Rick Bailey has served as the head women’s golf coach at Denison since 2010. Bailey and the Big Red are coming off the best season in program history in terms of scoring and tournament finishes in 2012-13. Brynn FitzGerald became Denison's first all-region performer after averaging 80.4 strokes per round as a freshman. As a team, DU finished fourth in the North Coast Athletic Conference for the third consecutive season.
While Denison recently added women's golf as a varsity sport in the fall of 2006, Bailey has been affiliated with Big Red women's golf since 2002 when it was a club sport. From 2002 through 2006 Bailey was the head coach of the Denison women's golf club team. In 2006-07 he moved into the role of assistant coach with the varsity program. Since he began working with the Denison women's golf program he has provided the on-course instruction and has traveled with the team to various tournaments around the state.
Bailey is a Certified PGA Professional and is currently the Assistant Golf Professional at Granville Golf Course. In 2008 he was awarded the Southern Ohio PGA Member Assistant of the Year award and is currently serving on the Southern Ohio PGA education committee. An accomplished amateur golfer, Bailey is an eight-time club champion at Moundbuilders Country Club in Newark, Ohio. He has also participated in the Ohio Amateur, the Ohio Mid-Amateur as well as qualifiers for the United States Golf Association Mid-Amateur.
Rick Beck has been member of Denison’s athletic facilities staff since 2000. Beck's current responsibilities include field lining for varsity athletics and field set up, as well as facilities supervision, assisting with event set-up and event management, supervision of student employees and the facilities laundry operation.
Beck currently works full-time as a paramedic/firefighter for the West Licking Joint Fire District in Pataskala. He has been with the department for over 20 years. Prior to working for the West Licking District, Beck served as a volunteer for the Granville Fire Department for 13 years and spent six of those as chief. In addition, Beck worked at the Granville Owens Corning Tech Center for 18 years as a senior technician in the roofing lab. During his time at Owens, he also served on the tech center's Fire Brigade.
Kellen Beckwith is Denison’s men’s and women’s swimming coach. He has served in this role since 2012. Beckwith came to Granville after one year as the assistant swimming and diving coach at Hope College in Holland, Mich. A 2011 graduate of Olivet College, Beckwith graduated Summa Cum Laude with a major in mathematics. A four-year member of the Olivet swimming and diving team, Beckwith was a four-time All-American backstroker and three time Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association champion.
He was twice named to the NCAA's Elite 88 and in 2011 he was named the Capital One Academic All-America® of the Year. That prestigious honor came after earning first-team Academic All-America® honors and four College Swimming Coaches Association Scholar All-America awards.
While serving as an assistant at Hope, Beckwith headed the recruitment efforts for the Flying Dutch program. He coached five athletes to All-American status and one who was named to the NCAA's Elite 89.
Russ Bertram enters his first year as the head men's and women's diving coach at Denison in 2013-14.
Bertram comes to Denison with over 20-years of experience as a diving coach, judge and administrator. As a competitive diver, Bertram won five United States diving national championship in the 3-meter springboard and the 10-meter platform.
Most recently, Bertram spent seven years as the Aquatics Director at the University of Arizona where he was responsible for all elements of an aquatics facility that consists of a 50-meter competitive swimming pool, a 210,000 gallon training deep well, and a 1.2 million gallon competitive diving and water polo well. In 2010, he received the prestigious Phil Boggs Award from USA Diving for lifetime commitment to the sport. That year, Bertram was instrumental in the success of three major championships hosted on the Arizona campus; the FINA World Junior Diving Championship, the USA Diving Junior National Championship and the USA Diving Age Group National Championship.
A deep-rooted member of the diving community, Bertram spent one year as the head men’s and women’s diving coach at Florida State University (1998-99), and was the head diving coach for the Mission Viejo Nadadores dive club from 1999-2002. While coaching in Mission Viejo, Bertram led the club to consecutive national team titles, and 13 individual titles. They also hosted the Junior and Senior USA National Championships in 2000.
From 2002-05 he was the national events director for United States Diving, Inc. based out of Indianapolis, Ind. Prior to that he served five months as the United States Olympic team administrator, where he handled logistical preparation and planning of U.S. Olympic athletes from the Olympic Trials through the conclusion of the 2004 Athens Olympic Games.
In addition to his coaching and administrative roles, Bertram is also an accomplished diving judge. In 2009 and again in 2010, he served as the head referee for the NCAA Division I National Championship. He was also a judge at the 2008 U.S. Olympic Team Trials.
Bertram got his start in coaching in 1989 at Ohio State when he served as a graduate assistant diving coach for a Buckeye team that included six Olympians and 10 U.S. National Champions.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Mike Deegan has served as the head baseball coach at Denison since 2013. Prior to coming to Denison, Deegan spent nine seasons on the Marietta coaching staff, helping guide the Pioneers to three NCAA Division III national championships (2006, 2011, 2012), six NCAA regional berths, and four Division III championship appearances. In nine seasons with Deegan on staff, Marietta won 30 or more games eight times, and they posted an overall record of 326-111 (.745).
Deegan served as the recruiting coordinator at Marietta and was the team's hitting instructor. In 2012 the Pioneers hit .331 as a team with a .414 on-base percentage. Marietta outscored its opponents 419-152 last season. In addition to his responsibilities with the baseball program, he served as a special assistant to the athletics director and was the Marietta Student-Athlete Advisory Committee advisor. Deegan spent 2007 serving as the head coach of the Southern Ohio Copperheads of the Great Lakes Summer Collegiate League. That season Deegan led the Copperheads to the most wins in franchise history (25), and the best postseason finish in franchise history. He was named the GLSCL Manager of the Year at the conclusion of the season.
A 2001 graduate of Marietta, Deegan was a two-time All-Ohio Athletic Conference first-team selection in 1999 and 2001. He was a major contributor on four OAC Championship teams, two NCAA Mideast Regional championships and two NCAA Division III Championship appearances. In his senior season, he started all 58 games, hit .393 with 46 RBI, seven home runs and a team-high 17 doubles. That season the Pioneers advanced to the national championship game. Prior to his graduation he was awarded the Way-Weigelt Award which goes to the top senior male student-athlete at Marietta. The award is based on scholarship, leadership, character and sportsmanship. Deegan received his bachelor's in management, and in 2006 he earned his master's degree in education from Marietta.
Mark FitzPatrick has served as the head men's and women's track and field coach and assistant cross country coach at Denison since the fall of 2010. FitzPatrick came to Denison from Washington & Jefferson where he has spent eight years as the head cross country and track and field coach. A six-time Presidents’ Athletic Conference Coach of the Year, FitzPatrick led his squads to four PAC championships during his tenure.
In 2011, FitzPatrick led his women’s track and field squad to its third PAC title. The Presidents’ captured nine event titles en route to a 10-point victory over Westminster. Following the meet FitzPatrick was presented with his sixth Coach of the Year award. At the conclusion of the 2011 season FitzPatrick was named the USTFCCCA Mid-East region women's track and Field Coach of the Year. He also guided the men’s track & field team to their first PAC Championship in 2010, powered by seven event championships.
Prior to accepting the position at Washington & Jefferson he spent three seasons as the head track & field coach at Hiram College. While at Hiram he led the Terriers to their best finish in conference history and coached five individual conference champions. Before taking over at Hiram, FitzPatrick served as the assistant women’s cross country and track and field coach at the University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse from 1998-2000 where he coached seven Division III All-Americans and helped the Eagles to three Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference titles. FitzPatrick also spent two seasons as the assistant cross country and track and field coach at Allegheny College from 1996-1998, helping train five national qualifiers in cross country and track.
A 1995 graduate of Fairfield (Conn.) with a double major in philosophy and political science, FitzPatrick went on to earn a master’s degree in exercise and sports science from UW-LaCrosse.
Bob Ghiloni has served as the head men’s basketball coach at Denison since 2002. During his tenure he has led the DU basketball program to a third-place finish in 2005 and an appearance in the NCAC Championship game in 2012. In 2005 he was named the NCAC’s Coach of the Year. Ghiloni came to Denison from Bishop Ready High School in Columbus (Ohio) where he was the head coach of the Silver Knights boys' basketball program for 15 seasons. In 2001-02, Ghiloni's Ready squad posted an impressive 23-5 record and reached the state tournament championship finals in Division III.
In his 15-year run at Ready, Ghiloni directed a dramatic turnaround in the boys' basketball program which resulted in six consecutive winning seasons, two district championships and the 2001-02 trip to the state championship. Along with his coaching duties, Ghiloni was director of admissions at Ready and also has served as director of student and academic affairs and director of guidance. He has also taught courses in world history and American history.
Prior to coaching at Ready, Ghiloni spent three seasons as an assistant basketball coach at Capital University in Columbus. Also included in Ghiloni's extensive professional background are two more Columbus coaching stints as an assistant with Ohio Dominican University (1983-1984) and St. Francis DeSales High School (1981-1983). Ghiloni has also served as an instructor and administrator for several local and regional basketball camps.
A native of nearby Newark, Ohio, Ghiloni graduated from Ohio State University in 1981 with a bachelor of science degree in secondary education. He earned his master of science in education from the University of Dayton in 1985.
Kayla Gordon has served as the assistant women’s basketball coach at Denison since 2012. Gordon came to Denison after spending one season as an assistant coach at Heidelberg University in 2011-12. At Heidelberg, Gordon assisted in all aspects of the basketball program while also serving as head coach of the junior varsity program. In the spring she assisted as a volunteer coach with the Heidelberg softball team and was an academic advisor at the university.
A 2011 graduate of Ohio Wesleyan University, Gordon was a four-time All-North Coast Athletic Conference selection and the conference’s Newcomer of the Year in 2008. In 108 career games with the Battling Bishops she scored 1,461 career points and grabbed 673 rebounds. Gordon averaged 13.5 ppg and 6.2 rpg and ranks 18th on the North Coast Athletic Conference’s all-time scoring list.
Gordon earned her bachelor of arts in psychology and women’s studies from Ohio Wesleyan. She is currently taking classes to receive a master’s degree in education.
Tricia Harris is a part of the athletic training staff at Denison. A 2002 graduate of Wilmington College, Harris has had two stints as an assistant athletic trainer with the Big Red. After serving two years as the head athletic trainer at Granville High School, Harris joined the Denison staff in 2006 serving as the primary trainer for the volleyball, field hockey, softball, men's basketball and baseball teams.
In 2007 she enrolled in the graduate program at Ohio University where she served as a graduate assistant while working with the Bobcat baseball and softball teams. She earned her master of science in recreation and sports sciences in 2008. After graduate school, Harris returned to Denison in 2008 and served as the primary trainer for men's basketball, men's soccer, baseball and softball. In 2011, she was the primary trainer for women's soccer, cross country, men's basketball, softball and tennis. Harris also oversees the training room student work staff.
Harris is a Licensed Athletic Trainer (LAT) and is a member of the National Athletic Trainers' Association, the Great Lakes Athletic Trainers' Association, the Ohio Athletic Trainers' Association and is an authorized instructor with the American Red Cross.
Jack Hatem has served as the head football coach since 2010. Prior to that, he had spent five seasons as an assistant football coach at Denison. In 2011 Hatem guided the Big Red to a 5-5 record and a 4-2 mark in the North Coast Athletic Conference that resulted in a third-place finish in the league standings. In the spring of 2012, Hatem and his Denison staff were selected to coach the South team at the third annual Ohio Army National Guard Senior Bowl. On April 13, the South squad, coached by Hatem, defeated the North, 21-7 at Columbus Crew Stadium.
Prior to coming to Denison, Hatem spent 13 years as a high school football head coach. He also served three seasons as the head baseball coach at his alma mater, The University of Rio Grande. Hatem graduated from Rio Grande in 1982, earning his bachelor’s degree in health and physical education. He also holds a master’s degree in physical education from Ohio University (1992). A two-time Ohio High School Football Coach of the Year, Hatem brought 25 years of coaching experience and 13 years as a head coach at the high school level to the Denison program. A native of Lancaster, Ohio, and a graduate of Fisher Catholic High School, Hatem was named head football coach at Fisher in 1992. Over the course of three seasons, he led the Fighting Irish to a 22-9 record, including the program’s third undefeated season in school history in 1993. That year, Hatem earned his first Ohio High School Coach of the Year recognition and guided his Fisher squad to its first-ever state playoff appearance.
From 1995 to 1997, Hatem served as head football coach at Highland High School in Sparta, Ohio, and in 1998, he took over a struggling New Albany High School football program, quickly turning it into one of the top programs in central Ohio. Hatem was named Ohio High School Football Coach of the Year again in 1999 after guiding New Albany to a 9-1 record, the program’s best season dating to 1966.
In addition to his accomplishments on the football field, Hatem also has had considerable success on the baseball diamond. A former baseball standout at Fisher Catholic, Hatem served as head baseball coach at Rio Grande for three seasons, shortly after his graduation from the college. While he was an assistant football coach at Bishop Watterson High School in Columbus, Hatem also served as head baseball coach there. In 1991, he led Watterson to its second state baseball championship.
Craig Hicks has served as the Sports Information Director at Denison University since 2002. Hicks coordinates the day-to-day publicity of Denison's 23 varsity sports while serving as the primary media contact for Denison athletics. Since his arrival he has guided the department through three complete website redesigns. In addition, Hicks has assisted Denison in hosting numerous North Coast Athletic Conference and NCAA Championship events as well as the publicity surrounding Denison's men's swimming and diving national championship in 2011 and 2012.
In 2008 Hicks oversaw the creation of the Denison Sports Network, organizing an training a team of student broadcasters to provide live audio and video play-by-play over the Denison athletics website. Hicks has also had the opportunity to promote numerous Capital One Academic All-Americans and NCAA Postgraduate Scholars since 2002-03, helping Denison rank among the national leaders in these two prestigious categories. In 2011 he led a committee that developed a visual identity guide for the athletic department. The development of social media has also been a focal point under Hicks, as Denison's twitter and facebook pages have gained popularity among fans since its inception in 2009.
A native of Sugarcreek, Ohio, Hicks came to Denison after spending two years as the Graduate Assistant in Sports Information at Ashland University. As an assistant at Ashland, Hicks was involved in the daily operation of the Eagles' 20-sport Division II athletic program. Hicks received his Bachelor of Science from Ashland University in 1999 and graduated with majors in Journalism/English and Sports Communication. In May of 2002 he received his Master of Science in Sports Education, also from Ashland University.
In between his undergraduate and graduate years, Hicks spent 1999-2000 as an intern in the athletic ticketing office at the University of Notre Dame. He has also served internships with the Cleveland Indians AA affiliate, Akron Aeros (1998), and the Ashland University Public Relations office (1999).
He is an active member of CoSIDA (College Sports Information Directors of America) serving as a District Coordinator on the Capital One Academic All-America committee, in addition to his role as a New Media Coordinator for the Capital One Academic All-America program.
Austin Holter has served as an assistant football coach since 2010. After spending his first three seasons at Denison as the team's quarterback coach, Holter will move into the role of Offensive Coordinator for the 2013 season.
In 2012 the Denison passing game, led by senior quarterback and three-year starter, Max Paulus, threw for over 2,000 yards for the third straight season. Paulus left Denison as the career leader in passing yards (6,545), touchdown passes (53), completions (587), attempts (983) and completion percentage (59.7). He was named to the All-NCAC honorable mention in 2011 and 2012.
A 2010 Wooster graduate, Holter spent three seasons as the Fighting Scots’ starting quarterback. He was a two-time All-NCAC selection and in 2009, he set a school-record with 2,873 yards of total offense. His 2,106 passing yards were also a school record. A native of nearby Johnstown, Ohio, Holter was the Johnnies starting signal caller till his graduation in 2006.
Dr. Brian Hortz has been a part of the athletic training staff since 1995. He has been in the role of head athletic trainer since 1997. In addition to his on-field work with Denison athletes, Hortz also serves as an Associate Professor in the university's Physical Education department and athletic training major.
In 2008-09, Hortz was named the Ohio Athletic Trainer of the Year which was awarded by the Ohio Athletic Trainers Association. Hortz is the second Denison athletic trainer to receive the coveted award from the OATA. His mentor, Dale Googins, was named the Ohio Athletic Trainer of the Year in 1986. Hortz was selected for the award thanks to his outstanding contributions to the profession of athletic training at the state and national level. He has also excelled in the classroom through authored publications, presentations and in his preparation of future athletic trainers.
A native of nearby Heath, Ohio, Hortz graduated from Heath High School in 1990. Hortz's interest in sports medicine began when he was an undergraduate at Denison where he graduated in 1994 with a B.A. in physical education with a concentration in sports medicine. Upon graduation form DU, Hortz pursued a master's degree in sports medicine from Ohio University while spending one year as the head athletic trainer at Crooksville High School. Hortz then continued his post-graduate studies at The Ohio State University where he completed his doctoral degree in Exercise Science with an emphasis in health education.
Hortz's primary responsibilities at Denison include the supervision and instruction of student athletic trainers, both in and out of the classroom, as a professor in Denison's department of athletics, physical education and recreation, as well as administrating the athletic training program at Denison.
Included among Hortz's professional affiliations are membership in the National Athletic Trainers Association, the Great Lakes Athletic Association and the Ohio Athletic Trainers Association. Hortz is also an active member in several Denison University committees.
Sara Lee has been at Denison University as a head coach since 1989. During her time she has served as both head women’s basketball coach and head volleyball coach. She is currently the head women’s basketball coach and Associate Director of Athletics.
Lee is Denison’s all-time wins leader in both volleyball and women’s basketball. She is a multiple time winner of the North Coast Athletic Conference Coach of the Year award and her teams have been recognized on a national level on many occasions. In 2011, the Big Red completed the conference's first undefeated regular season (25-0) and went on to capture the 2011 NCAC Tournament for the sixth time out of the last seven seasons. On Jan. 13, 2010 Lee recorded victory No. 300 of her career against Oberlin College.
In 1989 Lee came to Denison from Lake Erie College in Painesville, Ohio, where she was the head coach of women's volleyball, basketball and softball for two years. While at Lake Erie, she also served as the coordinator of women's athletics, an instructor of physical education, a residence hall director and an academic advisor.
A native of Moorhead, Minn., Lee enrolled at Moorhead State University after graduating from high school in 1982. She earned her B.S. in physical education from Moorhead State in 1986. Lee went on to earn an M.A. in athletic administration from Kent State in 1987. In 1995 Lee was inducted into the Moorhead State University Athletic Hall of Fame for her distinguished accomplishments and career both on and off the playing field.
Frank Little has served as an assistant football coach at Denison on two different occasions, the most recent which dates back to 2003.
A native of Columbus, Ohio, Little began his coaching career at Big Walnut High School in 1992. After four years he entered the college ranks in 1996 at Urbana University.
As a player, Little was a standout center for Ashland University, where he earned all-conference accolades and was voted the team's top offensive lineman in 1988. He graduated from Ashland in 1989 with a bachelor’s degree in physical education.
Steve McCarthy has been the assistant men’s soccer coach at Denison since 2012. McCarthy came to Denison after serving as a graduate assistant at Southern Polytechnic State University where he earned his master’s degree in Business Administration. During his tenure at SPSU, the Hornets captured the 2011 Southern States Athletic Conference Tournament title and advanced to the quarterfinals of the NAIA National Tournament. Last year, the Hornets finished with a 17-3-2 record and ranked sixth in the nation.
McCarthy earned a bachelor’s degree in management and leadership from Capital University in 2010. He was a four-year starter and two year captain for the Crusaders. McCarthy helped Capital win two Ohio Athletic Conference regular season titles, one OAC Tournament crown, and earn a berth in the 2009 NCAA Division III Tournament. The two-time All-American still holds the OAC and school record for career goals (69).
Jason Miller has been employed as the assistant sports information director since 2008. In his role he is involved in the daily operation of the Big Red's 23 varsity sports.
Miller serves as the Director of the Denison Sports Network, which includes hiring and evaluating on-air talent, and scheduling broadcast teams throughout the three athletic seasons. In addition to assisting in the hosting of varies North Coast Athletic Conference Championship events and three NCAA Championship events, he has helped promote numerous all-conference, all-region and All-American award winners.
Before his arrival in Granville, Miller served as a full-time sports journalist for The Daily Jeffersonian in his hometown of Cambridge, Ohio. While employed at the newspaper, he covered multiple sports spanning eight local high schools in addition to Muskingum University.
Prior to working at The Daily Jeffersonian, Miller was the Sports Information Assistant at Otterbein College. At Otterbein, Miller was directly involved in the day-to-day operations of the Cardinals' 16 Division III athletic programs. In 2006, Miller graduated from Muskingum University with a B.A. in speech communication.
Since 1997 Gail Murphy has built Denison women's soccer into one of the premier programs in all of NCAA Division III. A two-time NSCAA Regional Coach of the Year honoree, Murphy is one of the winningest active coaches in college soccer. Before Denison, Murphy spent four years at Southwestern University in Texas, where she took a first-year program to a top-10 regional ranking in just two seasons.
While at Southwestern, Murphy was selected as Coach of the Year by the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference. Murphy then made the cross-country switch to Denison, leading the Big Red back to regional and national prominence. The Ohio Collegiate Soccer Association has twice named Murphy its Coach of the Year (1997, 1999).
From 1983 to 1991 she coached Los Alamos (N.M.) High School, where her teams played in the finals of the state tournament five times, winning three championships. She began her college coaching career in 1991 as a graduate assistant in Massachusetts.
Murphy earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Physical Education from the University of New Mexico in 1983 and her Masters of Science in Exercise and Sport Science from Smith College (Mass.) in 1993. Along with her soccer coaching duties, Murphy is an assistant professor on the faculty of Denison's Department of Athletics, Physical Education and Recreation.
Tiffany Ozbun has served as the head softball coach at Denison since the fall of 2007. Already a multi-time North Coast Athletic Conference Coach of the Year, Ozbun has made quite a splash in her first six seasons at the helm of the Big Red softball program.
Prior to her arrival at Denison, Ozbun spent three seasons as an assistant coach at Manchester University where she was responsible for pitcher/catcher development and the team's strength and conditioning program. She aided in the development of numerous all-conference and all-region athletes and in the fall of 2005 stepped in as the interim head coach/senior women's administrator at Manchester. Ozbun also served as an instructor in the Exercise and Sport Science department.
Prior to returning to Manchester, Ozbun spend three seasons at the University of Louisville where she earned a master of science in sport administration. While at Louisville, Ozbun worked primarily with catchers and defense while assisting in the development of numerous all-region and all-conference players, including the Cardinals' first All-American. In 2004, Louisville earned the program's first NCAA Tournament bid. That year, the Cardinals also set a Conference USA record for wins in a season (41).
As a player, Ozbun was a four-year letter winner and three-year co-captain for the Spartans. She led Manchester to the 2001 Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference championship and was named the team's most valuable player. She was the recipient of Manchester's Betty Clark Memorial award for her outstanding scholarship, athletic achievement, leadership and service and was a member of the Manchester Directors Council and the Manchester Faculty Athletic Committee.
Since 2002 Ozbun has served as the director of the University of Louisville Softball Camps and has spent her summers working various national camps and clinics. A member of the National Fastpitch Coaches Association (NFCA) since 2003, Ozbun is also active in the Ohio High School Fastpitch Softball Coaches Association (OHSFSCA).
Gregg Parini has been the head men’s and women’s swimming coach at Denison since the fall of 1987. Since taking over both Denison programs, Parini has gone on to build one of the most consistently successful programs in the history of Division III athletics. Under Parini’s watch his teams have captured three national championships, 13 national runner-up finishes in addition to Denison’s current streak of 52 consecutive top-10 national finishes.
A nine-time NCAA National Coach of the Year, Parini's men's swimming & diving team won its second-consecutive Division III national championship in 2012, outdistancing second-place Kenyon by 81 points. Over the course of the four-day meet, Denison's men set six NCAA Division III records.
In 2011 the men's team shocked the swimming & diving world when they snapped Kenyon College’s 31-year streak of national championships. The Big Red ended the streak by rallying from 36 points down on the final day only to win by one point, which was the closest finish in the history of the NCAA swimming & diving championship.
The national championship was the second of Parini’s career. The first came in 2001 when his women’s squad snapped Kenyon’s streak of 17-consecutive national titles in Buffalo, N.Y. In addition to his success in the coaching ranks, Parini’s career as an educator and Associate Professor at Denison has been equally impressive. In May of 2011 he was honored by the Collegiate Swimming Coaches Association of America as the recipient of the National Collegiate and Scholastic Trophy which is the highest award bestowed by the CSCAA. In 2007 he was awarded the Charles A. Brickman Teaching Excellence Award which is given annually to one faculty member who has demonstrated a vibrant interest in the learning process, as well as an understanding of teaching as a continuously evolving art form: someone who embraces the teaching and mentoring of students, not just as a profession, but as a calling.
Parini began his coaching career in 1984 as a volunteer assistant women's coach at Michigan State University where he earned his master’s in counseling psychology. Since then he has held coaching positions for the Upper Arlington Swim Club, Mount Union College and East Lansing High School.
He is a 1982 graduate of Kenyon College where he was a member of Jim Steen’s first national championship team in 1979. A tri-captain for the 1981-82 season, he led the team to its third NCAA crown in as many years. Parini was an 18-time All-American, a seven-time Division III National Champion, and left Kenyon with five national records. He was voted the team’s most valuable swimmer in 1981 and Senior Athlete of the Year in 1982 by the Lords athletic department. In 2002 he was inducted into Kenyon College’s Athletic Hall of Fame.
In addition to his coaching efforts, Parini has also made an impact in the community of Granville. He is the founder, owner and director of The Swimming Clinic, a clinic for age-group swimmers. He is a volunteer Youth Baseball and Hockey coach for both the Granville Recreation Commission and the Newark Ice Hockey Association. He has served as a Youth Group Leader for the Trinity Episcopal Church. Also in Granville, he is the co-founder and co-director of the Red, White and Hoops Basketball Tournament for the Granville Recreation Commission.
Parini is currently a member of the College Swimming Coaches Association of America, the American Swimming Coaches Association, United States Swimming and the National Interscholastic Swimming Coaches Association.
Steve Romine has been a member of the Denison athletics staff since 1987. Romine began working at Denison as a part-time lifeguard covering the early morning recreational swims at the Mike Gregory Swimming Pool. A short time later, Romine was hired as a part-time building supervisor of Denison's Physical Education Center, covering evening and weekend hours of operation. In September of 1998, he left his position as a buyer in the Acquisition Department of The Boeing Company's Defense Division to assume the full-time position of assistant supervisor of athletic facilities at Denison.
Romine assists in the daily operations of the Physical Education Center and the Mitchell Recreation and Athletics Center. Although duties include assisting with the hiring and scheduling of a roster of more than 100 facilities and lifeguarding student employees, Romine primarily provides training and supervision of the general student employee staff. He was instrumental in developing and overseeing the Facilities Student Supervisor program, providing select student employees the opportunity to gain experience in management of the day-to-day operations of the Denison athletic complex.
Romine's administrative duties include developing and maintaining department databases and electronic distribution lists. He assists in daily equipment issue, laundry and event setups, and coverage of Denison's 23 varsity sports. Romine created and currently maintains web sites for Denison's Intramural, Club Sports, and Recreation programs. Other web publishing duties include pages pertaining to athletics administrators and student employees, as well as assisting in the maintenance of web pages for Denison's Office of Facility and Event Scheduling.
Romine is a member of the Denison Student Employment Advisory Committee (SEAC), made up of a cross section of professional staff members who supervise student employees around the Denison campus. The SEAC offers support and ideas among offices and makes recommendations to the Student Employment Coordinator to help ensure that Denison's overall Student Employment program is operating as successfully as possible.
During the summer months, Romine works closely with the Office of Facility and Event Scheduling to coordinate and supervise the use of the athletics complex by summer camps and visiting groups. Each summer approximately 10,000 visitors make use of the college's athletic facilities.
Romine holds a bachelor of science degree in education, majoring in English, from The Ohio State University (1975).
Rob Russo has served as the head men’s soccer coach at Denison since 1999. Since his arrival in Granville Russo has guided the men's soccer team multiple North Coast Athletic Conference championships and NCAA Tournament appearances. to 148 victories, three North Coast Athletic Conference Championships and three NCAA Division III Tournament appearances.
Russo's 2003 squad posted a program-best 18-3 record and a share of the North Coast Athletic Conference Championship. Denison began the year with a school record 13 consecutive victories and was ranked as high as No. 2 in the NSCAA/Adidas Division III men’s soccer national poll. The Big Red qualified for the NCAA tournament for the seventh time in school history and the first time since 1983. He was also named the NSCAA Great Lakes Region Coach of the Year for the second time in his career.
Russo, who is certified by the United States Soccer Federation with an "A" license, holds a bachelor's degree in physical education (1977) from Wilmington College, where he also played varsity soccer. Russo continued his education at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, earning a master's degree in health and physical education (1979). While at Miami, Russo served as both assistant and head coach of the Redhawks' men's soccer team. Most recently, he was the men's soccer coach at the State University of New York - College at Oneonta from 1995 through 1998.
Russo began his coaching career in 1978 at Miami University of Ohio as an assistant on the men's soccer staff. In 1980, he was named head coach of the program as well as serving as a physical education instructor during his time at Miami. Following his four-year stint in Oxford, Russo moved on to coach the men's soccer team at Gannon University in Erie, Pa. During his nine years at Gannon, Russo's teams appeared in the NCAA Division II tournament six times. He was named the Western Pennsylvania Intercollegiate Soccer Conference's Coach of the Year three times (1983, '84 and '85), Mid-Atlantic Regional Coach of the Year and National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) National Coach of the Year. In January of 2010, Russo was inducted into the Gannon University Hall of Fame where he remains the program's all-time leader in coaching victories.
In the fall of 1991, Russo took the head coaching position at the University of South Carolina-Spartanburg. During his four seasons in Spartanburg, Russo's teams advanced to the NCAA Division II tournament each year. In 1992, he was named the NSCAA South Regional Coach of the Year. He earned Peach Belt Conference Coach of the Year recognition in both 1992 and 1994. Russo also served as a physical education instructor. He was president of the Western Pennsylvania Intercollegiate Soccer Conference in 1983.
Larry Scheiderer has been at Denison since 1992, first as the Director of Athletics, Physical Education and Recreation for 20 years and most recently as the Director of Athletic Operations.
During Scheiderer’s time as director of athletics, Denison has won 11 North Coast Athletic Conference All-Sports Championship, which is a league record. In addition, Denison has finished in the top-three of the NCAC All-Sports standings for 14 consecutive years. Under Scheiderer’s direction, DU captured 86 conference team championships, and two NCAA Division III national championships.
The 2010-11 season culminated in Denison’s 12th NCAC All-Sports Championship following seven conference championships in men’s and women’s swimming & diving, women’s basketball, softball, men’s lacrosse, women’s lacrosse and women’s tennis. Women’s soccer and women’s tennis would both advance to the NCAA Division III national quarterfinals (Elite 8) and the men’s swimming & diving team won the national championship in dramatic fashion.
During his final 12 years Denison posted five top-20 finishes in the annual Learfield Sports Directors’ Cup, an honor that recognizes success in NCAA postseason competition. In 2005-06, Denison peaked with a 16th place finish in the Directors’ Cup race and the college has never placed lower than 45th out of more than 400 NCAA Division III institutions.
A native of Marysville, Ohio, Scheiderer is a 1977 graduate of Ohio University with a B.S. in education. He completed his master’s degree at Central Michigan University, and holds a Ph.D. from Ohio University.
Senior Associate Director of Athletics, Physical Education and Recreation Lynn Schweizer brings 40 years of experience in athletics to Denison University. As part of her athletic administrative role, Schweizer serves as the North Coast Athletic Conference administrative liaison to the both the Swimming and Diving Committee, and the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee
In addition to assisting with the intercollegiate athletics program, Schweizer also serves as Denison’s Director of Club Sports and Intramurals. One of the model recreation programs in Division III, approximately 700 students participate in Denison’s offering of 32 club sports. Additionally, over 30 percent of the student body competes annually in Denison’s extensive intramural sports program.
Schweizer has been honored frequently throughout her distinguished career but in 2004 she was selected as one of 20 Sports Ethics Fellows by the Institute for International Sports. The Sports Ethics Fellows were chosen for ability to inspire and motivate others to make sports a positive, character building experience for every athlete.
Prior to moving into an administrative role, Schweizer spent over 15 years as a coach in the Denison athletic department. She began her coaching career in 1973 as the head women's basketball coach, a position she held until 1980. From 1974 through 1985 she served as the head women's swimimng coach and from 1974-86 she held the title of head women’s diving coach. Denison has grown into one of the top swimming and diving programs in the nation and Schweizer played a large role in the development of the men’s and women’s program’s in the 70s and 80s.
In 1983 Schweizer coached a record six Denison athletes to the Division III national championship meet in Canton, Ohio. That year Nancy Dunn became Denison's first national champion (in any sport) when she won the 50-yard butterfly. In 1986 Schweizer was named the NCAA Women’s National Diving Coach of the Year after coaching Natalie Gibbs and Tiffany Jeisel to a pair of All-American performances at the Division III Championship. Schweizer also coached the men’s diving team from 1984-86 and at the 1986 national championship, Rob Burnett became the first male All-American diver in school history. Additionally, Schweizer coached Denison's synchronized swimming teams from 1974-79. In the fall of 2010, Schweizer was inducted into the Denison Swimming and Diving Hall of Fame.
Schweizer was instrumental in the development of the Physical Education program at Denison, serving as the department chair for 19 years from 1985 through 2004. Part of Schweizer's administrative role has included serving on many committees to further develop and improve not only the athletics program but the educational aspect, as well. During her tenure, she has served on over 40 campus committees and currently serves on the Committee on Intercollegiate Athletics (CIA); Eating Disorder Intervention Team (EDIT); CARE Advocate; Denison Student-Athlete Advisory Council (DSAAC); Varsity D Association Athletic Hall of Fame; APER Facilities Committee; and the University Signage Committee.
In addition to her work on various campus committees, Schweizer is active in the local community and has been the chair of the American Red Cross Water Safety board for Licking County for over 20 years. In 2002, she was awarded the Licking County Red Cross Outstanding Community Achievement Award for her 35 plus years as a volunteer for the Red Cross.
Schweizer earned her bachelor’s degree in physical education and health from Ohio University in 1971, and went on to receiver her master’s in physical education from The Ohio State University in 1980.
Ashley Shaffer has been employed as the Denison track & field assistant coach since the fall of 2011. The Lancaster, Ohio native served as the 2011 NCAA Division III Outdoor Track & Field intern for the championship meet hosted by her alma mater Ohio Wesleyan University. Her duties included helping with meet set-up and management, and organizing meet workers. Shaffer also completed, organized and filed all purchase orders.
Prior to her NCAA internship, she earned her master’s degree at Muskingum University in 2010. While serving as a graduate assistant for the Muskies, Shaffer coached a four-time national qualifier in the triple jump. She also assisted in the training of cross country athletes.
Shaffer earned her bachelor’s degree in physical education from Ohio Wesleyan University in 2008. The product of Lancaster High School was a five-time national qualifier, and earned All-American honors in the Heptathlon in 2007. She was a 31-time All-North Coast Athletic Conference selection, a 13-time conference champion, and was named NCAC Indoor Sprint/Hurdle MVP in 2005 and 2006.
P.J. Soteriades has been employed by Denison as its head field hockey coach since the fall of 2000. Since then she has gone on to become the program’s all-time winningest coach and the program’s longest tenured coach.
In 2011, Soteriades was named regional and conference Coach of the Year after leading Denison to an 18-2 record, its first North Coast Athletic Conference title since 2000, and its first-ever NCAC Tournament crown.
A 2000 graduate of Ohio University with a Bachelor of Science degree in organizational communication, Soteriades has gained considerable field hockey experience at the college level. After competing for Mid-American Conference champion and NCAA Tournament participant Ball State University as a first-year student, Soteriades completed her collegiate career as a three-year member of the Ohio University Bobcat varsity squad.
Included among her honors at Ohio University was being selected to serve as team captain during her senior season. A Dean's List student, Soteriades was also the recipient of OU's Scholar-Athlete Award, and she earned membership in Lambda Pi Eta, the national communication honor society.
In addition to her role as head field hockey coach, Soteriades also serves as the advisor to the Denison Student Athlete Advisory Council.
Chris Sullivan has served as the assistant men’s basketball coach at Denison since the fall of 2011. begins his third year at Denison as the assistant men's basketball coach in 2013-14.
Since coming to Denison the Big Red have made consecutive North Coast Athletic Conference Tournament appearances and in 2012 DU advanced to the program's first-ever NCAC Tournament championship game. Prior to his arrival in Granville, Sullivan capped a stellar career with Wittenberg University, leading the Tigers to back-to-back 20 win seasons and to the second round of the 2011 NCAA Tournament. Sullivan joined the 1,000-point club at Wittenberg in a win over Wooster on February 12, 2011.
Sullivan started his collegiate basketball career at Franklin and Marshall University. After his freshman season, Sullivan transferred to Wittenberg University and as a junior was named second-team All-NCAC. In his third year, Sullivan tied the Wittenberg all-time season mark for three-point field-goals made in a season (90) and finished sixth in the nation with 3.2 three-point field-goals made per game.
During his senior campaign, Sullivan led the nation in three-pointers per game (4.1) and set the Wittenberg and NCAC record for three-pointers made in a season (120). He was named first-team All-NCAC, first-team All-Great Lakes Region, and was selected to the D3hoops.com All-America team. Sullivan graduated from Wittenberg in 2011 with a degree in Sport Management.
A native of Upper Arlington, Ohio, Sullivan played his high school basketball at Upper Arlington High School. As a senior, Sullivan led Upper Arlington to its first district title in 60 years and was named first team All-Ohio Capital Conference. Sullivan’s 92 three-point field-goals made during his senior season currently ranks 18th all-time in the state of Ohio.
Phil Torrens has been the head cross country coach at Denison since 1979 and is the longest tenured head coach in the athletic department. Torrens’ teams have won multiple North Coast Athletic Conference championships and he is a multi-time conference coach of the year recipient. Torrens also serves as an assistant coach with the men’s and women’s track & field teams at Denison.
Torrens graduated from Muskingum College in 1968. He began his coaching career at Utica High School from 1968-1972 and continued at Newark High School from 1972-1979. In 1979, he accepted the opportunity to come to Denison as head cross country coach and assistant track coach.
In order to further his coaching expertise, Torrens has completed the TAC Level II training seminars held at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs. He has also served as an official at the NCAA Division III Indoor and Outdoor Championships at various times over the last 25 years.
Kevin Varnish has been Denison’s Supervisor of Athletic Facilities since 1995. Varnish came to Denison from Columbus State Community College to oversee facility and equipment operations and supervision of the facilities student employment and equipment staff. As supervisor of facilities, a large part of Varnish's responsibilities are focused on intercollegiate event management, university events and conferences, facilities operations, and the coordination of facilities projects. Varnish also oversees the daily operation of Denison's Physical Education Center and is responsible for hiring and scheduling a student staff of nearly 100 employees.
On the equipment side, Varnish coordinates the daily function of the facilities laundry operation, as well as coordinating the issue of equipment to the 23 men's and women's varsity sports programs and to recreational users of Denison's facilities. Varnish also coordinates all outdoor field lining for varsity practices, games, intramurals, club sports and summer camps.
Prior to coming to Denison, Varnish served as an assistant to the director of athletics at Columbus State from 1988 to 1995. Varnish was the department's athletic recruiting coordinator, assistant sports information director and was responsible for the daily operation of Columbus State's recreation facilities. Varnish also served as an instructor within the sports and fitness management program. While working at Columbus State, Varnish spent seven years as an assistant varsity track coach and three years as an assistant football coach for Reynoldsburg City Schools.
Varnish holds a bachelor of science in education (1989) and a master of arts in sports administration from The Ohio State University (1994).
Lynsey Whisner has been employed by Denison since 2001 and has served as the head volleyball coach since 2007. Whisner and the Big Red are coming off a successful 2012 campaign which saw them go 21-10 and finish fourth in the NCAC with a 5-3 record. Whisner was named the NCAC Coach of the Year for the first time in her career.
After spending six years as an assistant coach, Whisner took over the head volleyball coaching reins from 18-year head coach Sara Lee in 2007. She served as the assistant volleyball and assistant softball coach at Denison since the 2001-02 season. From 2001 through 2009 Whisner also served as the assistant softball coach. During that eight-year span the Denison softball team averaged 24 victories a season and captured three NCAC regular season championships, three NCAC Tournament titles and three NCAA Division III Championship Tournament berths.
Whisner earned her master’s in business administration from Otterbein in 2008 and received a bachelor's degree in business management with a concentration in human resources from Capital University in 1999. In addition to her role as head volleyball coach, Whisner also assists Associate Director of Athletics Lynn Schweizer with the day to day operations of Denison's club sports program.
2012-13 is Rhonda White’s seventh year as the part-time building monitor for Denison’s Physical Education Center. White began her employment at Denison working as a lifeguard for camps and events during the summer of 2006. Her responsibilities as a building monitor include facilities supervision, assisting with event set-up and event management, supervision of student employees and the athletics’ laundry operation.
White has extensive experience in the recreation and athletic environment having worked for eight years as the recreation director for the Heath Parks and Recreation Department. As recreation director, she served as the administrator of the Heath Community Recreation and Fitness Center, as the assistant manager of the Heath City Water Park, and as Program Coordinator of Adult and Youth Programs. In addition to her role at Denison, White is also a middle school business teacher at Licking Valley High School.
White graduated from Heath High School and attended Bowling Green State University, majoring in Physical Education. She transferred to Mount Vernon Nazarene University and graduated with a degree in business administration.
An active member of the community, White serves as co-chairperson of Kids First Fest Committee and as a volunteer for the Davis Shai House. White also serves on the Licking County Red Cross Water Safety Committee and the Licking County Board of Health.
In her free time, Rhonda enjoys all sports and recreational activities, crafts, and spending time with friends and family. She currently resides in Heath with her husband, Craig, and their three children, Megan and twins Kaitlyn and Austin.