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Tennis Shockers: Both Head Coaches Departing DU

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. Continue reading Tennis Shockers: Both Head Coaches Departing DU

DU Men’s Hoops Makes Recruiting Splash with Three-Star Freshman Signing

Denver entered the rare air of college basketball recruiting when they landed a prized, three-star (247 Sports ) recruit out of Illinois, Tevin Smith.  According to Verbal Commits who assigned Smith a 2-star ranking on their board, Smith received offers from Miami (Ohio), Milwaukee, DePaul, Oregon and Bradley. Initially, Smith committed to Cal-State Fullerton. Continue reading DU Men’s Hoops Makes Recruiting Splash with Three-Star Freshman Signing

Which Program has the Best Chance at Winning DU’s 34th National Title?

It was 2018 when Denver skiing won their 24th national NCAA title. Denver hockey secured their 8th title during the 2016-2017 season. In 2015, head coach Bill Tierney led Denver to its first men’s lacrosse NCAA championship. By recent DU standards, a three-year championship drought is too long and it begs the question of which team will win the athletic department’s next national title and when?

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Denver Athletics Concludes 2020-2021 Season

Denver Men’s Golf made a final day charge but their over-par performance on the final few holes caused them to fall to sixth out of 13 teams at the 2021 NCAA Cle Elum Regional. Just the top five teams advance to nationals out of each regional and Denver fell just short of fifth-place Florida. It would have been historic for men’s golf to appear in the NCAA championships, a drought that has extended for over 61 years. Only three individual athletes remain in the NCAA playoffs. DU Women’s golfer Anna Zanusso is left as an individual athlete competing May 21st-23rd at the NCAA Championship at Grayhawk Golf Club in Scottsdale, Arizona. Anna Reidmiller from Women’s Tennis and James Davis from Men’s Tennis are in the NCAA Tennis Championships May 23rd-28th in Orlando, Florida.

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#1Day4DU – Spotlight on Women’s Athletics

It is #1Day4DU again and time to consider an annual gift to the University of Denver and, especially, any number of our successful women’s athletic programs. Head volleyball coach Tom Hogan sums it up best: “Our entire athletic department is still recovering from the financial losses we incurred during the COVID year, and every team has been impacted in one way or another through reduced budgets. It’s critical to our long-term competitiveness that we get back our financial footing, so that we can compete with top tier division one programs, and provide an amazing experience for our student-athletes.” Continue reading #1Day4DU – Spotlight on Women’s Athletics

Northwestern Pounds Denver in Evanston, Illinois, 19-4

A well-rested #2 Northwestern team (14-0), coming off two weeks of rest and preparation, caught a Denver team (16-2) with only two days of rest in the second-round NCAA tournament match in Evanston, Illinois. The Wildcats had the fresh legs and plenty of speed and talent to defeat Denver on their home field at Martin Stadium, 19-4.

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Denver Women’s Lacrosse Stuns Undefeated Stanford, 15-13, in NCAA First Round

Denver got a tough assignment against the undefeated Stanford Cardinal (11-1, 7-1) in an NCAA Tournament first-round match in Evanston, Illinois Friday afternoon. A 15 game winning streak by Denver made this game a compelling matchup. Something had to give and it was a rugged defense and timely goals that won the game for Denver. Continue reading Denver Women’s Lacrosse Stuns Undefeated Stanford, 15-13, in NCAA First Round