Valparaiso, IN (SportsNetwork.com) - Former Lehigh University offensive
coordinator and quarterbacks coach Dave Cecchini will be introduced as the
new head football coach at Valparaiso on Wednesday, athletics director Mark
Cecchini replaces Dale Carlson, who was fired a day after the team's 72-12
loss at Butler on Nov. 9. The Crusaders had a 1-9 overall record when Carlson
was fired and replaced by Mike Gravier, who finished the season as interim
The Crusaders, from the non-scholarship Pioneer Football League, are a
combined 4-51 over the past five seasons.
"I'm beyond excited about the opportunity that has been provided to me by Mark
LaBarbera and President (Mark) Heckler," Cecchini said. "It's humbling to be
brought in and shown the vision for this university, and to then be included in
Cecchini recently completed the fourth season of his second stint with Lehigh's
nationally ranked program. He spent nine seasons in his first stint at the
Patriot League school, including two as assistant head coach
He also has been an offensive coordinator at Harvard and The Citadel.
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