Jake Diebler enters his second season as an assistant coach for the Crusaders and fourth year overall as a member of the Valparaiso men’s basketball coaching staff after helping guide Valpo to the Horizon League regular season title in 2011-2012. Diebler is responsible for working with the Crusaders’ perimeter players.
In Diebler’s first season as a full-time assistant coach, he was part of a staff which helped lead the Crusaders to 22 wins and the regular season championship, the first by Valpo since joining the Horizon League. Diebler also helped the Crusaders to a berth in the Postseason NIT.
Diebler served as director of basketball operations during the 2010-2011 season, helping the Crusaders to a 23-win season, finishing just one game out of the regular season title, and a berth in the CollegeInsider.com Tournament. As a student assistant in 2009-2010, Diebler helped guide the Crusaders to 15 wins and a fourth-place finish in the Horizon League standings.
Known as one of the Crusaders’ hardest-working players on both ends of the court during his time as a player, Diebler set a Valpo Division I record by starting each and every one of the Crusaders’ 98 games over the final three seasons of his career. He also had a string of 278 consecutive minutes played over seven games in the final half of his senior season, believed to be a Valpo record as well.