BREAKING: Karlton Creech named DU Athletic Director

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Karlton Creech, Director of Athletics at the University of Maine, has been named as the University of Denver’s new Vice-Chancellor for Athletics and Recreation. Creech will replace Peg Bradley-Doppes, who had already announced her impending retirement in June of 2018, after building the University of Denver into the top non-football athletic department in the nation in the 13 years since her arrival at DU in 2005.

According to UMaine.edu, Creech came to UMaine in February 2014 from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill (UNC), where he was Senior Associate Director of Athletics and had 10 years of senior athletics administration experience. Since 2012, he had been UNC Senior Associate Director of Athletics, serving as Chief of Staff and overseeing the department’s capital projects, human resources and facilities. From 2004-12, he was Associate Executive Director for UNC’s Educational Foundation Inc., where he managed capital projects (including coordination of the $88 million football stadium expansion), the Annual Fund, marketing, fundraising and ticket sales programs, as well as donor stewardship and development. He also worked for the Student-Aid Association at North Carolina State University from 2001-04, coordinating ticket sales and fundraising.

Creech, a native of Chapel Hill, received a bachelor’s degree in political science from North Carolina State University, and a master’s degree in management and leadership from Liberty University. His wife, Staci, is a Pennsylvania native who attended UNC on a golf scholarship and received a bachelor of arts in elementary education.

Interestingly, on Jan. 20, 2017, Creech signed a four-year contract to stay at the University of Maine, effective Feb. 10, 2017. Many Blackbear fans are still remorseful that hockey coach Jim Montgomery matriculated to DU instead of returning to his alma mater to coach. Now, Denver has become the destination of their acting athletic director,

Maine sponsors 17 sports and, like Denver, men’s ice hockey is their featured sport.

Peg Bradley-Doppes has guided the Denver Pioneers to seven NCAA Championships, nine NCAA I-AAA Directors’ Cups, 97 conference titles, 69 coach of the year honors and numerous national rankings since being appointed the University’s 12th Director of Athletics and Recreation on March 28, 2005. A 36-year veteran of NCAA Division I programs where she served as a head coach for 11 years and an athletics’ administrator for 25 years, Bradley-Doppes served as Director of Athletics and Recreation at DU her first season prior to being promoted to Vice Chancellor of Athletics and Recreation and Ritchie Center Operations in July of 2006.

This story will be updated following the 10:00 announcement this morning.