American Football Database
American Football Database
Valparaiso Crusaders
Current season
First season 1919
Athletic director Mark LaBarbera
Head coach Dale Carlson
Home stadium Brown Field
Stadium capacity 5,000
Stadium surface FieldTurf
Location Valparaiso, IN
League NCAA Division I (FCS)
Conference Pioneer Football League
All-time record 365–442–27
Postseason bowl record 0–0
Claimed national titles 0
Conference titles 2 (2000, 2003)
Division titles 1 (2003)
Heisman winners 0
Current uniform
Colors Brown and Gold            
Mascot The Crusader
For information on all Valparaiso University sports, see Valparaiso Crusaders

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 Dale Carlson.


Notable former players

Notable alumni include:

Year-by-year results



Conference championships

Year Conference Coach Overall Record Conference Record Conference Championship Game
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 2

Divisional championships

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


External links

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