Assistant Coach, Chris Pfau
Chris Pfau is entering his first season as Valpo's top assistant coach in 2017. He comes to the Crusaders after spending the last six seasons guiding the University of Houston women’s soccer program. Pfau was also the head women’s coach at Akron (2008-12) and Evansville (2005-06) before taking over at Houston.
“I’ve known Chris for the better part of 25 years,” Avery said. “He’s a longtime friend. He’s been one of my closest coaching confidants. He’s someone I’ve always talked to over the years about soccer, coaching, life and family. When I had the opportunity to bring him on staff, it was something I couldn’t pass up.”
At Houston, Pfau led the Cougars to their first postseason berth since 2010 in his first season. He coached Cami Koski to American Goalkeeper of the Year honors in 2013.
During his tenure at Akron, Pfau took a Zips team that hadn’t reached the MAC Tournament in any of its first eight seasons to the MAC East Division title and three straight MAC Tournaments. His Akron side put together back-to-back undefeated seasons against MAC East Division foes, going 5-0 in 2009 and 4-0-1 in 2010.
“He was my first choice,” Avery said. “I think he’s going to bring a lot of experience and interesting ideas. Our players are going to benefit from having such an experienced soccer person around. He’s a really good coach first and foremost. He’s got a great eye for talent; he’s a great teacher of the game. At the end of the day, our program and players are going to benefit from this.”
Pfau also had success during his time at Evansville, leading the Purple Aces to the 2006 Missouri Valley Conference Finals and the 2007 MVC Tournament. Evansville enjoyed the seventh-best improvement nationally in his first season in 2005.
Pfau’s extensive resume also includes experience as the Director of Coaching for the Junior Irish Soccer Club (2002-03), the women’s head coach at St. Mary’s College (2002-03), the men’s head coach at Mount Mary College (1999-02), an assistant for the Cincinnati River Hawks of the A-League (1997-99) and the head coach of Cincinnati United Soccer Club (1995-99).
Before his coaching tenure began, Pfau was a highly successful player at Old Dominion. He was a team captain, four-year starter and all-region honoree during his collegiate playing days, which spanned from 1985-89. Pfau went on to enjoy a lengthy professional playing career in the APSL, WPSL and WSL from 1989-99.
Assistant Coach, Brendan Roth
In his fifth year with the Crusader program, Brendan Roth will serve as an assistant coach in 2017. Roth has also been director of soccer operations and reserve team head coach during his time as a member of the Valpo coaching staff.
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.
Roth resides in Valpo with his wife, Laura.
Assistant Coach, David Stroud
David Stroud enters his fourth season as an assistant coach with the Valparaiso men's soccer program in 2017, working directly with the goalkeepers.
Under Stroud's direction, Nico Campbell enjoyed an illustrious Crusader career, eventually leading to a professional contract with the Tampa Bay Rowdies of the USL right after his college playing days. As a senior in 2016, Campbell was named to the Horizon League all-second team. He posted an 0.93 goals against average while racking up 57 saves and notching seven clean sheets. Campbell finished his Crusader career with 22 shutouts, one why of matching Kyle Zobeck's program record.
Stroud mentored Campbell throughout the 2015 campaign as he became the fifth Goalkeeper of the Year honoree for Valpo since the program joined the Horizon League. Campbell surrendered just 15 goals in the Crusaders' 18 matches, posting a season GAA of 0.76 and eight shutouts to lead the Horizon League in both categories.
In his first season in 2014, Stroud mentored goalkeepers Campbell and Tom Serratore as the Crusaders enjoyed one of the top defensive seasons in program history en route to eight wins and six draws. Valpo surrendered just 17 goals in 19 matches, tied for the fourth-fewest goals surrendered in a single season in Crusader history. Campbell's season GAA of 0.81 matched the third-lowest single-season mark all-time at Valpo, while his six clean sheets are tied for fourth-most in a single season.
Stroud came to Valpo after spending 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.
Additional Camp Staff Information: Under the leadership of Valparaiso University Head Soccer Coach Mike Avery, the 2017-2018 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 New Mexico (NCAA Division I)
University of Notre Dame (NCAA Division I)
Purdue University Northwest (NCAA Division II)
St. Joseph's College (NCAA Division II)
Benedictine College (NCAA Division III)
Trine University (NCAA Division III)
Trinity University Texas (NCAA Division III)
Calumet College of St. Joe's (NAIA)
Indiana Tech (NAIA)
Oakton Community College (NJCAA)
Ancilla College (NJCAA)