Anna Villanueva has done a little bit of everything since arriving at Indiana University Northwest in the fall of 2000. Next month she’ll add one more thing to her resume when she gets inducted into the IU Northwest Redhawk Athletics Hall of Fame.
Villanueva, who played basketball and volleyball for the Redhawks before embarking on a career in athletics at the school, will be inducted on Apr. 19 at the Ambassador Banquet Hall in Hobart.
Villanueva currently serves as an assistant athletic director at IUN, where she works in sports information, operations and coaching. Villanueva graduated from IUN with a degree in Business Administration and she holds a Masters in Sports Management from Southern New Hampshire University. She’s currently pursuing a MBA at IUN.
“Anna has dedicated her entire career to IU Northwest and RedHawks Athletics,” IUN director of athletics Ryan Shelton said in a statement. “She has had the unique experience of having been a student-athlete, coach and administrator. She is passionate about athletics and the success of student-athletes.”
Villanueva began her career as a member of the women’s basketball club team before the program joined the NAIA for the final three years of her basketball career. She also served as a middle hitter on the volleyball team from 2001-04. She is now an assistant volleyball coach.
“Being able to play college athletics was a great experience for me and some of my best memories are of my teammate, games and coaches,” Villanueva said in a statement. “Because of IU Northwest athletics, I have made lifelong friendships. I am who I am today because of the opportunities I was fortunate enough to have as a student-athlete at IU Northwest.”
Walker is heading to Final Four: Loyola won’t be the only team representing the Missouri Valley Conference at the Final Four in San Antonio this weekend. A quartet of Valley players, including Valparaiso’s Tevonn Walker, will compete in the inaugural Dos Equis 3X3U National Championship beginning on Friday.
Walker will team up with fellow Valley seniors Bennett Koch (Northern Iowa), Donte Thomas (Bradley) and Brenton Scott (Indiana State) to participate in a new event that features a team from all 32 Division I conferences. Teams will compete in pool play the first two days with eight teams advancing to Sunday’s championship tournament.
The teams, all comprised of college seniors, will compete for prize money along the way. Each win in both pool and tournament competition will earn the team $1,000 while the championship game will be played for $50,000 and will air on ESPN2 on Sunday afternoon.
Walker averaged 14.8 points and 4.8 rebounds per game during his lone season in the Valley and was named the MVC All-Defensive Team. Walker finished his Valparaiso career 14th in program history with 1,405 points and eighth in steals with 150.