Congratulations to the graduating Class of 2018 who got to play and watch the greatest sports era in the history of the University of Denver. During your four years at DU, you never experienced a school year without a national championship team – a rare feat for ANY school.
Best of luck from LetsGoDU.
This past school year was an athletic success by nearly any measure – but bittersweet in other ways.
Nearly all the athletic teams or athletes represented the Crimson and Gold in various NCAA Tournaments. And DU will be taking home their 10th Directors’ Cup as the best non-football athletic department in the land. Continue reading 2017-2018 a winner for Athletics, bittersweet for greater DU community
As usual, we are encouraging everyone to participate in One Day for DU again this year. We believe your dollars would be wisely spent on DU athletics – they recently earned an unprecedented 10th Director’s Cup and continue to be the highest performing Division on campus.
See their 2018 highlights below:
But there are also other athletes on campus representing Pioneer Nation with DU on their chest. And, they often give their blood, sweat, and tears on the roads, fields, and ice – and often out with cash out of their own pockets.
We need to help.
We want to point out a few DU Sports Clubs which have garnered local, regional and national success. With a successful DI Athletic Department, DU’s Club Sports often fly under the radar – and we hope you give to them as well. There are 34 sports clubs at DU and we are highlighting four of our favorites below. Continue reading DU Club Sports deserve #1DAY4DU support
It wasn’t a guarantee that the Denver Pioneers women’s lacrosse program would even be at this point, playing the top-seeded Maryland Terrapins in the second round of the NCAA Tournament, a week ago. After a great regular season and BIG EAST Tournament that ended at the hands of the Florida Gators in the conference title game, Denver remained on the bubble heading into Selection Sunday. Thanks to a number of major conference victories and a signature nonconference victory over the Colorado Buffaloes, Denver was awarded a spot in the NCAA Tournament. Continue reading Pioneers’ season ends at hands of defending national champs
Photo: Courtesy University of Denver. This rendering shows DU hockey’s Miller Complex locker room when complete
The University of Denver is undergoing an athletic transformation that many fans may not see but are, nonetheless, critical to DU’s success now and in the future.
Of course, fans want to see the glitzy, visible additions like the new Denver Tennis Park and the upgraded Hamilton Gym with a new synthetic playing surface for volleyball that an anonymous donor purchased this past season.
But, there are a number of ‘behind the scenes’ improvements that are keys to recruiting and sustaining athletic excellence. And many of these are being supported by donors who have become an ever more critical part of DU athletics capital campaigns now and in the future. Continue reading Behind the scenes upgrades keep DU in Division I arms race
DU fans are most familiar with the number 33. That’s the new number of national team championships owned by the University of Denver. As of the beginning of this school year, Denver had 428 All- Americans. But expect that number to grow considerably.
DU fans have become so accustomed to these awards that many fail to fully appreciate just how rare and special they are for both the athlete and the institution. And, each sport in collegiate athletics applies a different formula to award this special designation.
Expect Denver to add at least another 25 new All-American titles this school year to the current list. Continue reading University of Denver reaps All-American windfall
The Denver Post continues to downsize. According to the latest staff cut announcement, 30 newsroom jobs will be trimmed from the current 90 positions. Once staffed by as many as 220 newsroom personnel, the latest cuts are going to further diminish the paper’s ability to conduct investigative reporting, will limit sports coverage – especially at the prep and collegiate levels and provide us with less of an understanding of what is going on in Denver and the region. The ever growing metropolitan area of Denver with nearly three million people and a city budget of $1.4 billion dollars will have fewer checks and balances in place. And, in our view, that is not a good thing.
Digital First Media owns The Denver Post and has been taking chunks out of the staff and budget for quite some time. They in turn are owned by Alden Global Capital, a New York-based hedge fund specializing in distressed properties. Alden has announced plans since 2014 to sell the Denver Post and other media properties without success. Many locals have hoped for a local buyer such as Philip Anshutz to come to the rescue and save the faltering paper but no white knight has come to the rescue of the Post. Continue reading Massive Denver Post cuts put coverage at risk
The Mountain West Conference is looking to shake things up again and Gonzaga is their prime target to upgrade its conference basketball fortunes. Usually, these things are handled in private, but both parties, Gonzaga and the Mountain West Commissioner, have expressed a public interest. And, the change could happen as soon as next season. The story was broken earlier this week by The San Diego Union-Tribune.
Other reputable sources such as Sports Illustrated, SB Nation, and even The Denver Post have reported on the story over the last several days. Continue reading Possible Gonzaga Mountain West move opens door to West Coast membership
There are lots of things happening with DU athletics. Here are some things you may have missed:
- The DU Ski team is on a mission this winter. They are seeking redemption from last season’s heartbreaking final day when the championship slipped away. They won the Rocky Mountain Intercollegiate Ski Association (RMISA) Championship this past weekend – surprisingly, the first time in 11 seasons. LetsGoDU will be live in Steamboat in two weeks to follow the Pioneers when they go for their 24th national championship.
Continue reading Leftovers & Loose Ends
The hiring of University of Maine Athletic Director Karlton Creech as DU’s new Vice Chancellor for Athletics and Recreation looks to be a ‘safe’ hire for the University of Denver, likely to build incrementally on the legacy of the retiring Peg Bradley-Doppes, who spent the last 13 years in the position. Creech begins at DU on May 1, 2018.
DU wanted to hire a “sitting” AD and did just that. Creech will inherit a DU athletic program that is flying high as the best non-football athletic department in the country, but still faces many challenges going forward. Continue reading Puck Swami’s Rapid Reaction: DU’s Choice of Maine AD Karlton Creech is a “Safe Hire”