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
Nicole Mioduski, LAT, ATC
Assistant Athletic Trainer
Logan Battreall, ATC, LAT
Assistant Athletic Trainer
Sarah Hacker
Student Manager
Rob Bertulis
Student Manager
Aidan Ross
Student Manager
Full Roster
Alex Land

Alex Land

Defensive Tackles Coach

Email Alex.Land@valpo.edu

Alex Land finished his first season on the Valpo football coaching staff as defensive tackles coach in Fall 2021.

Land was part of a Valpo coaching staff that led the team to its second straight season with a Pioneer Football League record of .500 or better during the Fall 2021 campaign. That marked the first time Valpo had achieved that feat in consecutive seasons since 1999 and 2000. The Beacons won four Pioneer Football League games in the same season for just the third time ever (2017 and Spring 2021) and four league games in any conference for just the third time since 1968.

Land helped instruct a position group that thrived during the Fall 2021 season. The defensive line helped Valpo notch 32 sacks, the program’s most since 2000 and fifth-most in a single season in program history. Valpo ranked 15th nationally in FCS and led the PFL in sacks per game at 2.91. Valpo was also among the national leaders in tackles for loss per game at 7.3, ranking 15th in FCS. The team’s 80 TFLs were its most since 1984 and the second most in program history. Valpo had 18 tackles for loss in a single game vs. Presbyterian, tied for the most in the Division-I nation (FCS and FBS). The team’s 10 sacks vs. the Blue Hose were tied for the fifth most in FCS. Valpo had its highest single-game TFL total since at least 2004 and the program’s first double-figure sack total in over 20 years. Valpo had two safeties in a single game vs. Dartmouth, the first time the program recorded two safeties in the same season – let alone the same game – since 2006.

Valpo’s defensive linemen also played a role in Valpo leading the nation in blocked kicks with nine during the Fall 2021 campaign, the second most in program history and most since 1991. Valpo was the only team in all of Division-I college football (both FCS and FBS) to block nine kicks during the season. On Oct. 30 at San Diego, Valpo tied a PFL record for blocked kicks in a single game with three.

Trejuan Purty finished the Fall 2021 season with 15 tackles for loss, tied for the fifth-most in single-season program history. He recorded five TFL vs. Presbyterian, tied for the fifth most in the FCS nation in a single game during the season. Austin Martins had 4.5 TFL vs. San Diego, tied for the 14th most nationally in a single game, while Gavin Twigg’s four vs. Presbyterian tied for 26th. Purty was named to the All-PFL Second Team, while Martins earned All-PFL Honorable Mention and was named the team’s Defensive Player of the Year.

Land arrived at Valpo after previously serving as the offensive quality control coach at UC Davis in Spring 2021.

Prior to his time at UC Davis, Land served as the offensive line coach at Greensboro College (Fall 2020), the offensive line coach at Bonneville High School (August 2018 to June 2020) and a quality control coach on the Weber State University offensive staff (Fall 2015).

During his playing days, Land was the starting guard for the Cleveland Gladiators of the Arena Football League in 2017. He also started on the offensive line for the Salt Lake Screaming Eagles of the Indoor Football League for six games in 2017 prior to signing with the Gladiators.

A four-year letter winner at Weber State, Land played in all 46 games from 2011-2014 and started every game from 2012-2014. He was one of five offensive linemen to be selected to the Weber State All-Decade Team.

“I am very excited to join a great staff here at Valpo,” Land said. “I was impressed by the improvements this team has made in a short period of time and hope to contribute to more success. I am glad to be a part of this competitive team in a competitive league. So far, the players have worked their tails off and have a great attitude. I’m looking forward to what the future holds for this program.”