2021-22 Football
Landon Fox
Head Coach
Chris Limbach
Offensive Coordinator/Quarterbacks Coach
Brian Dougherty
Defensive Coordinator/Linebackers Coach
Alex Bayer
Special Teams Coordinator / Tight Ends Coach
Brad Bustle
Offensive Line Coach / Run Game Coordinator
Fred Gladney
Wide Receivers Coach
RJ Ghilarducci
Defensive Line Coach
Max James
Running Backs Coach
Madison Soliday
Director of Football Operations
Andrew Lutgens
Nickelbacks Coach
Alex Land
Defensive Tackles Coach
Yoni Offit
Defensive Quality Control
Trent Smart
Associate Director of Sports Performance
Jake Puckett
Sports Performance Assistant
Shane Heston
Director of Recruiting
Nathan Twedt, ATC, LAT
Head Athletic Trainer
Nicole Mioduski, ATC, LAT
Assistant Athletic Trainer
Logan Battreall, ATC, LAT
Assistant Athletic Trainer
Sarah Hacker
Student Manager
Rob Bertulis
Student Manager
Aidan Ross
Student Manager
Full Roster
Trent Smart

Trent Smart

Associate Director of Sports Performance

Email Trenton.Smart@valpo.edu

Trent Smart joined the Valpo Athletics staff in March 2021 as Associate Director of Sports Performance.

Smart serves as the strength & conditioning coach for the Valpo football and women’s basketball programs.

Smart arrives in Northwest Indiana after a stint at McNeese State University in Lake Charles, La. that began in January 2020. There he served as an assistant strength & conditioning coach, collaborating with other coaches on designing a holistic offseason program for football student-athletes in addition to designing and implementing strength & conditioning programs for women’s soccer and tennis.

Before accepting his position at McNeese State, Smart served as a professional strength & conditioning intern at the University of Cincinnati from May 2019 to January 2020. He is a December 2017 graduate of Ohio University with a degree in management information systems. During his time in Athens, Ohio, he spent four years as a football student-athlete, playing defensive end. He was an elected member of Ohio’s Unity Council, a leadership group that mentored younger players.

A Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist, Smart has certifications from USA Weightlifting, the American Red Cross and Functional Range Conditioning. He completed his master’s degree from McNeese State in health and human performance in July 2021. Smart also earned SCCC certification through the Collegiate Strength & Conditioning Coaches Association (CSCCA).

What They’re Saying About Coach Smart

Dak Notestine, Ohio University Director of Strength & Conditioning: “Trent is a smart, driven and gritty coach and person. What he sets his mind to, he will accomplish. Coach Smart will represent Valparaiso well and the student-athletes will reap the benefits of the knowledge and dedication that he will bring every day.”

Kyle Little, McNeese State Director of Strength & Conditioning: “Trent is a detail-oriented coach who brings energy and genuinely cares for his student-athletes. Valpo got an extremely intelligent coach who is going to make an immediate impact.”  

Zach Higgins, University of Cincinnati Associate Director of Sports Performance: “Trent is a tremendous human being with the capacity to lead student-athletes not only in the weight room, but in life. He is a passionate, enthusiastic person and is going to make a significant impact on those around him.”