- 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.
— Kevin Robson (@kprobson16) March 11, 2020
- 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.
Today I end 1 chapter & begin a new one. Thank you to everyone at Denver, especially @Jim_Turgeon for the opportunities during my time there. I am so honored & excited to start this journey as the Head Women’s Basketball Coach @ Utah State University. Time to get to work! #Aggies https://t.co/RkqDRGDtUl
— Kayla Ard (@Kayla_Ard) March 23, 2020
- 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
— Denver Skiing (@DU_Skiing) March 24, 2020
— Denver Gymnastics (@DU_Gymnastics) March 24, 2020
Ian Mitchell named to the All-CHN Second Team https://t.co/UVEsicwxZ1
— LetsGoDU (@LetsGoDU) March 23, 2020