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Valparaiso University - Men's Soccer
Valparaiso University - Men's Soccer

Assistant Coach, Kelly Altman Altman joined the Valparaiso men's soccer coaching staff prior to the 2013 season as an assistant coach and enters his second season on staff in 2014.

Altman arrived at Valpo after serving as an assistant coach at High Point in 2012, helping the Panthers to 12 victories and the program's first-ever national ranking.  Prior to his time at High Point, Altman spent five seasons as an assistant coach at Division III Trinity University, helping to lead the Tigers to a winning percentage of nearly .900 over his five seasons on the bench.  In his time as an assistant at Trinity, the Tigers made the NCAA Division III Tournament all five years and were national runners-up in 2007.

During his time coaching at Trinity, Altman was also head coach at Central Catholic H.S. in San Antonio, Texas, where he led the Buttons to three district championships and a pair of TAPPS state championships.  In 2008, he was named the TAPPS 5A State Coach of the Year across all sports.  

Altman played as a defender for Trinity from 2001 to 2004 and was integral in the Tigers’ NCAA national championship season of 2003. A team captain in 2004, Coach Altman contributed to the success of a squad which amassed an overall record of 79-5-2 and set an All-Divisions record with 43 consecutive wins.

Assistant Coach, David Stroud

David Stroud joins the Valparaiso men's soccer program in the 2014 season as an assistant coach, working directly with the goalkeepers.  Stroud comes to Valpo after spending the last three years at the helm of the St. Joseph’s (Ind.) men’s soccer program.

After spending two seasons as an assistant coach at St. Joseph’s, Stroud was elevated to interim head coach prior to the 2011 campaign.  Following the season, the interim title was removed, as Stroud served as head coach in 2012 and 2013 for the Pumas.  Prior to his arrival at SJC, he spent one season as an assistant coach, working with the goalkeepers, at Franklin Pierce College, where he helped lead the Ravens to the NCAA Division II Tournament.

Before joining the staff at Franklin Pierce, Stroud completed a variety of professional assignments in his native Japan. He worked with Okayama Yunogo Belle in the Japanese women's professional league as a goalkeeper trainer, where he worked with multiple national-level athletes, including the 2007 Asian Football Conference player-of-the-year nominee from Japan.  Stroud also previously served as an assistant men's and women's soccer coach at Missouri Southern State University, and completed a graduate assistantship at Lake Erie College.

Director of Soccer Operations, Adam Ponder

Adam Ponder is in his second season as a member of the Crusader coaching staff, serving as director of soccer operations in 2015 after spending his first year at Valpo as a volunteer assistant.

Ponder joined the Crusader coaching staff after spending a season as a volunteer assistant at Mount Union.  Currently also a member of the coaching staff at Indiana Elite FC, Ponder spent time with Canton United SC and United Elite, Knoxville FC and Bloomington Cutters SC.  He played collegiately for one season at High Point.




Additional Camp Staff Information: Under the leadership of Valparaiso University Head Soccer Coach Mike Avery, the 2016-2017 Soccer VIP Staff will feature other current college head and assistant coaches.

Previous attendees at VIP Day, ID and Summer Residential Camps:

Dartmouth University (NCAA Division I)

Northwestern University (NCAA Division I)

University of Notre Dame (NCAA Division I)

St. Joseph's College (NCAA Division II)

Benedictine College (NCAA Division III)

Trinity University Texas (NCAA Division III)

Calumet College of St. Joe's (NAIA)

Indiana Tech (NAIA)

Purdue Calumet (NAIA)

Oakton Community College (NJCAA)

Ancilla College (NJCAA)