A look back at Homecoming Weekend

It went fast and it was fun. Full of winning, parties and even a little snow. DU won every game, match and meet (swimming thrashed Colorado State) to make it a perfect weekend. Here are the Top 5 moments from the weekend.

Who had more pressure heading into the weekend than David Carle? Taking the reins of a dominant hockey program, his team rewarded him with a puck and two wins against Air Force and Alabama-Huntsville.

Denver Homecoming Volleyball 2018
Denver volleyball swept the weekend and never lost a game during their 6-0 run.

Denver volleyball (18-1, 7-0) had a sweep of their own against Fort Wayne and Western Illinois. Denver has not lost a Summit League match in over a year and travels to Omaha in a showdown of conference unbeatens this week.

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The match was delayed two hours while snow was removed from the soccer pitch. DU does not have an in-ground heating system so much of the work removing snow was by hand.A host of people helped clear the field of 5″ of snow. Special shout-out to DU men’s soccer and Jamie Franks for jumping in and helping clear the field. This is not the first time Franks has had his team work with the Denver grounds crew – even when not playing, they make great news.

The Hocktoberfest pre-game celebration was moved inside with the expectation of inclement weather. DU Alumni Relations and DU Athletics put together a great pre-game party with cheerleaders, good food, music, and guest alumni speakers David Carle and Rodney Billups.

A great weekend all-around.

10 thoughts on “A look back at Homecoming Weekend”

  1. Good story. It was a great weekend, and having a singular homecoming hockey game was actually a great thing, as it was a sellout and concentrated the energy on campus.

    Here’s what I liked:

    1, Great student turnout at the hockey game. Would have liked them to be louder, though.

    2. Hocketoberfest was a nice event, and the DU scarves and mugs were good giveaways.

    3. Seeing Billups and Carle on stage together was terrific. Strong sense of Pioneer pride from both. It’s probably been about 40 years since the DU hoops coach and the hockey coach were both DU alums at the same time…

    4. DU did a nice job to move the Hocktoberfest event indoors on short notice.

    5. DU also did a nice job communicating online to build excitement around the event. The homecoming history feature on the DU news site was excellent.

    Here’s a few suggestions for the next homecoming:

    1. If DU is going to do a homecoming parade, go big or don’t do it at all. The red wagon idea is lazy and juvenile. The best way to make the parade bigger is to sign-up 10 high school bands to participate – all those potential DU students on campus is a good recruiting tool. And award a serious four figure prize to the best float if you want good floats. And recruit a sponsor to pay for all of it, too.

    2.If you want bigger homecoming attendance, spend a few bucks and get a multi-generational band for a pre-game concert in the lacrosse stadium.

    3. Teach Chancellor Chopp how to do a proper pre-game puck drop, and let the team captains know that they are supposed to participate in the ceremonial face-off. Just dropping a puck with no players around looked kinda ridiculous. Details matter.

    4) DU passed out the words to the fight song to everyone at the game, but never gave the audience the chance to sing it. They had the amazing chorale from DU’s Lamont School of Music on the ice for the anthem (sensational) and it would have been a great opportunity to teach the crowd the fight song, since they had about five extra minutes of dead time prior to the face-off, due to television. Oh well.

    5) While Homecoming Kings and Queens may be outdated these days, it would still be a cool thing to honor some DU seniors and alumni members at the game for outstanding contributions to campus/community.

  2. How was the tribute to the ski team championship? They usually get the team on the ice and put up some video. Wondering whether they did the same this year.

    1. They had a video tribute and skate around between the first and second intermission. As I recall, they did a similar Magness recognition event last season immediately after they won in Steamboat. But now, they are on the national championship ski banner…

  3. Excellent article and good suggestions. Had to be a lot of fun. The older we get the better we were. Homecoming activities are supposed to be “outdated”. It would be fun to have past Queens and Kings introduced on the red carpet between periods of the hockey game.
    Singing fight song is a “no brainer”
    Fireworks after the hockey game
    Passionate speech by DU’s biggest sports fan alum which brings the audience to tears

    FWIW- At DU’s hockey game Saturday night, Boone turned 50!!

  4. Good story. It was a great weekend, and having a singular homecoming hockey game was actually a great thing, as it was a sellout and concentrated the energy on campus.

    Here’s what I liked:

    1, Great student turnout at the hockey game. Would have liked them to be louder, though.

    2. Hocketoberfest was a nice event, and the DU scarves and mugs were good giveaways.

    3. Seeing Billups and Carle on stage together was terrific. Strong sense of Pioneer pride from both. It’s probably been about 40 years since the DU hoops coach and the hockey coach were both DU alums at the same time…

    4. DU did a nice job to move the Hocktoberfest event indoors on short notice.

    5. DU also did a nice job communicating online to build excitement around the event. The homecoming history feature on the DU news site was excellent.

    Here’s a few suggestions for the next homecoming:

    1. If DU is going to do a homecoming parade, go big or don’t do it at all. The red wagon idea is lazy and juvenile. The best way to make the parade bigger is to sign-up 10 high school bands to participate – all those potential DU students on campus is a good recruiting tool. And award a serious four figure prize to the best float if you want good floats. And recruit a sponsor to pay for all of it, too.

    2.If you want bigger homecoming attendance, spend a few bucks and get a multi-generational band for a pre-game concert in the lacrosse stadium.

    3. Teach Chancellor Chopp how to do a proper pre-game puck drop, and let the team captains know that they are supposed to participate in the ceremonial face-off. Just dropping a puck with no players around looked kinda ridiculous. Details matter.

    4) DU passed out the words to the fight song to everyone at the game, but never gave the audience the chance to sing it. They had the amazing chorale from DU’s Lamont School of Music on the ice for the anthem (sensational) and it would have been a great opportunity to teach the crowd the fight song, since they had about five extra minutes of dead time prior to the face-off, due to television. Oh well.

    5) While Homecoming Kings and Queens may be outdated these days, it would still be a cool thing to honor some DU seniors and alumni members at the game for outstanding contributions to campus/community.

  5. How was the tribute to the ski team championship? They usually get the team on the ice and put up some video. Wondering whether they did the same this year.

    1. They had a video tribute and skate around between the first and second intermission. As I recall, they did a similar Magness recognition event last season immediately after they won in Steamboat. But now, they are on the national championship ski banner…

  6. Excellent article and good suggestions. Had to be a lot of fun. The older we get the better we were. Homecoming activities are supposed to be “outdated”. It would be fun to have past Queens and Kings introduced on the red carpet between periods of the hockey game.
    Singing fight song is a “no brainer”
    Fireworks after the hockey game
    Passionate speech by DU’s biggest sports fan alum which brings the audience to tears

    FWIW- At DU’s hockey game Saturday night, Boone turned 50!!

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