Bombshell news came on Denver Athletics on Friday afternoon. Two highly successful coaches at DU who have led Denver to multiple NCAA tennis tournaments are leaving DU. It is unknown why the coaches are departing the Crimson and Gold but it is certainly not because of their results. Both Christian Bass and Ricardo Rubio are coming off conference titles and NCAA appearances going a combined 30-8 this season while sweeping the Summit League and playing in the NCAA Tournament. These departures are all the more puzzling after DU invested in the new Denver Tennis Center and both programs were on an upward trajectory.
Women’s head coach Christian Bass completed her eigth season at DU during the the 2020-2021 season. During her tenure, the five-time Summit League Coach of the Year (2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2021) has led the Pioneers to seven-consecutive Summit League Championship titles and seven-consecutive NCAA tournament appearances. Bass and the Pioneers finished 14-4 and 5-0 in Summit League play in 2021, led by Summit League Women’s Tennis Player of the Year and NCAA Singles Championship qualifier Anna Riedmiller. Bass joined the Pioneers after serving the previous three seasons as an assistant coach at Yale where she helped lead the Bulldogs to a 59-15 record during that span, including a sparkling 18-3 mark in Ivy League play, three ECAC Indoor Team Championships and a pair of Ivy League titles.
Men’s tennis coach, Ricardo Rubio, completed his sixth season as head coach of the Pioneers during the 2020-2021 season. Since coming to Denver in September 2015, Rubio has guided the Pioneers to three Summit League Tournament titles (2016, 2017, 2021), four Summit League regular-season championships (2016, 2017 2019, 2021) and three NCAA tournament appearances (2016, 2017, 2021). Prior to joining Denver, Rubio spent 13 seasons with the coaching staff for the men’s tennis program at the University of Texas. He served as an assistant coach during his first nine seasons with the team before being promoted to associate head coach prior to the 2011-12 campaign.
DU does not publicly comment about personnel matters.