Business Continues During Shutdown of Athletics

  • David Carle has completed his incoming freshman class – and still no official word as to whether Ian Mitchell will be departing before his senior season, though it is still all but a given that he will sign with the Chicago Blackhawks. The incoming class includes two 2019 NHL Draftees in D Antti Tuomisto, Assat U20 (Finland) 2nd round pick (35th overall) of the Detroit Red Wings and F McKade Webster, Green Bay Gamblers (USHL) 7th round draft pick (213 overall) of the Tampa Bay Lightning. The remaining three members are F Connor Caponi, Waterloo Black Hawks (USHL) from Brookfield, Wisconsin,  D Reid Irwin, Sherwood Park Crusaders (AJHL), from Victoria, B.C, and D Josh Luedtke, Des Moines Buccaneers (USHL) from Minnetonka, MN. We will have more on this incoming class later this year in our annual season preview.

  • It is still an uncertain time for Summit League expansion. Will the havoc produced by the coronavirus hit two schools, St Thomas University (DIII) and Augustana (DII), who have been under consideration for membership in the Summit League. It would appear that the upgrade to DI will be much harder for Augustana ($67 million endowment) to weather than St Thomas University ($519M). Neither institution has publicly expressed a desire to discontinue their pursuit of DI membership.
  • DU soccer star middle-back Callum Stretch is transferring to Indiana University. The rising junior was named to the All-Summit League Second Team this past season and was Summit League Newcomer of the Year (2018), Summit League First Team (2018), No. 2 in the Top Drawer Soccer Midseason Freshman Top-100 and Summit League All-Tournament Team and Summit Academic All-League Team. In the summer of 2016, Stretch became the youngest American player to sign with an English club when he joined Aston Villa’s Academy.

  • DU Associate head women’s basketball coach, Kayla Ard, is leaving Denver to be the head coach for Utah State University. Ard took over for Jim Turgeon who was put on administrative leave for DUs final 10 regular-season games. Turgeon is still listed as head coach on the team’s website. Ard went 6-0 in her final half dozen regular-season games and the Pioneers were bounced by North Dakota State in the first round of the Summit League Tournament. Assuming Turgeon is returning, it will be interesting to note if recruiting has been impacted or if there are additional departures from Turgeon’s staff.

  • DU’s Joe Lanzi, a 6’5″ shooting guard, announced that he has entered the NCAA transfer portal. Lanzi had a lower-body injury during the season and saw little to no action the final half of this past season. He played in 19 games, averaged 16.4 minutes and averaged 4.1 points-per-game, 2.1 rebounds, and 28 total turnovers.
  • Despite an early end to gymnastics and ski season, several Pioneers received significant honors for this past season

3 thoughts on “Business Continues During Shutdown of Athletics”

  1. Losing Callum Stretch is a huge, gaping loss for DU. In my opinion, he was the team’s best player and has the potential to be an all-American, a leader and a professional player after college.

    After building the DU program into a national top 4 contender in 2016, the entire program seems to be regressing from those kinds of heights. There has a been lot of coaching staff change with assistants leaving, as well as some good players leaving the program before graduation (Stretch, Davis, Jungjohann, etc.) and of course, last year’s losing season that was a bit rescued by DU making the dance anyway with a Summit League tourney win.

    Let’s hope that Jamie can get the right pieces in place to get DU back into that national conversation…

  2. Two thoughts….Today’s athletes are more accepting of transfers and ‘players coaches’ are likely to be the big winners going forward. Luckily I think most DU coaches fall into that category. Also, if Jim Turgeon stays, you have to question that long suspension. It is certain to impact recruiting of incoming players who want to know what happened. And if he leaves, Ard should have been offered the job. It certainly seemed like a stiff penalty without explanation.

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