A court-tested coach brings program-building expertise to DU

The University of Denver has named Jeff Wulbrun as head coach of the Pioneers men’s basketball team. Wulbrun is the 33rd head coach in the program’s history. 

Wulbrun comes to DU with experience at several Division I programs, most recently at Stanford University, where he served as associate head coach for the men’s basketball program.  

“Jeff is a proven program builder with a depth of coaching experience,” says Karlton Creech, vice chancellor for athletics and recreation and Ritchie Center operations. “His success at every stop along the way stands for itself, but what drew us to Jeff was his development of people. Relationships are the foundation of his recruiting and coaching, and I’m confident he is the right person to lead this program. Jeff has a clear vision of what a successful program under his leadership looks like, a vision built on the foundation of his success at five different Division I programs.” 

Wulbrun has three decades of coaching experience, including 21 at the college level. He recently completed his fifth season at Stanford, serving the first two as an assistant before being named the associate head coach of the program ahead of the 2018–19 season.  

In his time at Stanford, Wulbrun spearheaded a nationally ranked recruiting effort with top-10 recruiting classes in both 2017 and 2020, and top-20 recruiting classes in 2018 and 2021.  

“I am truly excited to join the Denver family and collaborate with the great team Karlton has assembled to raise the program to new heights and one the faculty, students, University community and the city of Denver will take great pride in,” Wulbrun says. “I believe the opportunity to promote such a prestigious academic institution with a great athletic history in one of America’s great cities is a special opportunity.” 

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