Athletics
DePaul's intercollegiate athletic teams compete in the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I, BIG EAST Conference, in the following sports: women's basketball, cross country, soccer, tennis, indoor and outdoor track, volleyball and softball, men's basketball, cross country, soccer, tennis, indoor and outdoor track and golf.
  • DePaul softballSix different sports have represented the Blue Demons in NCAA postseason play.
  • The women's basketball program has played in 11 consecutive NCAA tournaments, including Sweet 16 appearances in 2006 and 2010 and is one of just nine programs in the country to reach 11 straight tournaments.
  • In 2012, women’s basketball head coach Doug Bruno served as an assistant for Team USA at the London Olympics and helped the squad to its fifth straight gold medal.
  • Women's softball has made 17 total NCAA appearances, including six in the past seven years. The Blue Demons fought their way to Women’s College World Series berths in 2005 and 2007.
  • Since joining the BIG EAST in 2005, 14 Blue Demons have earned All-American honors. An additional 20 have been recognized with Academic All-America awards.
  • Fourteen Blue Demons have won individual conference championships, including four with multiple titles. Brad Millar claimed DePaul's first BIG EAST individual championship with a first-place finish in the hammer throw at the 2007 BIG EAST Outdoor Track and Field Championships before defending his title in 2008 and winning a third crown in 2010. Melissa Fraser claimed the first women's individual championship in the javelin at the 2008 BIG EAST Championships.
  • DePaul soccerMore than 130 DePaul student-athletes have earned all-conference honors from the BIG EAST Conference.
  • Eleven former student-athletes were named to Conference USA All-Decade teams in their respective sports.
  • In 2013, women's basketball reached the NCAA Tournament for the 11th straight season and the 18th time since 1990. The Blue Demons’ cumulative GPA of 3.625 was ranked No. 2 in the WBCA Academic Top 25.
  • Women’s soccer has reached the BIG EAST Championship tournament four times in the past five seasons, reaching the finals in 2013 and making the program’s first NCAA Tournament appearance since 2003.
  • In 2012-13, a record-setting eight DePaul athletics programs – including women's basketball, golf, men's soccer, women's soccer, men's tennis, women's tennis, women's indoor track and field and women's outdoor track and field – won or shared the BIG EAST’s Team Academic Excellence Award as the team with the highest cumulative GPA in the conference. It was the third straight year DePaul led the BIG EAST in total team academic awards.
  • During the 2012-13 academic year, 151 DePaul student-athletes were named to the BIG EAST All-Academic Team.
  • DePaul student-athletes participated in over 1,400 hours of community service during the 2012-13 academic year. The Blue Demons contribute many of those hours to local organizations like Misericordia, the St. Vincent de Paul soup kitchen, sports clinics, tutoring, breast cancer walks, DemonTHON, Vincentian Service Day and many more..DePaul womens tennis players

Tradition

  • • In 1900, when the first athletic team to ever represent DePaul University was organized, the monogram “D” was selected for the uniforms. From this originated the nickname “D-Men,” which evolved into “Demons.” The blue, which combines with Demons, signifies loyalty and was chosen in 1901 by a vote of the student body.
  • DePaul's colors are royal blue and scarlet.
  • In the fall of 1999, DePaul unveiled the new Blue Demon logo. The logo heads a family of 17 symbols that visually captures the essence of DePaul's athletic program and represents the attitude of DePaul's student athletes.
  • The DePaul athletic program has produced prominent athletes who have taken their playing careers to the professional level. In 1946, the late George Mikan signed with the pre-NBA Chicago Gears. He would later carry the NBA's Minneapolis Lakers (currently the Los Angeles Lakers) to five championships in six seasons. In 1981, Mark Aguirre was the first overall draft pick in the NBA by the Dallas Mavericks. In 1982, Terry Cummings was the second overall draft pick by the San Diego Clippers (currently the Los Angeles Clippers). Today, the league serves as home to former DePaul standout Wilson Chandler of the Denver Nuggets as well as Utah Jazz head coach Tyrone Corbin.
  • In his 42 years as head coach of DePaul, from 1942 to 1984, the late Ray Meyer compiled a record of 724-354 (.671). Thirteen of his teams advanced to the NCAA Tournament, and seven of his squads played in the National Invitational Tournament (NIT). His 1943 and 1979 teams advanced to the NCAA Final Four, while his 1945 team, featuring future Hall of Famer Mikan, won the NIT when it was considered the national championship.

Facilities

  • In 2013, Mayor Rahm Emanuel announced plans for a large-scale economic development project near McCormick Place – one that includes construction of a 10,000-seat, multipurpose events center, which will serve as the future home of DePaul basketball. The facility is projected to be operational for the 2016-17 season.
  • DePaul Basketball• The $10 million Sullivan Athletic Center, 2323 N. Sheffield Ave., opened in May 2000, replacing the 43-year-old Alumni Hall. The facility serves as a practice, training and fitness center for student-athletes on DePaul's teams, including the Blue Demons' men's and women's basketball teams.
  • The women's basketball and volleyball teams compete in Sullivan Athletic Center's 3,000-seat McGrath-Phillips Arena. During the 2010-11 season, DePaul named the arena basketball court the "Doug Bruno Court" in honor of the Blue Demons' women's basketball head coach.
  • Phase II of the multimillion-dollar renovation to Cacciatore Stadium softball field and Wish Field soccer field was completed during the 2009-10 academic year.
  • Other than exhibition games, the DePaul men's basketball team plays all home games at the 18,500-seat Allstate Arena (formerly the Rosemont Horizon), 6920 N. Mannheim Road, Rosemont, Ill.
  • DePaul's home floor at the Allstate Arena was named the Ray & Marge Meyer Court in December 2003 in honor of the legendary coach and his wife.
  • DePaul's Athletic Academic Advising program provides academic and professional support services for all athletic team members, including supervised study time, weekly advising meetings, tutoring and career development services.

 

About the Athletic Director

Jean PonsettoJean Lenti Ponsetto was one of only a handful of women to head NCAA Division I athletic programs when she was appointed director in 2002. A four-sport athlete, Lenti Ponsetto earned a bachelor's degree in physical education from DePaul in 1978. After graduation, Lenti Ponsetto took a position as assistant women's basketball coach at the university. Since then, she has moved up the ranks with promotions to assistant athletic director, associate athletic director and senior athletic director.
In 1998, Lenti Ponsetto was named Administrator of the Year by the Women's Basketball Coaches Association and National Association of Collegiate Women's Athletics. Lenti Ponsetto is the first woman to chair the NCAA Division I Championships/Competition Cabinet, which oversees all the division's championship events, playing and practice rules, athlete safety and drug education, as well as the financial impact and image of all NCAA events.

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DePaul's Athletics website: depaulbluedemons.com



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