Years at Loras: 1981-1985
When the Loras College men's basketball team was putting together their program-high 29-win season in 1982-83, Jeff Valentine was laying the foundation for one of the best careers in a Loras uniform. A local product and transfer student, Valentine had an instant impact on the Duhawks' roster. Valentine had previously won a state championship on an undefeated Wahlert High School team before spending time on a scholarship at the University of Nebraska-Omaha.
During that first season with the Duhawks when they won their 29 games, Valentine produced a team high 16 points per game and helped push the team into the NAIA national tournament and eventually into the quarterfinals. The young Valentine was a part of an offensive squad that scored 90 or more points in six contests. In his three seasons with the team, Loras went an impressive 68-26 (.723).
Valentine, a forward, finished his career with 1,134 points, good for 20th on the program's all-time scoring list. He was widely regarded as a strong perimeter player and free throw shooter. His individual career was at its peak during the 1983-84 season when he earned Honorable Mention All-American status from the NAIA.
Valentine currently works as a State Farm Agent and is living in Naperville, Illinois with his wife Sharon (Smith, Class of 1986 and former Loras cheerleader) and their three children – Cameron, Alissa, and Jordan. His Loras basketball family ties run even deeper, tracing back to his grandfather Vince Dowd, who coached the team from 1941-1959. Dowd is the team's all-time leader in wins with 278 and also a member of the Loras College Athletics Hall of Fame.