Sports & Recreation

assistant coach and alumnus David Carle (BSBA ’12) was promoted to head coach of the men’s hockey team in May. Photo courtesy of DU Athletics

Assistant coach Carle promoted to head hockey position

The Pioneers kept it in the family when it came time to choose a new hockey coach. In May, assistant coach and alumnus David Carle (BSBA ’12) was promoted to head coach of the men’s hockey team. Carle, the ninth head coach in the history of the program, replaced Jim […]

The men's soccer team’s focus on schoolwork and service netted it its fourth Gold Vest Award in the last five years. The honor is given annually to an outstanding Pioneers team for excellence in community service, academics, spirit, leadership and athletic performance. Photo: Wayne Armstrong

For men’s soccer team, giving back is a real kick

Even at the University of Denver, where the priorities of every athletics team include a focus on academics and community service, men’s soccer stands out. Consistently ranked among the NCAA Division I teams with the highest cumulative GPA, the squad also has a commitment to service that finds its members […]

A championship season for men’s and women’s lacrosse

A championship season for men’s and women’s lacrosse

For the first time since 2014, both the women’s and men’s lacrosse teams went to the NCAA tournament in the same season. The men’s team defeated seventh-seeded Notre Dame in the first round on May 13 but came up short against Albany in the quarterfinals. It was a similar story […]

Peg Bradley-Doppes: Leaving an enduring legacy

Peg Bradley-Doppes: Leaving an enduring legacy

Peg Bradley-Doppes, DU’s longtime vice chancellor of athletics and recreation, has spent the last half hour talking about her life. About her humble upbringing with eight siblings in Cincinnati. About her success as a scholarship athlete and Division I coach. And most of all, about her remarkable 13-year run leading […]

Troy Terry became DU’s first current student-athlete to skate in the Olympics for Team USA in hockey. Photo: Jean Catuffe/Getty

Students, alumni compete at 2018 Winter Olympics

Two current student-athletes and three DU alumni represented their respective countries — as well as the crimson and gold — at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea. Former Pioneer men’s skier Leif Kristian Nestvold-Haugen led Team Norway to a bronze medal in the debut of the Alpine Skiing […]

Welcoming a new VC for athletics and recreation

Welcoming a new VC for athletics and recreation

Karlton Creech, former athletic director at the University of Maine, was hired in February as DU’s new vice chancellor for athletics, recreation and Ritchie Center operations. He assumed his new position on May 1. Creech, who replaces outgoing athletics director Peg Bradley-Doppes, has spent more than two decades in sports […]

“If we can get people out to watch us just one time, they’ll come back,” says new women's basketball head coach Jim Turgeon. Photo: Wayne Armstrong

New coach means a new era for women’s basketball

Jim Turgeon admits that men’s basketball programs usually get most of the attention at universities. But for him, there’s nothing more exciting than women’s basketball. “I think [on the women’s side] the game is played the way it’s supposed to be: below the rim,” says the new head coach of […]

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Men’s lacrosse slips to Maryland in NCAA semifinal

The NCAA championship proved elusive for another year for the DU men’s lacrosse team, which lost 9-8 to the Maryland Terrapins in the May 27 semifinal game at Gillette Stadium outside of Boston. Maryland went on to defeat Ohio State in the championship game. This was DU’s fifth trip to […]

DU hockey fans around the country cheered on the night of April 8 as the Pioneers defeated the Minnesota-Duluth Bulldogs 3-2 to bring home DU’s first NCAA hockey trophy since the team won back-to-back titles in 2004 and 2005. Photo: Jeff Haynes

Pioneers net first NCAA hockey championship since 2005

Call it a victory 12 years in the making: DU hockey fans around the country stood up and cheered on the night of April 8 as the Pioneers defeated the Minnesota-Duluth Bulldogs 3-2 to bring home DU’s first NCAA hockey trophy since the team won back-to-back titles in 2004 and 2005. […]

Pioneer Rodney Billups returns to campus as men’s basketball coach

Pioneer Rodney Billups returns to campus as men’s basketball coach

Rodney Billups never expected his career to turn out the way it did. He dreamed about playing professional basketball. He wanted to be a business owner. Retire early. Follow in the footsteps of his brother Chauncey Billups — the former NBA star and arguably the best player to ever come […]

"Most people do not know, nor do they care, who the athletics director is," says Peg Bradley-Doppes. "All that matters is that I do my job." Photo: Wayne Armstrong

Q&A with DU Athletics Director Peg Bradley-Doppes on the Pioneers’ ongoing success

Bradley-Doppes guided the Pioneers to their fourth-straight Learfield Sports DI-AAA Directors’ Cup in July 2016. The award is given each year to the top NCAA Division I non-football school.