In May, Money magazine teamed up with Sports Illustrated and named Denison among the top schools for sports lovers. Denison ranked No. 9 among Division III schools and No. 41 when combined with Division I schools. We weren’t all that surprised. Denison, after all, has a long tradition of top teams and star athletes. And the coaches—and the students who play for them—make the Hill a great place to be a student-athlete or a sports spectator. “Our coaches are fantastic at helping our athletes achieve their highest potential as athletes, scholars, and human beings,” says Nan Carney DeBord ’80, director of athletics. “Our students see their peers’ endeavors and excellence, and they respond to it. This truly is a great place to play and watch sports.” With the latest ranking fresh on our minds, we wanted to take a look back at the year in sports—and at the athletes who made Denison so successful on the court, on the field, and in the pool.
Major: Health, Exercise, and Sport Studies
Hometown: Granville, Ohio
Stats: First-team All- NCAC; 1,022 points in two seasons; NCAA leader in career freethrow percentage
Best advice your coach ever gave you: “Don’t count the shots you take. Count the ones you make.”
Why athletics at Denison? Denison gave me the opportunity to stay close to home and still play very competitively.
What’s next? I will pursue my master’s degree and play basketball for the University of Nottingham in England.
Favorite moment on the court: Winning the NCAC tournament my junior year
Superstitions before a game: I tie my shoes about four to five times before I play