Valparaiso Beacons basketball

Valparaiso Beacons basketball history

Valparaiso University (Valparaiso, IN)
Athletics-Recreation Center, aka The ARC
Missouri Valley Conference (MVC)

Current head coach: Matt Lottich (2016-)

  • Assoc. HC: Luke Gore (2003-)
  • Asst: Matt Bowen (2018-)
  • Asst: Rob Holloway (2018-)
  • DBO: Peter Funk (2021-)

Post-Season:

  • National Championships:  0
  • Final Four Appearances:  0
  • Sweet Sixteen Appearances:  1  (1998)
  • NCAA Tournament Appearances:  9  (1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2002, 2004, 2013, 2015)
  • NCAAT Overall Record:  2-9
  • NIT Championships:  0  (Runner-up in 2016)
  • NIT Appearances:  4  (2003, 2012, 2016, 2017)
  • NIT Overall Record:  17-11
  • CBI Appearances:  1  (2008)
  • CBI Overall Record:  1-1
  • CIT Appearances:  2  (2011, 2014)
  • CIT Overall Record:  0-2
  • NCAA Division II Tournament Appearances:  5  (1962, 1966, 1967, 1969, 1973)
  • NCAA Division II Tournament Overall Record:  7-5
  • NAIA Tournament Appearances:  2  (1938, 1943)
  • NAIA Tournament Overall Record:  1-2

Conference Titles (Indiana Collegiate, Summit, Horizon, Missouri Valley):

Award Winners:




Valparaiso head coaches:

Coach Tenure Record Conf. Titles NCAA Apps. Nat. Champ
Matt Lottich 2016-Pres 97-96 1 0 0
Bryce Drew 2011-16 124-49 4 2 0
Homer Drew 1988-2002, 03-11 371-305 8 7 0
Scott Drew 2002-03 20-11 1 0 0
Tom Smith 1980-88 84-138 0 0 0
Ken Rochlitz 1976-80 31-70 0 0 0
Bill Purden 1970-76 86-71 1^ 1^ 0
Gene Bartow 1964-70 93-69 0 3^ 0
Paul Meadows 1958-64 64-79 0 1^ 0
Kenneth Suesens 1951-58 74-93 0 0 0
Wilbur Allen 1949-51 27-18 0 0 0
Don Warnke 1948-49 8-17 0 0 0
Emory Bauer 1947-48 8-15 0 0 0
Loren Ellis 1941-47 87-60 0 1^ 0
J.M. Christiansen 1929-41 102-108 0 1^ 0
Earl Scott 1927-29 22-14 0 0 0
Conrad Moll 1926-27 10-10 0 0 0
Millard Anderson 1925-26 6-13
W.P. Shadoan 1923-25 33-9
Earl Goheen 1921-23 29-12
George Keogan 1919-21 31-13
Sidney Winters 1917-19 8-4

Key: Conf. Titles= Regular Season only, NCAA Apps= NCAA Tournament Appearances, Nat. Champ= NCAA Tournament Champions


^ These conference titles and tournament appearances came when the Valparaiso program was at either the NCAA Division II or NAIA level; Valpo moved up to Division I prior to the 1976-77 season

OTHER NAMES: Prior to 2021, the Valparaiso athletic programs were known by the nickname “Crusaders”

NOTE: Overall program records on this page do not include anything later vacated by the NCAA.