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1997 DU MEN'S TENNIS TEAM

(left to right) front row: Head Coach Rob Oertel, Sigurd Zebaurers, Brian Post, Ken Curley, Kenton

Payne, David Von Stroh, assistant coach Devin Shaffer. Back row: Erich Koch, Orkun algar, Ryan

Lutz, and Ozhun Olgar.

The purpose of the new elevated tennis courts and pavilion (pictured above) is to provide the DU tennis

teams, as well as the university community and neighborhoods with a complete facility for learning, competing,

and enjoying outdoor tennis.

The Tennis Pavilion is meant to encourage interest in health and exercise. The lighted facility will

feature a grandstand court which will provide seating for approximately 400 spectators. In addition, there will

be team locker rooms for both the men's and women's varsity squads, a team lounge, and coaches offices. In

pursuit of servicing the university community and neighborhoods, there will be men's and women's public

locker rooms, a teaching pro's office, a club lounge, as well as a pro shop and concession area.


QUICK FACTS

Location: Denver, Colorado

Address: 2201 East Asbury Ave.

Denver, CO 80208-0320

Founded: 1864

Enrollment: 8,710

Nickname: Pioneers

Mascot: Denver Boone

Colors: Crimson and Gold

Home Tennis Courts: Gates Tennis Center

Conference: Rocky Mountain Athletic (affiliate member)

National Mfiliation: NCAA I (pending)

Chancellor: Daniel L. Ritchie

Vice Chancellor for Sports and Wellness: Bernie Mullin

Director of Intercollegiate Athletics: Joel Maturi

Assistant Athletics Director for Public Relations: Jeff Howard

Manager of Media Relations: Dave Mellin

Assisstant Manager of Public Relations: Heidi Bishop

Tennis Public Relations Contact: Mike Worley

SID Office Phone: (303) 871-3392

SID FAX: : (303) 871-3890

Head Coach: Rob Oertel (first year)

Head Coach Phone: (303) 871-2512

Assistant Tennis Coach: Devin Shaffer (third year)

Director of Sports Medicine: Jeff Smith

Tennis Athletic Trainer: Barbara Baros

Key Returnees (7):

Orkun Olgar, Sr., Yesilyurt Istanbul, Turkey

Brian Post, Sr., Tulsa, Okla. (Cowley County c.c.)

Ken Curley, So., Englewood, Colo.

Erich Koch, So., Edina, Minn.

Ryan Lutz, So., Wheatridge, Colo.

Ozhun Olgar, So., Yesilyurt Istanbtrl, Turkey

Kenton Payne, So., Laguna Hills, Calif.

Key Losses (3):

B.}. Frohnapfel, Sr., Tulsa, Okla.

Fabian Nelson, Sr., Hammond, La.

Dennis Dozon, So., Norfolk, Neb. (transfer)

Newcomers: (2):

David Von Stroh, Fr., Santa Rosa, Calif.

Sigurd Zebaurers, Fr., Golden, Colo. (Nevada-Las Vegas)

CREDITS

Editor, Writer and Designer: Mike Worley, graduate assistant-public

relations/ tennis. Additional Assistance: Dave Mellin, manager of media

relations, Heidi Bishop, asst. managerofmediarelations, andBenteBjomsen,

graduateassistant. PhotographybyBrian LewisandDU Photo Files...Inside

Back Cover Photos by Denver Metro Convention & Visitors Bureau and

TomCherrey. Front Cover Design by Dave Mellin. Linotronic Output by

Lineaux, Inc. ColorSeparationsbyUniversal Graphics. PrintingbyKeyline

Graphics.

The 1996-97 Denver Men's Tennis Media Guide was produced by the University

ofDenver Athletics Department on the Macintosh LC III with Aldus PageMaker

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Universi-ty of Denver Men's Tennis

CONTENTS

Future Denver Tennis Facility Inside Cover

Quick Facts 1

1996-97 Roster 2

Tennis Coaching Staff 3

1996-97 Review 4

1997 Preview 4

Pioneer Profiles 5-6

1996 Results 7

Denver Men's Tennis History 7

Denver Men's Tennis Hall of Fame 7

All-Time Men's Tennis Coaching Records 7

Chancellor Daniel L. Ritchie 8

Vice Chancellor for Sports and Wellness Bernie Mullin 8

Director of Athletics Joel Maturi 8

Pioneer Athletics Fund 9-10

Campus Life at the University of Denver 11

Denver and the Rocky Mountain Region 12

1997 Men's Tennis Schedule Back Cover

DU Tennis on 'the In'terne't

Check out the University of Denver's tennis home page

and find out news and information about each of DD's

18 intercollegiate sports programs on the internet at

http://www.du.edu/athletics.

U_IV.R$ITT o. DEN_E...

CRaCES

Spofl5Olcd by:

HEALTH CARE

"Smart Choices," sponsored by FHP Health Care, is a University of

Denver Division of Athletics, Recreation and Wellness program designed

to promote responsible decision making among DU student-athletes and

membersof theDUcommunitywithregard to alcohol, substanceabuse and

sexual responSibility. Under the direction of Associate Athletics Director

Diane Wendt, this unique peer education programhas benefited from two

NCAA Foundation grants and two years of program funding from the

Colorado Department of Transportation and Safety since its inception in

1991.

The "Smart Choices" program offers prevention education seminars

and activities addressing topics ofinterestandconcern among DU studentathletes.

TheSmartChoices Student-Athlete Advisoryboard provides peer

leadership and direction for the program throughout the academic year.

Diana McNab, director of wellness, has been instrumental in the planning

and offering of educational seminars which focus on the topic of wellness

and whole person education. The Colorado Departmentof Transportation

and Safety grant is coordinated by Deanna Blood, head women's lacrosse

coach.

In1993-94, as a resultofthecontinuedsuccess ofthe program, DU was

selected as one of 46 pilot NCAA institutions in the country to participate

in the NCAA Life-Skills programs. To find outmoreabout"SmartChoices,"

call (303) 871-3398.

1997 Denver Men's Tennis Media Guide • 1 BI


1997 RosTer

DENVER MEN'S TENNIS (BY CLASS)

Name

OrkunOlgar

Brian Post

Ken Curley

Erich Koch

Ryan Lutz

OzhunOlgar

Kenton Payne

David Von Stroh

Sigurd Zebaurers

DENVER MEN'S TENNIS (APHABETICAL)

Name

Ken Curley

Erich Koch

Ryan Lutz

OrkunOlgar

OzhunOlgar

Kenton Payne

Brian Post

David Von Stroh

Sigurd Zebaurers

CI.

Sr.

Sr.

So.

So.

So.

So.

So.

Fr.

Fr.

CI.

So.

So.

So.

Sr.

So.

So.

Sr.

Fr.

Fr.

Turkish native Orkun Olgar concludes his fouryear

career for the crimson and gold this season.

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Hometown

Yesilyurt Istanbul, Turkey

Tulsa, Oklahoma

Englewood, Colorado

Edina, Minnesota

Wheatridge, Colorado

Yesilyurt Istanbul, Turkey

Laguna Hills, California

Santa Rosa, California

Golden, Colorado

Hometown

Englewood, Colorado

Edina, Minnesota

Wheatridge, Colorado

Yesilyurt Istanbul, Turkey

Yesilyurt Istanbul, Turkey

Laguna Hills, California

Tulsa, Oklahoma

Santa Rosa, California

Golden, Colorado

Senior Brian Post returns after completing last

season with a 21-6 record at No.6 competition.

ROSTER BREAKDOWN

By CLASS

Freshmen (2):

Von Stroh

Zebaurers

Sophomores (5): Curley

Koch

Lutz

algar, Ozhun

Payne

Juniors (0): None

Seniors (2): algar, Orkun

Post

By STATE/NATION

California (2):

Colorado (3):

Minnesota (1):

Oklahoma (1):

Turkey (2):

Payne

Von Stroh

Curley

Lutz

Zebaurers

Koch

Post

algar, Orkun

algar, Ozhun


Head Coach Rob Oertel

Rob Oertel was named the University

of Denver's head tennis coach

on August 26,1996 after seven

successful seasons leading the

Indiana State University tennis

program. In search of Division I

experience and a proven winner to

help steer DU's move to Division I

tennis, DU found the perfect fit in

Oertel.

"1 am thrilled about the

potential that the DU athletics

program has and am really excited about being a part of an

outstanding academic institution. Certainly the new Daniel L.

Ritchie Center was one of the biggest drawing cards in wanting to

be a part of Pioneer athletics."

In 1990 Oertel led the Sycamore men to a 13-10 overall

mark. Just two seasons earlier ISU had been 3-7. Oertel guided

both the men's and women's programs in 1990 before assuming

the coaching duties solely for the men's program in 1991.

During the 1994-95 campaign, Oertel saw his team climb

to the regular season Missouri Valley Conference co-ehampionship

and gamer a second place finish in the post-season conference

championships. That same year also produced an MVC

Coach-of-the-Year award for Oertel. The Sycamores were 18-9

overall with wins over Purdue, Kansas and Marquette. Additionally,

the team won 12 of its final 13 contests. That team also

received a berth in the NCAA National Team Championships

where they advanced to the final 24 before falling to Arizona

State. As a head coach, Oertel has endured only one losing season

en route to an impressive 95-73 record.

Assistant Coach Devin Shaffer

Devin Shaffer begins his third season as the

men's and women's assistant coach.

A local graduate of Denver East High

School, Shaffer attended the University of

Pennsylvania, and the prestigious Wharton

School of Business, earning a B.A. degree in

Economics. From there, Shaffer entered the

University of Chicago earning a master's

degree in economic thought in 1993. Shaffer

is currentlyenrolled in the DU Law School, on track to graduate

with his degree in May of this year. He will begin work as a law

clerk assisting a federal judge in Illinois in August.

As a player, Shaffer was the No.1 ranked high school player

in the state ofColorado while competing for the Angels. He was

also the top ranked performer in the Intermountain Section. In

addition, Shaffer attained a Top-50 national ranking, peaking at

No. 33.

Shaffer went onto success at the collegiate level playing No.

1 singles for the Quakers and earning a No.7 East Coast Athletic

Conference (ECAC) ranking at one point. Upon completion of

his eligibility, Shaffer joined the ATP Tour for a seven month

stint during which he earned a world ranking before leaving the

tour to pursue his graduate degree.

Shaffer's primary responsibilitieswillinclude assistingwith

daily practices, fund-raising activities and community service

projects. Shaffer resides in Denver and is single.

Coaching STaff

A native of West Allis, Wis., the 32-year old Oertel

graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Stout in 1986 with a

degree in business administration. In 1988 he began his coaching

career at St. Mary's Catholic School in Monroe, Mich. as associate

head coach. He next assumed the head coaching reins at his alma

mater, Wisconsin -Stout, for one season before his move to

Indiana State. In 1991 he earned a masters of science degree from

ISU in physical education with an emphasis in sports administration.

As a player, Oertel was one of the most decorated

athletes to ever play for the Blue Devils. Oertel was the school's

first-ever tennis All-American. He was also part of four consecutive

conference championship teams. In addition, he captured

individual conference championships in 1984 (No.3 singles), 1985

(No.1 singles), and 1986 (No.1 doubles). Named the team's team

captain and most valuable player in 1985-'86, Oertel peaked by

earning a national ranking of No. 13 in singles and No.4 in

doubles during his senior campaign. In 1996, Oertel was inducted

into the Wisconsin-Stout Athletics Hall of Fame.

Oertel's extensive coaching experience has been enhanced

in part by his work with players of all ages as a tennis pro

in the Fiji Islands, Michigan, and Wisconsin.

Oertel is single and resides in Denver.

DU is committed to NCAA compliance and

the true spirit of student-athletics

Thecompetitiveathletic program atthe UniversityofDenver

is designed to be a vital part of the education process. The

University ofDenveris committed to abidingby, and adhering

to, all NCAA Division I rules and regulations for each of its 18

sports. The administration, athletics staff and coaches have

made it a top priority to follow the legislation set forth by the

NCAA as it pertains to the conduct of DU's intercollegiate

athleticsprogramsandacademicintegrityissuessuchasadmissions,

financial aid, eligibility and recruiting.

The University of Denver is extremely proud of its academic

record for student-athletes as evidenced by the high

graduation rate and grade point averages maintained by DU

student-athletes. DU offers a highly competitive educational

environment attracting some of the top high school students

from all 50 states and from more than 70 countries throughout

the world. Despite the fact that DU students come from the

upper academic echelon of high school students, the studentathletes

graduate at a higher rate than the overall student

population and with a grade point average rightat the general

student population average. DU student-athletes averaged a

3.06 GPA from 1991-94 compared to a 3.09 GPA for all DU

students during that same period of time. DU's three-year

persistence rate (an NCAA measure ofprogress toward graduation)

from 1991-94 was a solid 76 percent, compared to 69

percent for the general student population.

Boosters are considered a representative of DU just by

being an alumnus, friend, or fan. InDivision I - according to

NCAA Bylaw 13.01.5.1 - representatives of an institution's

athletics interestsare prohibitedfrom makingin-person,on-oroff-campus

recruiting contacts, or written or telephonic communications

with a prospector the prospect's relatives orlegal

guardians. Questions regarding compliance canbe directed to

DU'sassistant athletic director RonGrahame at (303) 871-3892.

1997 Denver Men's Tennis Media Guide • 3 iIlII


Season Review/Preview

1997 Men's Tennis Preview

For first-year head coach Rob Oertel, the barometer for success in 1997 includes more than just wins and losses. With seven of

nine players returning from last season's first ever NCAA tournament bid and seven of nine either freshmen or sophomores, Oertel

will measure success as constant improvement toward future glory.

"Don't get me wrong, we want to win everytime we compete," explains Oertel. "But, more importantly, we want each player

to become a more well-rounded and versatile tennis player as the year progresses. Whether it is practice or a competiti0n, each athlete

will need to improve each day."

Competing in the midst of a two-year compliance period awaiting Division I status, the Pioneers are looking to build a solid

foundation for the future. In the absence of any conference title to chase or individual awards to attain, Oertel sees the transition as an

opportunity to schedule the best teams immediately. DU's spring action includes matches against formidable Division I opponents

such as Creighton, Colorado, Wichita State, Missouri, and Air Force among others. "We are young and we will be tested," Oertel

acknowledges. "But, we will keep the future in mind rather than the present and strive to improve ourselves each time out."

Seniors Orkun Olgar and Brian Post return after strong 1996 efforts that included helping the Pioneers earn a national ITA

ranking of No. 25. Five sophomores are back including No.1 and No.2 singles performers Erich Koch and Ryan Lutz. Laguna Hills

Calif., native Kenton Payne improved significantly during the off-season and will be an additional asset in singles competition. Ozhun

Olgar and Ken Curley add depth to the Pioneer contingent. David Von Stroh, a freshman from Santa Rosa, Calif., and Sigurd

Zebaurers, a Golden, Colo. native and transfer from Nevada-Las Vegas will bolster a strong singles line-up as they battle to join the

top-six.

Although the Pioneers lost their No.1 doubles tandem to graduation Koch, Post, Curley, and Orkun Olgar are all experienced

and well-suited for doubles action in 1996.

"The players are still in the adjustment process of getting to know what I expect of them. The athletes are working as hard as

they ever have in their tennis careers. As long as their work ethic and focus continue to stay at a high level, the improvement process

will take care of itself."

1996 Men's Tennis Review

The University of Denver men's tennis team completed a banner year earning a No. 25 Intercollegiate Tennis Association

ranking and advancing to the NCAA tournamenter the first time in school history.

In the NCAA tournament, DU dropped a Midwest Regional decision to Northwest Missouri State in match play on May 3rd at

Washburn University in Topeka, Kan. DU lost singles matches at the No.2, No.4 and No.6 positions giving NMSU a commanding 3-0

lead heading into doubles play. In doubles action, the Pioneer tandem of B.J. Frohnapfel and Fabian Nelson fell 8-6 at No.1 doubles

while the No.3 duo of Brian Post and Orkun Olgar lost 8-6 to end the match and the Pioneer season with an 11-12 overall record.

The Pioneers began the year slowly but won five straight matches between October 20 and February 24 to gain momentum

heading into conference play. No.1 singles, freshman Erich Koch (Edina, Minn.) led the resurgence. He won five matches with no

losses during the stretch. Koch was equally impressive the rest of the season compiling a 13-15 mark.

Hampered by injuries throughout the year, freshman Ryan Lutz (Wheat Ridge, Colo.) managed a 9-7 effort during the season.

During the Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference tournament, he shined. Lutz captured the quarter and semifinal matches before

downing Chris Leong of USC 4-6, 6-3, 6-3 in the No.2 singles championship match.

Senior B.J. Frohnapfel (Tulsa, Okla.) completed a successful campaign with a 14-17 effort at No.3 singles. Frohnapfel reached

the finals of the No.3 RMAC singles championship before falling in three sets; 3-6, 7-6, 6-2.

Junior Orkun Olgar (Yesilyurt Istanbul, Turkey) recorded 15 singles wins and 14 losses playing at the No.4 singles position.

He won two RMAC tournament matches before falling 6-4, 6-1 in the championship.

In addition to the leadership he provided, senor Fabian Nelson (Hammond, La.) tabulated a 14-11 mark. He won seven

straight singles matches to conclude the year including a 6-4, 6-2 championship win over Lance Pickett of USC in the RMAC tournament.

Nelson also claimed the most valuable player award for the Pioneers.

Playing at the No.6 slot for most of the season, junior Brian Post (Tulsa, Okla.) won 21 matches against only six defeats-by

far the best winning percentage on the team. He defeated Jacob Anderson of USC 6-2, 7-5 to win the No.6 RMAC singles title.

In doubles play, Frohnapfel/Nelson completed the year with an 11-12 mark at No.1 doubles. Playing at No.2, Koch/Lutz

battled injuries to record a 7-5 record.

DU narrowly missed an RMAC team championship finishing as the runner-up for the second consecutive season. They fell 4-2

to Southern Colorado in dual-match competition. Three Pioneers were first-team all-RMAC selections: Lutz, Nelson and Post.

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Pioneer Profiles

Ryan Lutz

Sophomore • 6'1"

Wheat Ridge, Colorado

(Wheat Ridge High School)

At DU: Managed to capture the RMAC

No.2 singles title en route to a productive season. 1996: Managed

a 9-7 singles effort playing exclusively at No. 2...With doubles

partnerKoch reachedsevenwinsagainstonlyfive losses...Defeated

nationally ranked Valdosta State's Mark Podschedly on March

21. ..High School: Wontwoindividualstate titles...Firstasa sophomore

at NO.2 singles, second as a juniorat No.3 singles...Finished

third as a senior at No. 1 singles...Helped the Farmers remain

amongst the top-three programs in the state...Ranked No.8 in

Intermountain Sectionals at 16's...Was No.9 at 18's...Registered a

national ranking ofNo. 125 as rated by the USTA in 16's. Personal:

Son of David Lutz and Polly Lutz-Lubin...Biology major. ..Has

three siblings; Toby, 14, Lindsay, 17, and Tyler, 12...Dad is a

stockbroker and mother is a psychologist...Aspires to one day

become a doctor...Enjoys strumming a guitar in his free time.

Coach Oertel says: "Ryan has a lot of raw talent that will only

develop and help himcontributeto the programoverthenext three

years."

Kenton Payne

Sophomore • 6'1"

Laguna Hills, California

(Laguna Hills High School)

AtDU: Madeadjustmentto college tennis

progressively as the season went on and should be a key

componentofthe nucleus this season. Personal: Sonof Harveyand

Suzanne Payne...Father is an attorney...General Business

major...Enjoys snow boarding, snow skiing, trail running and all

other related outdoor activities. Coach Oertel says: "Heis perhaps

the most improved player on the tennis squad. Kenton went about

working hard in the off-season and in the summer to improve his

overall game and it definitely shows in the way he is playing right

now."

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Ozhun Olgar

Sophomore • 6'2"

Yesilurt Istanbul, Turkey

(Robert ColI. High School)

At DU: Joined brother Orkun on 1996

roster, and saw limited action in singles and doubles play. High

School: Placed third in the 1994 Turkish Championships in

doubles...Climbed as high as No.7 in Turkish Tennis Federation

rankings in 1995...Has played in the Turkish tennis league's DivisionI

play-offonfive separateoccasions...His teams finished third

twice, fourth and fifth once. Personal: Son of Guven and Kadrime

Olgar...BrotherOrkun, 22...General Business major...Also participated

in volleyball and basketball in high school. ..Enjoys music,

swimmingand skiinginhis free time. Coach Oertelsays: "Ozhun's

biggest asset is his quickness and foot speed on the court. If he

learns to play to his strengths, he could compete for a top-six spot

and have a great year."

David Von Stroh

Freshman • 5'7"

Santa Rosa, California

(Cardinal Newman H.S.)

High School: Played on thevarsity tennis

team during all four years ofhigh school. ..Played No.1 and No.2

during his junior and senior campaigns...His team captured the

conference title four consecutive times...Wasa rankedplayerin the

Northern California Region at 16's...Competed in state semifinals

in doubles play. Personal: Son of Rolland and Catherine Von

Stroh...Has two brothers; Nelson, 26, and Eric 23...General Business

majoratDU...Likesskiing, windsurfingandmountainbiking.

Coach Oertel says: "David is looking to push for a spot in the topsix

this year. I'm confidentthathe will only improve and mature as

the year progresses and as he adjusts to this new level of tennis

competition."

Sigurd Zebauers

Freshman • 5'10"

Golden, Colorado

(Wheat Ridge High School)

High School: Lettered and played No.3

singles while being selected to the all-conference list for the SA

Farmers...Played No.2 as a sophomore...Was the district champion,anall-conferencepickandfinishedsecondinthestate...Ranked

No.1 in the state at 14's...Won the ITA Sectionals in 1994 and was

rankedNo. 3intheIntermountainRegion...PlayedintheKalamazoo

Nationals and beat the No.2 ranked player in the state of Texas

beforefalling inthesecondroundastheNo.8 seed...Attaineda No.

127 nationalITA rankingatonepoint...Atage 15 attendednational

competition for both hockey and tennis. Personal: Son of Valdis

andYvonne...Undecidedmajor...Lovestoparticipateinicehockey

in his spare time. Coach Oertel says: "Sigurd possesses a strong

serve and can hopefully gain valuable experience this year."


Chancellor RiTchie • AThleTics AdminisTraTors

Daniel L.

Ritchie, the

16th chancellor

of the UniversityofDenver,

was CEO

of WestinghouseBroadcasting

for

eightyearsbefore

movingto

Colorado in

1987. That

year the longtimecorporate

executive began a new life on Grand River

Ranch, a large property near Kremmling

that he bought 10 years earlier.

A North Carolina native and son of a

farm implement dealer, Ritchie became enamored

with Colorado during his college

years at Harvard when he spenta summerin

a University of Colorado library studying

economics. He holds both undergraduate

and MBA degrees from Harvard.

Ritchie's involvement with the University

of Denver began in 1983 when he became

a trustee. He served as vice chairman

of the board and chaired the development

committee before becoming chancellor in

1989.

Prominent in the Denver civic and cultural

community,Ritchie hasproveda strong

advocate for the University. His persuasion

has been instrumental in major gifts to DU,

both while he was a trustee and since he

became chancellor.

According to a recent Chronicle ofHigher

Education study, he is theonlychiefofficerof

anAmericancollegeoruniversitywhoserves

without pay.

In June 1994, Ritchie announced a personal

gift of $15 million to the University, to

be achieved through the sale of some 19,600

acres of his ranch located in the Colorado

River Basin. The gift set a philanthropy

recordinbothColoradoandtheRocky Mountain

region by outdistancing any previous

gift to education.

In his 14 years of involvement with the

University of Denver, the oldest independent

university in the Rocky Mountain region,

the school of some 8,500 students has

madesteadyprogressbystrengtheningboth

itsfinancial positionandacademicprograms.

Since aSSuming the University's helm,

Ritchie has become increasingly active in

areas ofeducation policy, education financing,

and the future of higher education. He

participates in a variety of national and international

organizations including the

American Association of University Presi-

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dents, the National Association of independent

Colleges and Universities, and the international

Association of University Presidents.

RitchieservesaspresidentoftheTemple

Hoyne Buell Foundation in Denver, and as

chairman of the Central City Opera, one of

Colorado'soldestperformingarts organizations.

Ritchie is also president of the IndependentHigherEducationofColoradoFund.

Dr. Bernard

Mullin became

the first Vice

Chancellor for

Sports and

Wellness in DU

history in August,

1995. In

thatcapacityhe

is responsible

for all of DU's

intercollegiate

athletic programs,

including the move to Division I and

the building of the Daniel L. Ritchie Center.

He also oversees the department of recreation

with its unique "entrepreneurial" approach,wherethePioneersnowoperateseveral

youth/adult sport businesses designed

to offer the community the best programs

availablewhilefully utiIizing DU'soutstanding

new facilities andgenerating revenuesto

help offset the costs of athletics.

Mullin joined DU with a wide-range of

experienceinsportsandweIIness. Hestarted

the Denver Grizzlies professional hockey

club and served as president and chiefoperating

officer of the team until it moved to

Utah in 1995.

Mullin is credited for building the Grizzlies

franchise into the most successful expansion

franchise in the 50-year history of

the International Hockey League.

Among Mullin's many professional

credits in sports are employment with the

ColoradoRockies andthePittsburgh Pirates.

As the Rockies' senior vice president for

business operations from 1991-93, he built

theclub'sticket sales to all-timeMajorLeague

Baseball record levels, and he constructed

merchandiseoperationsinto the highestselling

programinAmerican professionalsports.

In the same role with the Pirates between

1986 and 1991, Mullin was instrumental in

increasing the team's attendance from

700,000 to more than 2 million. He also

turnedanannual$10 millioncash-operating

lossfor the Piratesintoa $3 million operating

profit in three seasons.

From the University of Kansas, Mullin

holds an M.B.A. specializing in organizational

psychology,anM.5. inmarketing,and

a PhD. in business.

Mullin resides in Littleton, Colo., and

has three children: Julie (21), Lara (18) and

Steven (16).

In June a

new face arrived

on the

University of

Denvercampus

to lead the athletics

program

into a new

phase as an

NCAA Division

I institution.

Joel

Maturi joined

DU as director of athletics and is faced with

the challenge ofleading DUto the next level.

The 51-year-old Maturi comes to DU from

the University of Wisconsin where he had

been an athletics administrator since 1987.

Among his many duties at DU, Maturi

will be primarily responsible for working

with the coaches of DU's 18 intercollegiate

sports, and the more than 250 student-athletes.

Inaddition,hewill overseeDU'sNCAA

compliance and will actively participate in

fund-raising efforts.

Maturi has a wealth of experience in

sports administration and a well-rounded

background in athletics as an athlete, coach

and administrator. The native of Chisholm,

Minn., had been at Wisconsin where, as the

associate athletic director since 1992, his

duties included supervising the day-to-day

operations for football, ice hockey, wrestling,

softball, men's and women's indoor

and outdoortrack, men'sandwomen'scross

country, and men's and women's crew. He

also directed the Office of Academic Affairs

and chaired the athletic department's Support

Program, a wellness program for UW's

student-athletes.

Additionally, Maturi was responsible

for NCAAcompliancerulesand regulations,

budgetarycompliance,schedulingcontracts

and assisted in promoting and raising the

necessary funds to support UW's 22 sports

programs.

A member of the University of Notre

Dame football team during his undergraduate

years, Maturi graduated from Notre

Dame in 1967 with a bachelor's degree in

government. Maturi earned a master's degree

in arts and teaching from Wisconsin in

1972. He and his wife Lois have three children:

Mark (20), Katie (18) and Anne (16).


CClmpus Life CIt" The UniversiTy of Denver

A college degree, an open door, a promising

future. DU studentsentertheir yearsof

study with high expectations.

At its best, college will transform a

student's life. Not with a graduation robe or

a scrolled paper, but through experiences,

encounters,dialogue,andlearning. Themost

significant changeshappen

when education is

interactive rather than

one way, when learning

occurs through relationships,

notjustbooks and

lectures.

What draws students·

to this kind of

learning? Academic

reputation. Excellent

programs of study. A

dynamic social life. Vibrant

surroundings.

These are the influences

cited mostfrequently by

students choosing the

University of Denver.

They represent a singular

combination of attributes

that uniquely

qualifies the University

of Denver to influence

and shape the lives of

students.

DU students come

Looking Ahead

. - Life After

Graduation-

The University of Denver Career

Center offers numerous services to

current students and alumni. The

piechartbelowshowsthepost-commencement

activities of DU's 1994

graduates.

9% not seeking

employment

190/.

graduate

school

here for the small classes, the relationships

they develop with faculty, and because it's

locatedonsomeprimereal estate. TheRocky

Mountainsprovide a breathtakingbackdrop

to the DU campus, and the city of Denver is

right in DU's backyard, offering not only

concerts, museums, sporting events, and

great restaurants, but plenty of hands-on

internships and job opportunities as well.

With13undergraduatedegrees in more

than 100 areas of specialization, students

havenotroublefinding theiracademicniche

here. DU's advising

program,

0.21% seeking employment

n'Yoemployed

which connects

first-yearstudents

withfaculty members

from their interest

areas, goes

beyond helping

students choose

classes. The faculty

and staff feel

strongly that DU

students should

be plugged in to

the campus community,

whether

that means connecting

with

friends, professors,

an organization,

or the Denvet

community.

DU attracts students

from all 50

states along with

international stu­

dents from 71 countries. A guaranteethat at

the University of Denver each student will

gain a global perspective - a necessity in

almost every field, from business to natural

and social sciences, to the arts.

University of Denver

Quick Hits

StudentlFaculty Ratio - DU boasts

a 13 to 1 (undergraduate) studentfaculty

ratio, among the lowest in

Colorado.

Calendar-DUoperatesonthequarter

system (fall, winter, spring, SummerSession,andInterterm-

first three

weeks in December). Each quarter is

10 weeks long with a five-week holiday

break between fall and winter

quarters.

StudentAid-$22.9millioninscholarships,

grants, work-study funds,

and loans are awarded to undergraduate

students annually; 52 % of

traditionalstudentsreceiveaid;average

award is approximately $14,091.

Religious Organizations - Protestant,

Catholic, Jewish, and nondenominational

groups.

Residence Halls - Three on-campus

residence halls, coed and singIesex

floors, theme halls include honors,business,substance-free,biology,

and new suites for upper-division

students.

Internships - More than 1,000 students

are involved ininternships, coop

education, and work programs

each year, providing career-related

employmentinmanyareas. DU'sCareer

Center lists more than 2,000 internships

annually.

Study Abroad - DU sponsors 20

programs to more than 45 countries.

Students have access to more than

100 additional study-abroad programsthroughagreementswithother

universities nationwide. Students

have lived and studied in places including

Austria, China, Denmark,

Finland,France,Germany,GreatBritain,

Israel, Italy, Japan, Korea, Russia,

Spain, Sweden, Thailand, and

West Africa.

Honor Societies - DU has 26 honor

societies, including Phi Beta Kappa,

Mortar Board, OmicronDelta Kappa,

and Alpha Lambda Delta.

1997 Denver Men's Tennis Media Guide • 11 iI1l1


TheRockyMountainsarejusta short

drive westof campus- and just a glance

away from students who stroll to classes

at DD. And when it's time to take a break

from classwork, studentsfind that"droppingeverything"

still leaves plentyto do.

Infact, beingsurroundedbya hostoffastpaced,

fun-packed, night-and-day activities

keeps everyone busy.

DU students often find themselves

dropping their guard, just because of the

friendly smiles of their Western neighbors.

Denverenjoys 300 daysof sunshine

each year, guaranteed to bring out the

optimist -and the outdoor spirit - in

almost everyone.

The Rocky Mountains are popular

lI1lI 12· 1997 Denver Men's Tennis Media Guide

Denver and The Rocky MounTain Region

for all kinds ofsports and activities, from

alpine and nordic skiing, to mountain

biking and hiking. Ten internationally

known ski areas are within a two-hour

drive of the DU campus. Metropolitan

Denver has more sporting goods stores

per capita than any city in the world,

which speaks volumes about the people

who live, work, and study here.

Fans enjoy professional sports competitionwith

the 1996StanleyCupChampions

- the Colorado Avalanche - the

DenverBroncos, theDenverNuggets,and

the most-watched team in Major League

Baseball each of the last three years, the

Colorado Rockies.

Sports are popular on campus, too.

In fact, more than 65 percent of

DU students participate in athletic

activities of some kind. DU

has intercollegiate teams in 18

sports, including the recently revitalized

varsity skiing program

thatfinished second in 1996 at the

NCAA National Skiing Championships.

Just as popular are club and

intramural sports, which provide

the challenge and fun ofcompetition

and recreation. Forexample,

the Alpine Club sponsors such

activities as alpineskiing, whitewater

rafting, hiking, and fly fishing.

Todd Thesing, president of

the Alpine Club, says, "It's oneof

the most popular clubs on campus

because it takes full advantage

of DU's Colorado location."

How much

snow does

Denver get?

Forskiers, Denveris theperfect

location. The nearby Rocky Mountains

offer some of the best skiing in

the world and great snow conditions.

The mountain ski resort of

Winter Park, slightly more than an

hour drive from DU, receives an

annual average of 360 inches of

snow. At the same time, Denver's

winters are often mild compared

with the Eastern and Midwestern

United States. It's not uncommon

for winter daytime temperatures in

thecity to reach the 50s, and Denver

receives about 60-inches of snow

each year. As Denver residents will

tell you, with the area's dry climate

and frequent sunshine, even the aftermath

of a blizzard quickly melts

downon thePlains,while themountains

still have snow.

Additionally, the city ofDenver provides

a host of cultural and social opportunities.

Whether it's a day at the art

galleryora nighton the town, Denverhas

much to offer. More than half of the

students who come to DU from outside

Colorado stay to live and work in Denver

following graduation. They simply love

it too much to leave.


1997 MEN'S TENNIS SCHEDULE

Date Opponent Time

FEBRUARY

23 (Sun) vs. Creighton @Colo. Springs 9 a.m.

MARCH

1 (Sat) vs. Montana State @Colo. Springs 6 p.m.

2 (Sun) @Colorado 6p.m.

6 (Thu) @Colorado School of Mines 3p.m.

8 (Sat) GUSTAVUS ADOLPHUS 4 p.m.

12 (Wed) @Southern Colorado 2:30p.m.

APRIL

2 (Wed) METRO STATE 3:30p.m.

4 (Fri) @AirForce Noon

5 (Sat) @Wichita State 9a.m.

5 (Sat) vs. Central Oklahoma @Wichita St. 2 p.m.

9 (Wed) SOUTHERN COLORADO 2:30p.m.

11 (Fri) CU-eOLORADO SPRINGS 3:30p.m.

12 (Sat) NORTHERN COLORADO IOa.m.

13 (Sun) NEBRASKA-KEARNEY IOa.m.

18 (Fri) MISSOURI 10 a.m.

19 (Sat) COLORADO STATE 10 a.m.

CAPS- HOME MATCHES

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