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Valparaiso Crusaders football

The Valparaiso Crusaders football program is the intercollegiate American football team for Valparaiso University located in the U.S. state of Indiana. The team competes in the NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) and are members of the Pioneer Football League. Valparaiso's first football team was fielded in 1919. The team plays its home games at the 5,000 seat Brown Field in Valparaiso, Indiana. The Crusaders are coached by Landon Fox.

Valparaiso Crusaders
2019 Valparaiso Crusaders football team
Valparaiso Crusaders wordmark.svg
First season1919
Athletic directorMark LaBarbera
Head coachLandon Fox
1st season, 0–0 (–)
StadiumBrown Field
(Capacity: 5,000)
Field surfaceFieldTurf
LocationValparaiso, Indiana
NCAA divisionDivision I FCS
ConferencePioneer Football League
All-time record365–442–27 (.454)
Bowl record0–1 (.000)
Conference titles2 (2000, 2003)
Division titles1 (2003)
ColorsBrown and Gold[1]
         
MascotThe Crusader
WebsiteValpoAthletics.com

HistoryEdit

ClassificationsEdit

  • 1941–1972: NCAA College Division
  • 1973–1978: NCAA Division III
  • 1979–1992: NCAA Division II
  • 1993–present: NCAA Division I–AA/FCS

Conference membershipsEdit

Year-by-year resultsEdit

Head Coach George Keogan:
1919 5-3
1920 5-3
Head Coach Earl Goheen:
1921 2-2-1
1922 3-2-2
Head Coach William Shadoan:
1923 5-2-1
1924 4-3-2
Head Coach Millard Anderson:
1925 1-6
Head Coach Conrad Moll:
1926 1-4-1
Head Coach Earl Scott:
1927 1-5
1928 1-6
Head Coach J.M. Christianson:
1929 1-7
1930 5-4
1931 8-1
1932 7-0
1933 7-1
1934 6-2
1935 4-4-1
1936 1-6-1
1937 4-4
1938 2-4-1
1939 2-6
1940 3-3-1
Head Coach Victor Dauer:
1941 0-7-1
Head Coach Loren Ellis:
1942 4-4
1943 No Football due to WWII
1944 No Football due to WWII
1945 6-1
Head Coach Emery Bauer:
1946 1-7
1947 2-5-1
1948 4-5
1949 7-2-1
1950 9-1
1951 9-0
1952 5-3-1
1953 5-2-1
1954 6-2-1
1955 6-3
1956 6-4
(Walt Reiner joins as a Co-Head Coach):
1957 4-2-2
1958 6-3
1959 5-4
1960 3-6
1961 7-2
1962 6-3
1963 3-6
1964 6-3
(Walt Reiner leaves program as Emery Bauer returns full responsibilities):
1965 3-6
1966 3-6
1967 3-6
Head Coach Norm Amundsen:
1968 4-5
1969 7-2
1970 5-3-2
1971 8-2
1972 6-4
1973 6-5
1974 3-6
1975 3-6
1976 2-7-1
Head Coach Bill Koch:
1977 3-6-1
1978 5-4
1979 5-4
1980 4-5-1
1981 1-9
1982 3-7
1983 4-6
1984 6-4
1985 6-4
1986 3-7
1987 3-6
1988 0-9-1
Head Coach Tom Horne:
1989 0-10
1990 1-9
1991 1-8-1
1992 3-8
1993 5-5
1994 7-3
1995 5-5
1996 4-6
1997 3-8
1998 5-6
1999 9-2
2000 7-4
2001 3-8
2002 1-10
2003 8-4
2004 5-6
Head Coach Stacey Adams:
2005 3-8
2006 3-8
2007 5-6
2008 3-8
2009 1-10
Head Coach Dale Carlson:
2010 0-11
2011 1-10
2012 1-10
2013 1-10
Head Coach Dave Cecchini:
2014 4-8
2015 1-9
2016 4-7

Bowl game appearancesEdit

Season Date Bowl W/L Opponent PF PA Coach Notes
1950 January 1, 1951 Cigar Bowl L Wisconsin-La Crosse 14 47 Emery Bauer notes
Total 1 bowl game 0–1 14 47

ChampionshipsEdit

Conference championshipsEdit

Year Conference Coach Overall Record Conference Record Conference Championship Game
1945 Indiana Intercollegiate Conference (Championship) Loren Ellis 6–1 4–0 N/A
1951 Indiana Collegiate Conference (Championship) Emory Bauer 9–0 4–0 N/A
1952 Indiana Collegiate Conference (Co-Championship) Emory Bauer 5–3–1 3–1–1 N/A
1954 Indiana Collegiate Conference (Championship) Emory Bauer 6–2–1 5–1 N/A
1964 Indiana Collegiate Conference (Co-Championship) Emory Bauer 6–3 4–2 N/A
1968 Indiana Collegiate Conference (Championship) Norm Amundsen 4–5 4–0 N/A
1969 Indiana Collegiate Conference (Co-Championship) Norm Amundsen 7–2 3–1 N/A
2000 Pioneer Football League (Co-Championship) Tom Horne 7–4 3–1 N/A
2003 Pioneer Football League Tom Horne 8–4 3–1 2003 Championship Game
Total conference championships 9

Divisional championshipsEdit

From 2001-2005, the Pioneer Football League was divided into North and South Divisions. As winners of the Pioneer Football League's North Division, Valparaiso has made one appearance in the Pioneer Football League Championship Game, in 2003. Valparaiso shared the Division title with San Diego in 2003, but the tie-breaker allowed the Crusaders to represent the division in the championship game.

Year Division Championship CG Result Opponent PF PA
2003 PFL North (Co-Championship) W Morehead State 54 42
Totals 1 1–0 - 54 42

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Color Palette and Typography | Valparaiso University Brand". June 20, 2014. Retrieved April 13, 2016.

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