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Encyclopedia > Valparaiso Crusaders
Valparaiso Crusaders
University Valparaiso University
Conference Mid-Continent Conference
NCAA Division I
Athletics director Mark LaBarbera
Location Valparaiso, IN
Varsity Teams 18
Stadium Brown Field (Valparaiso University)
Arena Athletics-Recreation Center
Mascot The Crusader
Nickname Crusaders
Colors Brown and Gold            
Homepage valpo.edu/athletics


The Valparaiso University Crusaders are the 18 intercollegiate teams that compete in the National Collegiate Athletic Association's Division I. Valparaiso University competes in the Mid-Continent Conference in all sports except for football, which is not sponsored by the conference. The football team is a member of the Pioneer Football League. On May 27, 2006, Valparaiso announced it would be joining the Horizon League, effective July 1, 2007.[1] This move will rejoin the school with six former Mid-Con rivals. Image File history File links Valpo_mascot. ... Valparaiso University is a private university located in the city of Valparaiso in the northwest portion of the U.S. state of Indiana. ... The Mid-Continent Conference (Mid-Con) is an NCAA Division I college athletic conference which operates primarily in the Midwestern United States, with outlying teams in Louisiana and Utah. ... Division I (or DI) is the highest level of intercollegiate athletics sanctioned by the National Collegiate Athletic Association in the United States. ... Valparaiso is a city located in Porter County, Indiana, USA. As of the 2000 census, the city had a total population of 27,428. ... Official language(s) English Capital Indianapolis Largest city Indianapolis Area  Ranked 38th  - Total 36,418 sq mi (94,321 km²)  - Width 140 miles (225 km)  - Length 270 miles (435 km)  - % water 1. ... Athletics-Recreation Center is a 5,000 -seat multi-purpose arena in Valparaiso, Indiana. ... The color brown is a red or orange of low intensity; however brown exists as a color perception only in the presence of a brighter color contrast: red or orange objects are still perceived as such if the general illumination level is low, despite reflecting the same amount of red... Gold is a shade of the color yellow closest to that of gold metal. ... Valparaiso University is a private university located in the city of Valparaiso in the northwest portion of the U.S. state of Indiana. ... The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA, often pronounced N-C-Double-A or N-C-Two-A) is a voluntary association of about 1200 institutions, conferences, organizations and individuals that organizes the athletic programs of many colleges and universities in the United States. ... Division I (or DI) is the highest level of intercollegiate athletics sanctioned by the National Collegiate Athletic Association in the United States. ... The Mid-Continent Conference (Mid-Con) is an NCAA Division I college athletic conference which operates primarily in the Midwestern United States, with outlying teams in Louisiana and Utah. ... The Pioneer Football League is a college athletic conference which operates literally from coast to coast in the United States It has member schools that range from North Carolina and Florida in the east to California in the west. ... The Horizon League is a nine school, NCAA Division I college athletic conference, whose members are located in five midwestern states of the U.S. Although the league does not sponsor football, two members have Division I-AA teams: Youngstown State in the Gateway Football Conference, and Butler in the...

Contents

Sport participation

  • Football
  • Men's Cross Country
  • Women's Cross Country
  • Volleyball
  • Men's Soccer
  • Women's Soccer
  • Men's Basketball
  • Women's Basketball
  • Men's Swimming
  • Women's Swimming
  • Men's Indoor Track and Field
  • Women's Indoor Track and Field
  • Men's Tennis
  • Women's Tennis
  • Men's Outdoor Track and Field
  • Women's Outdoor Track and Field
  • Softball
  • Baseball

Venues

VU plays its home football games at Brown Field (capacity 5,000), opened in 1919. Its basketball, swimming and volleyball teams play at the ARC, which has a capacity of 5,000. Eastgate Field is home to the soccer teams. The tennis teams use the world-class Valparaiso University Tennis Complex. The baseball team plays at the Eastgate Athletic Complex in Emory G. Bauer Field (capacity 500). The cross country teams compete at Sunset Hills Farm. Sara Giauro shoots a three-point shot, FIBA Europe Cup for Women Finals 2005. ... Swimming is a technique that humans, and other animals, use to move through water using only movements of the body, for exercise, fun and competition. ... Volleyball is an Olympic sport in which two teams separated by a high net use their hands, arms, or (rarely) other parts of their bodies to hit a ball back and forth over the net. ... Athletics-Recreation Center is a 5,000 -seat multi-purpose arena in Valparaiso, Indiana. ... Football is a ball game played between two teams of eleven players, each attempting to win by scoring more goals than their opponent. ... A tennis net Tennis is a game played between either two players (singles) or two teams of two players (doubles). Players use a stringed racquet to strike a hollow rubber ball covered with felt over a net into the opponents court. ... A view of the playing field at Busch Stadium II St. ...


Mascot

After years of going without one, Valparaiso University pursued a mascot in 1931. The Uhlan was chosen over the Dunesmen and the Vandals.[2] After debate in 1941 over choosing a mascot less proximate to the Nazi cause, the Crusader was chosen as the new mascot in 1942. The current illustrated mascot was penned by a Disney artist and patented in 1951. The Crusader has remained the mascot ever since. However, an October 2000 forum along with the events of September 11, 2001 have prompted discussion among student activist groups, professors, and the Student Senate of changing the mascot again. Polish uhlans from Duchy of Warsaw army Uhlans (in Polish: UÅ‚an also spelled Ulan, German, from Turkish oÄŸlan [1]) were originally Polish light cavalry soldiers armed with lances, sabres, pistols, rifles; later they also served in the Prussian and Austrian armies. ... National Socialism redirects here. ... Disney may refer to: The Walt Disney Company and its divisions, including Walt Disney Pictures. ... The World Trade Center on fire The September 11, 2001 attacks were a series of coordinated terrorist attacks against the United States on September 11, 2001. ...


Football

First years

The Valparaiso football program was started in 1919, as prior to this point the administration believed athletics were a distraction from academic pursuits. George Keogan, who also coached the men's basketball team, was the first coach. The first game was October 4 at Brown Field, a win over the Chicago YMCA team 26-0. Every game that first year would end as a shutout. The team had a 5-3 record that year. [1]. In 1943 and 1944, the Crusaders did not field a football team due to World War II. See also: 1918 in sports, other events of 1919, 1920 in sports and the list of years in sports. Baseball The Black Sox scandal -- Seven members of the Chicago White Sox take bribes to throw the World Series against the Cincinnati Reds The Florida State League is founded with teams... George E. Keogan (March 8, 1890 – February 17, 1943) was an American collegiate basketball coach, most known for coaching University of Notre Dame from 1923 to 1943. ... Sara Giauro shoots a three-point shot, FIBA Europe Cup for Women Finals 2005. ... October 4 is the 277th day of the year (278th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar. ... See also: 1942 in sports, 1944 in sports and the list of years in sports. Many sporting events did not take place because of World War II. Baseball World Series: New York Yankees defeats St. ... See also: 1943 in sports, other events of 1944, 1945 in sports and the list of years in sports. Many sporting events did not take place because of World War II. Baseball May 7 - Chucho Ramos made his major league debut as first baseman and outfielder with the Cincinnati Reds. ... Combatants Major Allied powers: United Kingdom Soviet Union United States Republic of China and others Major Axis powers: Nazi Germany Italy Japan and others Commanders Winston Churchill Joseph Stalin Franklin Roosevelt Harry Truman Chiang Kai-Shek Adolf Hitler Benito Mussolini Hideki Tojo Casualties Military dead: 17,000,000 Civilian dead...


Post-war years

The Crusaders resumed their football program in 1945. That year, they joined their first conference, the Indiana Collegiate Conference, their home until 1976. The post-war years began a tremendous run of coaching stability. They hired Emory Bauer in 1946. Bauer would coach the team until 1967. Walt Reiner would also coach the team from 1957 until 1964. Until 2006, only four other men would coach the Crusaders. See also: 1944 in sports, other events of 1945, 1946 in sports and the list of years in sports. Many sporting events did not take place because of World War II. // Baseball January 28: Hall of Fame election: Baseball writers fail to elect a new inductee. ... See also: 1975 in sports, other events of 1976, 1977 in sports and the list of years in sports. // Auto Racing Stock car racing: February 15David Pearson won the Daytona 500 NASCAR Championship - Cale Yarborough Indianapolis 500 - Johnny Rutherford USAC Racing - Gordon Johncock won the season championship Formula One Championship... See also: 1945 in sports, other events of 1946, 1947 in sports and the list of years in sports. // Baseball January 23: Hall of Fame election: The writers vote again fails to select an inductee, despite a newly revamped voting process. ... See also: 1966 in sports, other events of 1967, 1968 in sports and the list of years in sports. // Auto Racing Stock car racing: Mario Andretti wins the Daytona 500 NASCAR Championship — Richard Petty May 31-Indianapolis 500 — A.J. Foyt USAC Racing — A.J. Foyt won the season championship... See also: 1956 in sports, other events of 1957, 1958 in sports and the list of years in sports. // Auto Racing NASCAR Championship - Buck Baker Indianapolis 500 - Sam Hanks USAC Racing - Jimmy Bryan won the season championship Formula One Championship - Juan Manuel Fangio of Argentina 24 hours of Le Mans... See also: 1963 in sports, other events of 1964, 1965 in sports and the list of years in sports. // Athletics March 6 – Tom OHara sets a new world record for the indoor mile run by completing it in 3 hours, 56. ... // December 1-December 15: The 15th Asian Games in Doha, Qatar December 10: 33rd Annual Honolulu Marathon December 10-December 17: FIFA Club World Cup in Japan December 31: The NRL will officially retire the nickname Chargers as the Gold Coast Titans take the field in 2007. ...


Down years

In 1977, the Crusaders joined the Heartland Collegiate Conference. In 1990, the Crusaders moved to the Midwest Intercollegiate Football Conference. During their time in these conferences, they would lose more often than win. See also: 1976 in sports, other events of 1977, 1978 in sports and the list of years in sports. // Auto racing Stock car racing: NASCAR Championship - Cale Yarborough Cale Yarborough won the Daytona 500 USAC Racing - Tom Sneva wins the season championship Indianapolis 500 - won by A.J. Foyt. ... See also: 1989 in sports, other events of 1990, 1991 in sports and the list of years in sports. // Auto Racing Stock car racing: Derrike Cope won the Daytona 500 NASCAR Championship - Dale Earnhardt CART Racing - Al Unser, Jr. ...


Division I years

In 1993, the NCAA mandated that schools playing Division I basketball may only play football in Division I. The Crusaders along with five other schools formed the Pioneer Football League, where they remain today. Playing primarily against non-scholarship teams, the Crusaders' reversed their fortunes. They won their first outright championship in 2003, when they won the PFL championship game. See also: 1992 in sports, other events of 1993, 1994 in sports and the list of years in sports. // Athletics February 11 - Irina Privalova sets a new womens 60m indoors world record August 13 - August 22 - World Championships held in Stuttgart Auto Racing Stock car racing: Dale Jarrett won... The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA, often said NC-Double-A) is a voluntary association of about 1200 institutions, conferences, organizations and individuals that organizes the athletics programs of many colleges and universities in the United States. ... The Pioneer Football League is a college athletic conference which operates literally from coast to coast in the United States It has member schools that range from North Carolina and Florida in the east to California in the west. ... See also: 2002 in sports, other events of 2003, 2004 in sports and the list of years in sports. // Auto Racing Stock car racing: Michael Waltrip wins rain-shortened Daytona 500 Winston Cup Championship won by Matt Kenseth for Ford. ...


Men's basketball

The beginning

The Crusaders' first game was in 1917. Under the coaching of Sidney Winters, the team lost to Chicago. The team would finish 7-2 that year [2] See also: 1916 in sports, 1918 in sports and the list of years in sports. Football (Australian Rules) Victorian Football League - Collingwood wins the 21st VFL Premiership (Collingwood 9. ...


The tallest team

The 1944-1945 team was billed as "The World's Tallest Team."[3] That year, they defeated Long Island University in a game played in Madison Square Garden. See also: 1943 in sports, other events of 1944, 1945 in sports and the list of years in sports. Many sporting events did not take place because of World War II. Baseball May 7 - Chucho Ramos made his major league debut as first baseman and outfielder with the Cincinnati Reds. ... See also: 1944 in sports, other events of 1945, 1946 in sports and the list of years in sports. Many sporting events did not take place because of World War II. // Baseball January 28: Hall of Fame election: Baseball writers fail to elect a new inductee. ... Long Island University (LIU) is a private university located on Long Island in the U.S. state of New York. ... Madison Square Garden, often abbreviated as MSG, known colloquially simply as The Garden, has been the name of four arenas in New York City, United States. ...


Conference affiliation

The Crusaders would join the Indiana Collegiate Conference for the 1950-1951 season. The Crusaders advanced to the NCAA tournament for the first time in 1961-1962. In 1968-1969, they hosted an NCAA tournament game for the first time. See also: 1949 in sports, other events of 1950, 1951 in sports and the list of years in sports. // Auto Racing NASCAR Championship - Bill Rexford AAA Racing: Henry Banks won the series championship Johnnie Parsons won the Indianapolis 500 Formula One Champion: The first World Championship for drivers under the... See also: 1950 in sports, other events of 1951, 1952 in sports and the list of years in sports. // Auto Racing NASCAR Championship - Herb Thomas AAA Racing: Tony Bettenhausen won the series championship Lee Wallard won the Indianapolis 500 Formula One Championship - Juan Manuel Fangio of Argentina 24 hours of... See also: 1960 in sports, other events of 1961, 1962 in sports and the list of years in sports. // Auto Racing Stock car racing: Marvin Panch won the Daytona 500 NASCAR Championship - Ned Jarrett Indianapolis 500 - A.J. Foyt USAC Racing - A.J. Foyt won the driving championship Formula One... See also: 1961 in sports, other events of 1962, 1963 in sports and the list of years in sports. // Auto Racing Stock car racing: Fireball Roberts won the Daytona 500 NASCAR Championship - Joe Weatherly Indianapolis 500 - Rodger Ward USAC Racing - Rodger Ward won the season championship Formula One Championship - Graham... See also: 1967 in sports, other events of 1968, 1969 in sports and the list of years in sports. // General sporting events 1968 Summer Olympics takes place in Mexico City, Mexico United States wins the most medals (107), and the most gold medals (45). ... See also: 1968 in sports, other events of 1969, 1970 in sports and the list of years in sports. // Auto Racing Stock car racing: LeeRoy Yarborough won the Daytona 500 NASCAR Championship - David Pearson Indianapolis 500 - Mario Andretti USAC Racing - Mario Andretti won the season championship Formula One Championship - Jackie...


Division I

The Crusaders joined Division I before the 1978-1979 season. After four years as an independent, they became charter members of the AMCU. See also: 1977 in sports, other events of 1978, 1979 in sports and the list of years in sports. // Auto racing USAC - A J Foyt won final season championship under USAC. CART, Championship Auto Racing Teams open wheel racing established in the United States. ... See also: 1978 in sports, other events of 1979, 1980 in sports and the list of years in sports. // Artistic Gymnastics World Artistic Gymnastics Championships: Mens all-around champion: Alexander Dityatin, USSR Womens all-around champion: Nellie Kim, USSR Mens team competition champion: USSR Womens team... The Mid-Continent Conference (Mid-Con) is an NCAA Division I college athletic conference which operates primarily in the Midwestern United States, with outlying teams in Louisiana and Utah. ...


NCAA tournament

Under coach Homer Drew, the Crusaders became a conference power. They won their first Mid-Continent championship in 1995, led by star player Bryce Drew. However, the team was not invited to the NCAA Tournament. The Crusaders won the 1996 conference championship and received their first invitation to the Division I NCAA Tournament. In the 1998 Tournament, the Crusaders won their first Tournament game, defeating the University of Mississippi with the shot. The Crusaders would go on to win their second round game against Florida State University before losing in the Sweet 16 to the University of Rhode Island. The Crusaders would win the Mid-Continent Conference's automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament every year until 2001, when Southern Utah University won the conference tournament. In Coach Scott Drew's only year as head coach, the team advanced to the National Invitation Tournament where they lost to the University of Iowa in their first game televised by ESPN. They would play in the title game of the Mid-Continent Conference Tournament every year between 1995 and 2004. Homer Drew Homer Drew is the head coach of the Valparaiso University Crusader mens basketball team. ... Bryce Drew Bryce Homer Drew (born September 21, 1974 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana) is the assistant coach, and former member, of the Valparaiso University Crusader mens basketball team. ... NCAA Mens Basketball Division I Championship - Wikipedia /**/ @import /skins/monobook/IE50Fixes. ... The following are the basketball events of the year 1996 throughout the world. ... The 1998 NCAA Mens Division I Basketball Tournament involved 64 schools playing in single-elimination play to determine the national champion of mens NCAA Division I college basketball. ... The University of Mississippi, also known as Ole Miss, is a public, coeducational research university located in Oxford, Mississippi. ... Florida State University (commonly referred to as Florida State or FSU) is a public research university located in Tallahassee, Florida. ... The University of Rhode Island, commonly abbreviated as U.R.I., is the principal public research university in the State of Rhode Island, with its main campus in Kingston, Rhode Island, and three other campuses located throughout the state. ... The following are the basketball events of the year 2001 throughout the world. ... Southern Utah University, or SUU, is located in Cedar City, Utah. ... Scott Drew is the head coach of Baylor Universitys mens basketball team. ... The National Invitation Tournament is an annual US basketball competition. ... The University of Iowa is a major national research university located on a 1,900-acre campus in Iowa City, Iowa, USA, on the Iowa River in East Central Iowa. ... ESPN (an acronym for the Entertainment and Sports Programming Network) is an American cable television network dedicated to broadcasting sports-related programming 24 hours a day. ...


Radio

All Crusader games are broadcast for free on the Valparaiso website at www.valpo.edu


Women's basketball

The Crusaders women's basketball team started play during the 1971-1972 season. The team joined the North Star Conference for the 1987-1988 season. The 1992-1993 season was their first season in the Mid-Continent Conference. The Crusaders advanced to the NCAA Tournament in the 2002-2003 and 2003-2004 seasons under coach Keith Freeman. Marlous Nieuwveen is the only Crusader to appear in a WNBA game. See also: 1970 in sports, other events of 1971, 1972 in sports and the list of years in sports. // Auto Racing Stock car racing: Richard Petty won the Daytona 500 NASCAR Championship - Richard Petty Indianapolis 500 - Al Unser, Sr. ... See also: 1971 in sports, other events of 1972, 1973 in sports and the list of years in sports. // Auto Racing Stock car racing: February 20: A.J. Foyt won the Daytona 500 NASCAR Championship - Richard Petty Indianapolis 500 - Mark Donohue USAC Racing - Joe Leonard won the season championship Formula... See also: 1986 in sports, other events of 1987, 1988 in sports and the list of years in sports. // Auto Racing Stock car racing: Bill Elliott won the Daytona 500 NASCAR Championship - Dale Earnhardt CART Racing - Bobby Rahal won the season championship Indianapolis 500 - Al Unser, Sr. ... // Stock car racing: Dale Earnhardt won the Daytona 500 NASCAR Championship - Jeff Gordon NASCAR celebrates its 50th anniversary Indy Racing League - Indianapolis 500 - Eddie Cheever CART Racing - Alex Zanardi won the season championship Formula One Championship - Mika Häkkinen of Finland 24 hours of Le Mans: won by the team... See also: 1991 in sports, other events of 1992, 1993 in sports and the list of years in sports. // Auto Racing Stock car racing: Davey Allison won the Daytona 500 NASCAR Championship - Alan Kulwicki CART Racing - season championship won by Bobby Rahal Indianapolis 500 - Al Unser, Jr. ... See also: 1992 in sports, other events of 1993, 1994 in sports and the list of years in sports. // Athletics February 11 - Irina Privalova sets a new womens 60m indoors world record August 13 - August 22 - World Championships held in Stuttgart Auto Racing Stock car racing: Dale Jarrett won... See also: 2001 in sports, 2003 in sports and the list of years in sports. Auto Racing Stock car racing: Ward Burton wins the Daytona 500 NASCAR Championship - Tony Stewart Indy Racing League - Sam Hornish Jr. ... See also: 2002 in sports, other events of 2003, 2004 in sports and the list of years in sports. // Auto Racing Stock car racing: Michael Waltrip wins rain-shortened Daytona 500 Winston Cup Championship won by Matt Kenseth for Ford. ... // On January 28, International Olympic Committee Vice-President Kim Un-yong is arrested on charges of corruption in Seoul. ... WNBA may also refer to WNBA-AM, a radio station in Illinois. ...


Women's volleyball

The women's volleyball team has appeared in the NCAA Tournament in 1994, 1995 and 20032005. 1994 (MCMXCIV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar, and was designated as the International Year of the Family and the International Year of the Sport and the Olympic Ideal by United Nations. ... 1995 (MCMXCV) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 2003 (MMIII) was a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Women's soccer

In 2005, the Crusaders advanced to the NCAA Tournament.


Men's soccer

In 1996, the Crusaders advanced to the NCAA Tournament.


External links

  • Media Guides

References

  1. ^ Press Release. Valpo to Join Horizon League in 2007-2008 May 17, 2006.
  2. ^ Questioning the Crusader posted 15 November, 2006.

 
 

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