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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.

Volunteer Assistant Coach, Brendan Roth

Brendan Roth will serve as the Volunteer assistnat coach for the Valparaiso men's soccer program in 2015, after serving as reserve team head coach in 2013 and as a volunteer assistant in 2012.  

As a member of the Crusaders from 2007-2011, Roth was a near permanent fixture on the field for head coach Mike Avery, appearing in 66 matches and starting 42 times.  In 2011, he helped lead the Crusaders to their first Horizon League championship.  Roth graduated from Valparaiso with a degree in Sports Management.

Currently, Roth is working on his Master’s in Sports Administration at Valparaiso.  He resides in Valpo with his wife, Laura.


2011: Appeared in all 20 of the Crusaders' matches during his senior season ... earned 14 starting assignments ... picked up an assist in win over IPFW Oct. 18 ... totaled 21 shot attempts on the year, nine of which were on frame.

2010: Played in 17 matches for the Crusaders as a junior ... earned a spot in the starting XI 13 times ... fired 20 shots off over the course of the season, including a season-high four efforts Sept. 24 against Milwaukee ... also had three other games where he attempted multiple shots ... placed six of his shot attempts on goal ... spent summer of 2011 playing for Carolina Railhawks U23 squad which won USASA U23 National Cup Championship, as well as USASA Region III U23 Men’s Cup.

2009: Appeared in all 19 fixtures for Valpo, starting on 13 occasions ... finished season third on team with four goals and ten points ... earned first career point Sept. 6 with an assist on a Crusader marker against #22/23 Michigan ... tallied three points at Western Michigan Sept. 16 ... opened Valpo’s scoring against the Broncos with his first career goal, coming in the 22nd minute, before assisting on golden goal for the overtime victory ... scored a golden goal of his own Oct. 17 against a Green Bay squad that entered atop the Horizon League table ... decisive tally against the Phoenix came on a counter opportunity in the 98th minute ... stood out in league tournament quarterfinal win over Milwaukee Nov. 10, coming up with first career multi-goal effort ... scored eventual match-winner in the 7th minute and added an insurance tally in the 78th minute ... totaled 25 shots on the season, ten of which ended up on frame ... played this past summer with the Cary Railhawks U23 squad.

2008: Saw action in ten matches in the midfield for the Crusaders in his first season on the pitch ... earned starts Sept. 14 at Evansville and Oct. 19 against IPFW ... recorded shot attempts Sept. 12 vs. Bradley and Oct. 3 at Butler ... earned Horizon League Academic Honor Roll notice for both fall and spring semesters.

2007: Sat out season as redshirt.

Prep: A four-year letterwinner for the Chargers ... earned All-Conference honors all four seasons ... named team's Most Valuable Player in 2004 and 2006 ... earned Golden Boot award in 2006 ... Chargers' leading point scorer as a junior ... a two-year captain ... a member of National Honor Society.

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 2015-2016 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)

Indiana Tech (NAIA)

Purdue Calumet (NAIA)

Ancilla College (NJCAA)