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A 2007 graduate of Denison University, Zack Brent has served as an assistant football coach since 2010 and has been the team’s Defensive Coordinator since 2011.
Prior to returning to the Big Red sidelines, Brent spent the previous four seasons as an assistant coach at the University of Colorado and Michigan Tech.
After graduating from Denison, Brent spent the 2007 and 2008 seasons as the recruiting assistant at Colorado. In 2009 he moved to the upper peninsula of Michigan as a graduate assistant for the Michigan Tech Huskies. An NCAA Division II institution and a member of the highly competitive Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference, Brent coached the defensive backs.
In addition to his experiences coaching at Colorado and Michigan Tech, while studying abroad during his junior year at Denison, Brent served as the player development intern for NFL Europe and was the assistant coach for the London Warriors, the London Youth National Team.
As a player for the Big Red, Brent was a four-year starter at wide receiver. On Sept. 27, 2004 he was named the North Coast Athletic Conference Offensive Player of the Week after leading DU to a win over 35-23 win over Gettysburg.
Holly joined the Denison community as a member of the Athletic Department in March 2006. She transitioned into Career Services in June 2007 and is currently the Program Coordinator in Career Exploration and Development. As the Program Coordinator, Holly coordinates on-campus recruiting, manages online resources, maintains the Career Exploration & Development website, assists with the Denison Internship Program, and oversees the management of our data.
Peter Burling has served as the head men’s tennis coach since 1991 and the women’s tennis coach since 2000. Since his arrival Burling has helped the Big Red tennis programs rise among the elite in Division III Tennis. A multi-time national Coach of the Year and North Coast Athletic Conference Coach of the Year, Burling is one a select number of college tennis coaches with over 600 career victories.
In 2008 Burling and the Big Red women broke through with an appearance in the NCAA Semifinals that resulted in a third-place national finish. The team posted a 22-4 record that season. In addition, after the conclusion of the team championship, the duo of Marta Drane and Kristin Cobb finished as the national runner-up in the NCAA Division III Doubles Championship. In 2004 Burling received the ITA National Coach of the Year award and the following season the USPTA honored Burling as its National Coach of the Year. Two players, Meridith Sulser in 2005 and Cobb in 2011, were honored by the ITA with its prestigious Arthur Ashe Jr. Sportsmanship and Leadership Award. In 2009 Meghan Damico received the ITA Senior Player of the Year award.
At the conference level, the women’s program has won more conference championships than any other program since the creation of the NCAC in 1984. As the coach of the men’s team since 1991, Burling and the Big Red have won over 300 matches. Six players have been named the conference’s Player of the Year and Burling has won NCAC Men’s Coach of the Year on seven occasions. Eleven players, most recently Tom Cawood in 2012, have earned All-America honors under Burling. A native of Orleans, Mass., Burling has been a USPTA Level I Professional for nearly 40 years and currently resides in Granville with his wife Patricia. He has two sons, Scott and Colin.
Lori earned a B.A. in business administration from Bluffton University. She is responsible for the Class Agent Program, fifth and tenth Reunion Committees, G.O.L.D. leadership giving, and the Big Red Society. Lori has worked in advancement since 2003 and joined the Denison community in 2006. She previously managed the student calling program and senior class gift committees in the Annual Fund Office.
Rodney Butt has been the head men’s golf coach since 2010 and a part of the men’s golf program since 2003. Butt served as the assistant men’s golf coach at Denison from 2003 through 2010 and is also the Director of Golf at Granville Golf Course which is the home of the Denison men's golf team. In his first season as an assistant with the Big Red, Denison received their second consecutive NCAA Division III Championship Tournament invitation and the team went on to a 14th place national finish.
Prior to his seven seasons as the assistant coach at Denison, Butt spent 14 years as the head men’s golf coach at Granville High School where he led the Blue Aces to nine consecutive Mid-State League titles between 1991-99. During that span, Granville posted a 232-5 record. He coached Granville to a state runner-up finish in 1995 before breaking through with the school’s first state championship in any sport in 1996. Butt is a nine-time MSL coach of the year, a three-time Central District coach of the year and was tabbed the Newark Advocate Coach of the Year for Golf, seven times. He has also been an active member of the PGA of America since 1985.
Michael Caravana has been the head men’s lacrosse coach at Denison on two separate occasions. He began at Denison in 1990 and coached the team until 2005. He would return three years later and resume his post. Under Caravana’s direction Denison men’s lacrosse has become one of the elite programs in all of NCAA Division III. A 1983 graduate of the University of Virginia, Caravana was a four-time All-American attackman for the Cavaliers. He earned a bachelor's degree in education and was a captain during his senior season. Caravana led Virginia in scoring three times and in assists all four seasons.
Following graduation, Caravana spent two seasons as an assistant coach at Brown University, then returned to Virgina., where he served as assistant head coach under Jim "Ace" Adams before accepting the head coaching position at Denison in the fall of 1990. In 1998, Caravana earned his master's degree in sport management from the United States Sports Academy. Caravana ranks second in all-time victories at Denison, trailing only his predecessor, Ferris "Tommy" Thomsen, Jr., who guided DU to 255 wins over the course of 25 seasons (1966-1990). In 1994 he was named the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association’s Division III Coach of the Year. He has also been the recipient of the NCAC Coach of the Year award on multiple occasions. In 2003 he began a four-year commitment as the assistant coach for the United States lacrosse national team which earned a silver medal at the 2006 International Lacrosse Federation World Championships.
He is a member of the Charlottesville Chapter Lacrosse Hall of Fame, the Ohio Lacrosse Foundation Hall of Fame and the Long Island Metro Chapter Lacrosse Hall of Fame.
Nan Carney-DeBord has served as the Director of Athletics, Physical Education and Recreation and the faculty chair of the Department of Physical Education since 2011-12. A 1980 graduate of Denison University and a member of the college's Athletic Hall of Fame, she returned to her alma mater in 2011 after spending 25 years as the head women's basketball coach and faculty member at Ohio Wesleyan University.
Prior to accepting the post to guide Denison's athletic department, Carney-DeBord was one of the winningest coaches in Division III women's basketball history, posting a career record of 433-227 while guiding Ohio Wesleyan to six NCAA Division III Tournament berths. The Battling Bishops captured five NCAC championships and she was a seven-time conference Coach of the Year. In 2001, she guided her team to the national semifinals of the NCAA Division III Tournament and was named the Women's Basketball Coaches Association Division III National Coach of the Year.
In 2009, Carney-DeBord became only the 33rd coach in Division III history to reach the 400-win mark. In addition to her time as the head women's basketball coach at Ohio Wesleyan, she spent six seasons (1985-1990) as the head field hockey coach at OWU where her teams posted a .714 winning percentage and began a streak of seven straight NCAA Tournament appearances that would eventually conclude in 1993. At Ohio Wesleyan, she also served as assistant athletics director from 1987 to 1993 and associate athletics director from 1993 through 2003.
Carney-DeBord was a four-year letter winner in basketball and field hockey at Denison. A wing and point guard in basketball, she was team captain and was named the team's Most Valuable Player as a senior. As a back on the Denison field hockey squad, she was a three-year captain and helped lead the 1979 team to a 12-3-1 record. In 1998, she was inducted in the Varsity D Association Athletics Hall of Fame at Denison. In addition to her bachelor's degree in physical education from Denison, Carney-DeBord earned a master's of arts in athletics administration from Kent State University.
A native of Michigan, Catherine Champagne earned her Bachelor's Degree in Psychology from Michigan State University in 2008. In 2010, she earned her Master's Degree in Public Health from The Ohio State University with a specialization in Health Behavior and Health Promotion. She is also a Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES).
Catherine joined Denison's Student Development staff in November 2011, as Coordinator of Alcohol, Drug, and Health Education. On campus, Catherine is responsible for developing, organizing, and facilitating wellness education programs and campaigns for Denison students. She also chairs campus committees related to alcohol abuse and sexual misconduct prevention and education.
Maddie Coleman begins his first season as the assistant women's lacrosse coach at Denison in 2013-14.
Coleman comes to Granville from Glenalmond College in Perth, Scotland where she spent the last year as a girls lacrosse coach and sports assistant after a four-year playing career at the perennial powerhouse Gettysburg College.
During her time at Glenalmond, Coleman was responsible for coaching lacrosse throughout the fall and winter terms, while also working for the athletic department. Her responsibilities included preparing practice and travel plans, and teaching physical education classes. In addition, Coleman was the assistant lacrosse coach for the U19 Scotland National team while touring in Canada during the 2013 FIL Women's Lacrosse World Cup.
While at Gettysburg, Coleman started 37 of 40 games in goal over her final two seasons with the Bullets. In 2011, she finished 4th in the nation with a .534 save percentage and 10th in goals-against average. The following year, Coleman's .534 save percentage ranked 10th in the country, while her GAA was 11th-best in Division III. She was a two-time first-team Centennial Conference selection and a two-time All-Metro Region honoree. As a tri-captain in 2012, Coleman earned IWCLA All-American status after helping the Bullets capture the Centennial Conference Championship. Coleman was the starting goalie on Gettysburg's first Division III Women's Lacrosse National Championship team in 2011. She was also named to the NCAA All-tournament Team that year.
A native of Lexington, Va., Coleman graduated in May of 2012 with a bachelor of arts in political science and minor in health science.
Brian joined the Denison community in January 2012 and has helped reshape the scope of career development at the college. From formulating opportunities for externships (job shadowing) to overseeing internship and stipend programs, Brian has experience in many areas linked to the work of CE&D. He and his teammates remain focused on supporting students as they attempt to reach their next respective levels of career development.
As an active member of both the National Association of Colleges and Employers (NACE) and the Midwest Association of Colleges and Employers (MWACE), Brian stays informed of recruitment trends, advising best practices, and pertinent employer feedback. He has served in leadership roles on both national and regional professional development committees and currently holds an Executive Board position with MWACE.
He enjoys working with all CE&D constituent groups and is excited by the support of the Denison community around continuing to improve the way the college prepares its students for lives of leadership and professional fulfillment.
Yadi joined Denison in May 2008. Prior to Denison, Yadi served for 9 years as the Registrar and Director of One Stop Student Services at the Columbus College of Art & Design in Columbus, Ohio. She earned her Bachelors of Science Degree in Physics from Ankara University in Ankara,Turkey and her M.B.A from Franklin University in Columbus, Ohio.
Akeem received a B.A. in History and Spanish from Denison University. Following graduation, he spent time living in Lawrence, Kansas. In 2014, he returned to Denison as the Administrative Assistant for the Annual Fund. He will primarily support the Reunion/Leadership director, Parent and Family Programs director, Student Programming director, and the Class Agent Program director.
Dyan Couden joined the Art Department staff as an academic administrative assistant in September 2007. She attended Ohio State University as an animal science/pre vet med major and later transferred to CCAD to study illustration.
You can contact Dyan for information regarding faculty availability, course offerings, requirements for achieving a Studio Art major or minor and how to chose a faculty advisor.
Dyan is the host parent to an international student, has served as a DOWS officer and is currently co-advisor of the Denison University Yoga Club. She is an avid CrossFitter in her spare time.
Steve earned a B.A. in public relations from Capital University and an M.A. in higher education and student affairs from Ohio State University. He provides oversight for regional-clubs programming, reunions and Alumni Council. Steve has more than 20 years experience in various aspects of higher education, including undergraduate admissions and first-year experience/orientation programs. In 2005, he joined the staff in Alumni Relations at Denison after working at Capital, Ohio State and Texas Christian University.
Chris Crume has served as Denison's Director of Aquatics since the fall of 2012. Crume came to Denison after spending five years as the Assistant Director of Aquatics at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Ind. While at Purdue, Crume managed a large staff of facility managers, lifeguards, swimming instructors and coordinators while maintaining both operating budgets and student-wage budgets. Crume taught American Red Cross lifeguard training classes and implemented new emergency action plans for the Boilermaker Aquatic Center.
Crume was heavily involved in all intercollegiate and private events that took place at the Boilermaker Aquatic Center. At those events he managed the Daktronics timing system, meet manager software and video display board. During his time at Purdue he served as a volunteer coordinator for the 2009 Men's Big Ten Swimming and Diving Championship, the 2010 Women's Big Ten Swimming and Diving Championship, and the 2010 Women's NCAA Division I Swimming and Diving Championship.
Prior to his appointment at Purdue, Crume spent two years as a Graduate Assistant at Indiana University in Aquatics. A 2005 graduate of Ball State University, Crume received his bachelor of science, cum laude, in exercise science and aquatics. While serving as a graduate assistant in Bloomington, Ind., Crume earned a master of science in recreational sport administration in 2007.
Amanda Daniels enters her first season as the head women's lacrosse coach at Denison in 2014. Daniels comes to Denison after five seasons as the head women’s lacrosse coach at Morrisville State College (N.Y.).
At Morrisville State, Daniels posted a 41-41 record while leading the Mustangs to the program’s first North Eastern Athletic Conference regular season and tournament championship in 2012. That season she was named the NEAC Coach of the Year after her squad posted a program-best 13-6 record after going 9-0 in conference play.
Prior to her head coaching stint at Morrisville State, Daniels spent one year as the assistant women’s lacrosse coach and assistant women’s soccer coach at Hamilton College (N.Y.). While at Hamilton, Daniels helped guide the women’s lacrosse team to a 21-1 record and the program’s first NCAA Division III Championship in 2008. As a member of the women’s soccer coach staff at Hamilton in 2007 that team would go on to post a 16-2-2 record while advancing to the NCAA Division III Tournament quarterfinals.
A 2003 graduate of Le Moyne College in Syracuse, N.Y., Daniels was a four-time first-team All-Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference selection in women’s lacrosse. She was a part of two MAAC Tournament championship teams and two NCAA Division I Tournament teams in in 2002 and 2003. She served as a team captain in 2003 and left Le Moyne with 190 career points. Daniels was also a four-year member of the women’s soccer team at Le Moyne where she led the Dolphins in scoring as a senior.
After graduating Cum Laude with a bachelor of arts in English and communication, Daniels would go on to receive a masters’ degree in New Media from Syracuse University’s esteemed SI Newhouse School of Communications in 2004. While attending graduate school, Daniels spent one season as a part-time assistant coach at Le Moyne.
Following graduate school, Daniels would spend one year as the head lacrosse coach at Uppingham School in Rutland, England. After returning to the United States in the fall of 2005, Daniels accepted a position with Windstar Studios as an account executive, video editor and script writer. In 2007 Daniels would make her return to coaching at Hamilton.
Denison women’s lacrosse boasts one of the top winning percentages of any NCAA Division III program at 372-169-4 (.686). Daniels is the 10th head coach in the program’s 38-year history.