yards in the first half Saturday in a 44-7 loss to Marist College as part of Parent’s Day at Brown Field.

Valpo Returns Home For Parent's Day Saturday

Valparaiso returns home as part of Family Weekend on the Valpo campus, hosting Marist on Parent’s Day at Brown Field Saturday afternoon in PFL action.

Valpo Drops League Game at Dayton

Playing on the road for the first time in nearly a month, Valparaiso gave up 631 yards of offense to Dayton Saturday afternoon in a 45-0 loss to the Flyers at Welcome Stadium in Dayton, Ohio.

Crusaders Hit Road to Take On Dayton Saturday

Following back-to-back home games, Valparaiso hits the road for the first time in nearly a month, making the trip east to take on Dayton in Pioneer Football League action.

Valpo Drops PFL Battle to Drake

Senior Eric Slenk (Holland, Mich./Christian) caught a pair of touchdown passes on a rainy Saturday afternoon at Brown Field, but it was not enough for the victory, as Valparaiso dropped a 35-21 decision to Drake in Pioneer Football League action.

Crusaders Host PFL Game Against Drake Saturday

Valparaiso hosts its second straight Pioneer Football League game this Saturday afternoon, as the Crusaders welcome Drake to Brown Field.

Valpo Falls to Butler On Homecoming Saturday

The Valparaiso football team trailed the entire way Saturday afternoon in a 56-17 loss to the Butler Bulldogs on Homecoming Weekend at Brown Field in the Battle for the Hoosier Helmet.

Crusaders Face Off Against Butler in Battle For the Hoosier Helmet

Following a bye week, Valparaiso plays its first PFL home game Saturday afternoon when it hosts the Butler Bulldogs in The Battle for the Hoosier Helmet as part of Homecoming weekend. The two schools first met in 1927 and the Crusaders have played the Bulldogs more than any other school in program history.

Valpo Football to Participate in Coach to Cure MD

The Valparaiso football program, in partnership with the Parent Project Muscular Dystrophy (PPMD) and the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA), will be participating in the fifth annual Coach to Cure MD this Saturday, Oct. 6, at 1 p.m. when the Crusaders host Butler University at Brown Field. The goal of Coach To Cure MD is to raise awareness of Duchenne muscular dystrophy, the most common fatal genetic disorder diagnosed during childhood.

Watch The Latest Edition of the Valpo Coaches Show!

Check out the latest edition of the Valpo Coaches Show, as Crusader football head coach Dale Carlson discusses last Saturday's game against San Diego, how the Crusaders will use this week's bye week and looks ahead to Homecoming Saturday.

Crusaders Fall in PFL Opener

Valparaiso opened the Pioneer Football League slate on Saturday afternoon in San Diego, Calif., falling to host San Diego by a 51-14 score.

Valpo Football Set to Open PFL Play

Valparaiso kicks off the Pioneer Football League schedule this Saturday with the longest road trip of the year as it makes the nearly 2,000 mile trip out to the West Coast, where the Crusaders face San Diego at 3 p.m. CDT.

Crusaders Fall to Duquesne Saturday Afternoon

The Valparaiso football team jumped out to a 17-7 lead less than 12 minutes into Saturday afternoon's game against Duquesne at Brown Field, but the Dukes scored the game's final 38 points as the Crusaders fell by a 45-17 score.

Valpo Returns Home to Host Duquesne Saturday

Valparaiso returns home for its final non-league game of the 2012 season Saturday afternoon at 1 p.m., as the Crusaders host Duquesne out of the Northeast Conference. The game is the last of three non-league contests to prepare the Crusaders for the Pioneer Football League slate.

Crusaders Fall at Youngstown State

The Valparaiso football team opened up the road portion of its 2012 schedule on Saturday afternoon, falling 59-0 to Youngstown State, which entered the game ranked #6 nationally among FCS squads, in Youngstown, Ohio.

Crusader Football Travels to Youngstown State This Saturday

The Valparaiso football team continues the 2012 season on Saturday afternoon as the Crusaders travel to Youngstown State to battle a traditional NCAA I-FCS national power. Fans can check out Coach Carlson's thoughts on last week's game and the matchup against the Penguins in the latest edition of the Valpo Coaches Show, by clicking the play button on the photo to the left.

Valpo Athletics Launches New Social Media Fan Engagement Program

Valpo Athletics announces the launch of a new social media fan engagement program where Crusader fans can show their support for Valpo Athletics and each individual team through a combination of in-game social media campaigns, engaging teams on social networks and earning rewards through our new Valpo Crusader Social Rewards program. Fans can visit to start playing!

Crusaders Drop Tight Season Opener to Saint Joseph's (Ind.)

Valparaiso entered the fourth quarter of its season opener at Brown Field on Thursday night with a 34-27 lead, but Saint Joseph's (Ind.) scored twice in the final 15 minutes, including a six-yard touchdown run with 24 seconds to play, to down the Crusaders, 36-34.

Crusaders Set to Open 2012 Season Thursday at Brown Field

The 2012 football season kicks off on Thursday night at Brown Field, as the Crusaders host Saint Joseph’s (Ind.) under the lights at 7 p.m. The game against the Pumas kicks off the 92nd season of intercollegiate football at Valpo and begins the third season in the tenure of head coach Dale Carlson.

PFL Gains Automatic Qualification to D-I Championship in 2013

Beginning in 2013, the Pioneer Football League will gain access to the Division I Football Championship through an automatic bid as a result of the NCAA Board of Directors approving a budget that will allow expansion of the tournament to 24 teams that season.

Crusader Football to Hold Intra-Squad Scrimmage

Valparaiso University’s football team will hold the annual Brown-Gold intra-squad scrimmage at Brown Field Saturday afternoon beginning at 2:30 p.m. The scrimmage is open to the public, free of charge.

Crusader Football Gets Training Camp Underway

The Valparaiso football program began preparation for the 2012 season today under the lights at 6:45 p.m. on Brown Field with its first official practice of the preseason. Fans can follow updates from camp into the 2012 season by following Coach Carlson on Twitter (@valpofb) or by bookmarking his blog at

Wood Earns Preseason All-PFL Honors

Valparaiso University senior punter Greg Wood (Libertyville, Ill./Libertyville H.S.) has been selected as a Preseason All-Pioneer Football League team member as the league office released the preseason teams this afternoon.

PFL Releases 2012 Preseason Poll

The Valparaiso University football team has been projected to finish in 10th place in the Pioneer Football League in 2012, according to preseason polling of the league’s head coaches.

Greg Wood Named to CFPA Punter Award Watch List

Valparaiso University senior punter Greg Wood (Libertyville, Ill./Libertyville H.S.) has been named to the College Football Performance Awards (CFPA) Punter Award Watch List heading into the 2012 football season.