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What’s in a name? Just ask Holy Cross faculty

The nickname for Holy Cross is the Crusaders. And, not surprisingly, the school’s newspaper is called The Crusader, a weekly newspaper published by the students of this small Jesuit college in Worchester, Massachusetts. DU athletic fans may recall that this university is the landing spot for former DU head basketball coach Joe Scott. Continue reading What’s in a name? Just ask Holy Cross faculty

Crimson & Gold touch propels Denver to national powerhouse status

Photo Courtesy University of Denver Magazine

LetsGoDU friend CD Dunks reminds us that there is no need to use the term ‘mid-major’. And the same goes for ‘secondary sport’ – i.e. any sport that is not called football or Power-Five conference basketball. The big question is: Has Peg Bradley-Doppes simply built one of the finest athletic department in the land?  Continue reading Crimson & Gold touch propels Denver to national powerhouse status

The University of Denver announces $140 million in campus capital projects

Photo: DU’s student Driscoll Center, constructed in the mid-eighties, will be redesigned to better accommodate current student needs.

As part of DU’s Impact 2025 strategic plan, the University will invest $140 million dollars over the next three years on campus capital projects according to the recently released Building for the Future. As we mentioned before, the University is focusing on designing and building community spaces on campus to drive the community to the University of Denver campus and keep students on campus.  Continue reading The University of Denver announces $140 million in campus capital projects

Former Pioneer star still needs our help

Photo: The Ford family and friends with Kortne Ford (mother right) on the Colorado Rapids’ visit to play Sporting KC earlier this season 

Having a sick parent is tough. But for DU alum and current Colorado Rapid Kortne Ford, only 21 years of age, he faces a mountain of challenges his first year away from DU.

Ford played soccer for three seasons for the University of Denver and was an outstanding student. After signing in January with the Rapids, he figured to be a backup this season. However, starting center back Axel Sjoberg is out for six to eight weeks because of an injury. So Ford has been getting starts for the Rapids. His head coach Pablo Mastroeni loves Ford’s attitude and effort. Continue reading Former Pioneer star still needs our help

Puck Swami: Pioneer Points To Boost DU Student Attendance

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Photo Credit: Denver Post

We’ve written several articles here at LetsGoDU about the ongoing need for better game attendance at DU sports events, as low attendance erodes the relevance of DU sports in our community. Without spectators, our games slip into obscurity and are only relevant to participants, friends and family. Spectators are also crucial to winning more games due to crowd support, recruiting better players and coaches, the development of school spirit and shared DU experiences, exposure and reputation gains, as well as a better financial reward for our sports programs.

Student attendance is the core metric that matters most, in our view. Students are the ones who drive the atmosphere at most DU sporting events, and they create the noise, support and whatever home advantage they can.

So it’s good to see DU taking the next step in rewarding students for attending sporting events by developing the Pioneer Points program. You can read a good article about it here from the Clarion, DU’s student newspaper.

After reading the article, I have a few more suggestions to take the points program to the next level:

1. Reward those who stay for the whole game: I’m glad to see DU rewarding early arrivals with bonus points for swipes an hour before game time. DU should also reward bonus points for game exit swipes 5-20 minutes after the game ends to encourage students to stay for the duration of games. Far too many students leave games early, and by rewarding them for staying, some will stay and cheer to the end.

2. Award points for expressing great fan behavior: Have roving scanners in the student section to reward those students who go out of their way to bring noise or school spirit to the games. Reward the sign-makers, noise-makers, DU regalia-wearers, and others who start successful cheers or who bring extra effort to the spectator experience.

3. Award extra points for those who bring groups of 3 or more friends to the game. We want more fans to come, so reward those fans who generate more fans. DU would need to figure out a way to track this, but it could be done.

4. Award those fans who display knowledge of DU sports with extra points through quizzes, socreboard contests, social media and for answering questions (correctly) from in-game hosts, as we try to grow more engagement and emotional attachment to our sports programs.

5. Award major prizes to the points winners at the end of each quarter and the end of the year, too. Showering the best fans with the best prizes will make others want to earn them too.

Please share your other ideas below, in the comments section. Go Pios!

Puck Swami is the Internet moniker of a long-time DU fan and alumnus.

Dunk and Hamilton are latest (rare) members of DU first round draft club

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For the first time in Denver Pioneer soccer history, an MLS team selected a graduating  Denver soccer senior in the first round of the MLS SuperDraft, not once, but twice. Right back Reagan Dunk, a two-time all-American and the most decorated player in Denver history, was selected 13th overall by Real Salt Lake, and two picks later at #15, Denver midfielder Sam Hamilton, an native of Evergreen, Colo., was selected by the hometown Colorado Rapids.

These draft picks mark a high water mark in player development for the Denver soccer program. The Pioneers had six players selected in previous MLS drafts, but none of them were first round selections.  A first round pick is validation that players produced at DU were not only good enough to be selected in the top 15 of all college seniors this year, but also shows prospective recruits that Denver is a now a truly elite place to develop as a player. This should really help DU in recruiting top players with professional aspirations.

First round draft picks from the five major professional sports at DU are quite rare. Dunk and Hamilton are the latest members in a very elite club of only six DU athletes in all of major American professional sports to be first round draft selections.

DU Hockey has 112 players drafted by the NHL over the years, but has had only four first round NHL draft picks in its 65+ year history. Craig Redmond was first at #6 in 1984, Joe Colborne next at #16 in 2008, Beau Bennett was selected at #20 in 2010 and current Pioneer Henrik Borgström, was selected 23rd in the 2016 NHL Draft.

DU has never had a first round pick in the NBA draft, although some 15 DU players have been selected over the years, the highest of whom was Byron Beck, a second round draft pick in the 1967 draft who had his number retired after a long and productive career with the Denver Nuggets in the ABA and NBA.

DU has also never had a first rounder in the NFL Draft, either, although seven Pioneers were drafted by NFL teams prior to DU dropping the sport in 1961. The highest DU football draft pick was Greg Browning, who was selected by the Pittsburgh Steelers in the 6th round of the 1945 NFL draft.

Pioneer baseball, which ceased at the varsity level in 1998, also has 16 overall players drafted by Major League Baseball teams back in the day, but no first round selections. The highest regular-drafted player in DU history was Dan Schatzeder, a third round pick in 1976, who went on to a 15-year Major League pitching career, whose career highlight was being the winning pitcher in Game 6 of the 1987 World Series with the Minnesota Twins.

Welcome to the club, Reagan and Sam.

Go Pios.

American Hero Troy Terry sends Sun Devils back to Desert

photo courtesy of Shannon Valerio

American hero Troy Terry returned to Magness Arena for his first collegiate game since championing USA to gold at World Juniors. Terry crafted a career-high two-goal, three-assist night to lead the University of Denver Pioneers to a 6-1 victory over the Arizona State University Sun Devils (ASU) on Saturday, Jan. 7. Continue reading American Hero Troy Terry sends Sun Devils back to Desert