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LONG-AND-STORIED HISTORY ........... 2-3 STATE-OF-THE-ART FUTURE .............. 4-5 ATHLETICS EXCELLENCE ................... 6-7 THE BEARS PLAY HERE ...................... 8-9 BEARS GAMEDAY ............................ 10-11 YOU’LL PLAY ONLY THE BEST ....... 12-13 FIRST-CLASS TRAVEL ..................... 14-15 POWER AND STRENGTH ................. 16-17

GEARED FOR SUCCESS .................. 18-19 WE’RE HERE FOR YOU .................... 20-21 LENDING A HELPING HAND ........... 22-23 AD AND COACHES .......................... 24-25 A COLLEGE LIKE NO OTHER .......... 26-27 THE CITY OF GREELEY .................. 28-29 THIS IS COLORADO ........................ 30-31 WHY THE BEARS? ................................ 32

This Northern Colorado Athletics Recruiting Guide was written, designed and edited by Scott Ward. Assistance was provided by Heather Kennedy and Dana Miller. Photography provided by Paul Dorweiler, Scott Ward and many other unknown Bears photographers throughout the years. For all the latest news and happenings with Northern Colorado athletics, click on uncbears.com. Enjoy!


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orthern Colorado’s state-of-the-art Butler-Hancock Athletic Center renovation was unveiled at the end of summer 2010 and continued the athletic department’s push to be one of the best programs in the West and the very best in the Big Sky Conference. Included in the renovation to the 37-year old building are new multifunction classroom spaces, large flexible meeting spaces, a video center and the new home of the Northern Colorado Athletic Medicine Teaching Center, including the relocation of the Dan Libera Athletic Training Room, which will include a state-of-the-art hydrotherapy pool. A new strength and conditioning center was also unveiled, along with spacious new team rooms for the softball and wrestling programs, renovations to the swimming and diving locker facility, lockers and changing spaces for all athletic teams and a renovated football team room that includes custom designed lockers and two coaches locker rooms. The signature piece of the project is the long-awaited Northern Colorado Athletic Hall of Fame and Sports Museum, which was on the north side of Butler-Hancock Athletic Center. The Hall of Fame proudly displays names of student-athletes, coaches and honored contributors who have previously been enshrined in the Hall of Fame, and those to come in the future, and features a video-display system that enables visitors to call up any Northern Colorado Hall of Fame member on-demand and view the accomplishments of that particular member.

All the new and renovated spaces planned in the project were designed to serve Northern Colorado studentathletes, staff members, fans and alumni with the highest level of quality and amenities. Hospitality areas for game-day activities as well as special events are included adjacent to the Athletic Hall of Fame and Sports Museum, which features color graphics and large murals, highlighting the Bears’ rich athletic tradition and has become a year-round destination location for visitors to Greeley and fans of Northern Colorado history. The University contracted with international-contractor Hensel Phelps Construction, based in Greeley since 1937, for the construction and renovation project, while partnering with Denver-based Sink Combs Dethlefs to provide quality building design and architectural and engineering services. The New Butler-Hancock Athletic Center was proudly the first building at UNC certified as meeting the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) standards for “green” buildings. LEED designation certifies that a building meets a wide range of environmentally friendly criteria.

This now-complete renovation and construction to one of the landmarks of the University of Northern Colorado campus has no doubt transformed the facility into a much-deserved showcase for Northern Colorado athletics and has the Bears poised to enjoy one of the finest on-campus facilities in the Big Sky Conference.


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laying for any one of Northern Colorado’s 19 athletic programs means competing against some of the very best teams in the country -- simple as that. Northern Colorado coaches constantly scour the country and burn up the phone lines to ensure that their teams get the necessary experience and exposure to grow and evolve into championship-caliber programs. It’s often been said that “to be the best you have to beat the best,” and nowhere is that more apparent than with the Bears, who have competed in recent years against teams from conferences like the ACC, Atlantic 10, Big 10, Big 12, Big East, Mountain West, PAC-10, SEC and the WAC. And when the UNC programs aren’t testing themselves on the national stage, they compete in some of the country’s best conferences. A majority of the Bear programs compete in the Big Sky, a league continually regarded for its national prowess, especially in terms of FCS football, while others compete in the America Sky Golf Conference (men’s golf), Conference USA (swimming and diving), Great West (baseball), Pacific Coast Softball Conference and the Western Wrestling Conference. One of the many reasons why Northern Colorado decided to make the switch to the NCAA Division I level was because of the better opportunities the switch afforded its student-athletes. Here’s a closer look at some of the top-notch programs Northern Colorado has faced in recent years or will face in upcoming seasons: OPPONENT SPORT Arizona State Baseball Arkansas Softball California Men’s basketball Colorado Tennis, track, volleyball Colorado State Football, tennis, track, volleyball, softball Florida Golf Florida State Women’s basketball Men’s basketball Gonzaga Hawaii Football, men’s basketball, golf Iowa Men’s basketball Kansas Baseball, football, women’s basketball Maryland Women’s basketball Missouri Golf Nebraska Baseball, track, soccer, wrestling North Carolina Wrestling Oklahoma Men’s basketball Oklahoma State Wrestling Oregon Men’s basketball Purdue Football Rice Golf, swimming and diving San Diego State Men’s basketball Southern Mississippi Baseball, swimming and diving Syracuse Men’s basketball Tennessee Softball Texas A&M Baseball UCONN Women’s basketball Women’s basketball Washington


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ne of the many perks of being a NCAA Division I athlete is getting a chance to see the country -- and sometimes the world -- as you compete in your sport of choice. That’s no different at Northern Colorado, where each of our 19 athletic programs not only compete against some of the best competition in the country, they also travel to those events in the best possible accommodations, and in many cases by charter flight. It’s Northern Colorado’s goal for its athletes to be fresh and ready to take on all-comers when they arrive for “road” contests, so every arrangement is made to ensure its players, coaches and traveling support staff are comfortable while traveling and upon arrival. In recent years, the Bears have traveled everywhere from China (volleyball), to New York City (women’s basketball) to West Lafayette, Ind., (football) to Hawaii (football, women’s golf and men’s basketball). And they all got there by charter bus to Denver International Airport, voted in 2005 the “Best Airport in North America” by readers of Business Traveler Magazine, and then to their destination city with the help of any of the major worldwide airline carriers that operate on a daily basis. Northern Colorado athletics is going places, and it’s getting there in style and comfort.


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orthern Colorado student-athletes benefit greatly from a comprehensive and individualized strength-and-conditioning program that’s designed by Lavell “Dinky” Williams, the Bears’ director of strength & conditioning and sports performance. Williams’ plan ensures Northern Colorado competes in all of its contests at the highest possible level of physical readiness. Williams and his staff work alongside all the Northern Colorado coaches to devise and implement instruction that’s specific to individual student-athletes and teams, both in and out of season. Williams is dedicated to developing all the Bears studentathletes to excel to their fullest potential in the weight room and on the field or court. They achieve this through the implementation of sound research in the strength-and-conditioning field and are committed to developing effective programming for the improvement of speed, agility, strength and power. Their philosophy is to focus on Olympic-style lifting and the utilization of other traditional lifts, including squats, deadlifts and bench work. Helping in this pursuit is Northern Colorado’s state-of-the-art Strength & Conditioning Center, which opened in summer 2010 as part of a massive renovation and construction project to Butler-Hancock Sports Complex. The facility helps Williams achieve his goals for Northern Colorado studentathletes and also brings the Bears’ strength and conditioning program up to and beyond anything else that’s available in the Big Sky Conference.


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f you’re going to play the part, you’ve got to look the part. And that’s why Northern Colorado, as it continues its trek toward becoming an NCAA Division I leader, has devoted a large chunk of its resources toward outfitting all of the Bears with the very best athletic equipment and apparel. Northern Colorado student-athletes, coaches and support staff are all equipped in gear from some of the nation’s best names in athletics, including Adidas, Asics, Easton, New Balance, Nike, Mizuno, Prince, Titleist, Under Armour and Wilson.

And when the Bears aren’t on their fields of play, they still look their best in the some of the finest pregame, travel and everyday gear around. A craftsman is never supposed to blame his tools, but as student-athletes all across the country continue to evolve, the gear they are in on game day can have a distinct advantage. So, whenever any Northern Colorado studentathletes steps on the playing surface, they know they are wearing the best apparel and using the best equipment possible as they strive to become champions.


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orthern Colorado is serious about the role it plays in the lives of its more than 400 student-athletes and for that reason has systematically designed myriad programs to meet their ever-changing needs. ACADEMIC SUCCESS UNC’s student-athletes are some of the brightest on the UNC campus -- the Bears are the reigning champions in Big Sky Conference graduation rate -- and the educational resources at their disposal is a big reason for that. All Northern Colorado student-athletes have year-round access to the athletic department’s Harrison Academic Success Center as well as free and unlimited tutoring. They also get the chance to take part in supervised study halls and on-campus academic advising with Jimmy Henderson, Northern Colorado’s assistant athletic director for academic success. MEDIA RELATIONS Northern Colorado athletics continues to impress -- on and off the court -- and the Bears’ Media Relations office, under the direction of director Heather Kennedy, is in charge of chronicling those successes and making local, state and national media outlets aware of the great things happening in Greeley. It’s been said that “athletics are the handshake of a univer-

sity,” and Kennedy and her staff are in charge of extending that handshake as far as possible and generating as much exposure as possible for all the Northern Colorado student-athletes. Within the past few years, Bears student-athletes and coaches have been featured nationally in the NCAA Men’s Basketball Final Four program, the Sugar Bowl Halftime Show and various ESPN platforms, while gaining statewide attention on Altitude and Fox Sports Rocky Mountain and in the Denver Post and Rocky Mountain News, and local acclaim in the Greeley Tribune, Ft. Collins Coloradoan and on KFKA, the radio voice of the Bears. SPORTS MEDICINE Under the direction of head athletic trainer Rawley Klingsmith, Northern Colorado’s Sports Medicine department is one of the very finest in the country and arguably the best in the Big Sky Conference. Klingsmith leads a team of seven full-time athletic trainers and a dozen interns and graduate assistants. The department also continuously consults with a team of six physicians located in and around the Greeley area. And as part of Northern Colorado’s ongoing construction and renovation project, the Bears’ Sports Medicine department is in line in 2010 to move into a brand new athletic training room that will include the latest in sports-medicine technologies, including a hydrotherapy plunge pool.


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orthern Colorado studentathletes are leaders in their fields of play and in the community. They know that wearing the blue and gold is about more than wins and losses. It’s also about interacting with the public and making a positive impact in the lives of others. Many of the Bears athletic programs take part in planned community-service projects throughout the year, like Habitat for Humanity, while other programs donate their time and resources to more specific causes, like reading to area elementary schools or holding free youth camps to introduce area youngsters to various sports. The University of Northern Colorado as well as the UNC athletic department only accept some of the finest students and student-athletes in the world, and once they arrive on campus the impact they make on campus and off is immeasurable.


ATHLETICS DEPARTMENT MISSION STATEMENT The Department of Intercollegiate Athletics at the University of Northern Colorado supports and contributes to the university’s mission to be a leading student-centered institution that promotes effective teaching, lifelong learning, the advancement of knowledge, research and a commitment to service.

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ay S. Hinrichs was appointed director of intercollegiate athletics at the University of Northern Colorado on Aug. 23, 2004. And in his short time on the job, he has changed the face and the history of Bears athletics. Since his hiring, Hinrichs has directed the program’s reclassification process to the NCAA Division I level, secured Northern Colorado’s membership in the Big Sky Conference and helped lead a successful university-wide student-fee referendum that resulted in a $16 million expansion-and-renovation project for the university’s athletic, recreation and club-sport facilities. Hinrichs was also key in securing an additional $14.5 million from the state of Colorado for continued renovations to Butler-Hancock Sports Pavilion, which began during summer 2009. Hinrichs came to Greeley with much experience in big-time athletics, and it didn’t take him long to begin Northern Colorado’s trek to that level. The Bears have hosted multiple NCAA Division I championship events and Hinrichs has been successful in attracting top-level coaches from some of the nation’s top programs, including football coach Scott

Downing (Nebraska), men’s basketball coach Tad Boyle (Wichita State) and women’s basketball coach Jaime White (Wyoming). Hinrichs came to Northern Colorado after serving as associate athletic director for facilities planning at Kansas. He previously was the director of KU’s Williams Educational Fund, a 4,600-member donor organization. Prior to his time at Kansas, Hinrichs served for 18 years in a variety of senior-management positions with the Kansas City Royals. Hinrichs has also served in the community as a board of directors member and Chairman of the Board of the Kansas and Western Missouri affiliate of the National Kidney Foundation and as a board member of the Kansas City Corporate Challenge. He is also a member of the United Way of Weld County Board of Directors. Hinrichs, 51, earned his bachelor’s degree in personnel administration and psychology (1980) and his master’s degree in business administration (1983) from the University of Kansas. He is married to the former Julie Miller of Cedar Falls, Iowa, and they have one son, Jared


he University of Northern Colorado commits to the success of its students by providing a solid liberal arts foundation, relevant professional coursework and real-world experiences in an environment where faculty and staff value personal attention as a key to learning. The university’s five colleges offer more than 100 undergraduate programs of study, which include a nationally recognized business school, innovative nursing programs and awardwinning theatre arts and teacher-education programs. With its rich 118-year history, dedicated faculty, active students and NCAA Division I athletic teams, the University of Northern Colorado is large enough to provide true university opportunities, and small enough to treat students as individuals. There are five colleges on campus, including the nationally acclaimed Kenneth W. Monfort College of Business, Education and Behavioral Sciences, Humanities and Social Sciences, Natural and Health Sciences and Performing and Visual Arts. The Monfort College of Business was the nation’s first and only business college to receive the Malcolm Baldridge National Quality Award from the

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Office of the President of the United States and U.S. Department of Commerce, the nation’s highest honor for quality and performance excellence. And Down Beat magazine has given Northern Colorado’s Jazz Studies program, out of the College of Performing and Visual Arts, more than 100 awards in the past 25 years. The University Symphony Orchestra has also been honored as the “Best College Orchestra” six times in the past nine years. Students from 46 states and 37 countries comprise the enrollment at the University of Northern Colorado, and many of those students attend the Greeley campus every year with the help of nearly $75 million in grants, loans, work-study programs and scholarships. The University of Northern Colorado is also at the forefront of college-campus technology, with 600-plus computers available for use in 13 open labs across campus, including a centralcampus lab open 24 hours.


here’s no wonder why Greeley, Colorado, home to Northern Colorado’s beautiful campus, is filled with easy smiles and boundless possibilities. With the snowcapped Rocky Mountains less than an hour’s drive to the west and sprawling farmlands directly to the east, Greeley offers a varied experience for young and old alike. Greeley, about an hour northeast of Denver, is simply everything good about America. Whether you’re looking for a rodeo or a picnic, the latest Hollywood blockbuster or some live theater, an afternoon hike or a fishing trip, a concert or the hippest comedians, it’s all here. Greeley’s a great place to call home, even if its just for a few years. The Northern Colorado region includes limitless opportunities for family outings, lazy afternoons or affordable adventures. Greeley continues to epitomize the American West, with its open spaces, open hearts and a history as expansive and colorful as its surroundings. Home to nearly 85,000 residents, Gree-

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ley is located 4,658 feet above sea level and is the county seat of Weld County -- the largest county in the state of Colorado and almost three times the state of Rhode Island. Plus, Greeley has proven to be a dynamic place to live. In fact, Forbes Magazine recently ranked Greeley as one of the top places in the United States for business and careers and named Weld county as having the fastest rising standard of living in America over the past five years. The city of Greeley and the surrounding area was also the inspiration for James Michener’s novel “Centennial” -- hence the James A. Michener Library on the campus of the University of Northern Colorado. Greeley, Colorado, is one of the very finest college towns in the West and arguably the best in the Big Sky Conference. And with more than 300 days of sunshine per year, you’ll have plenty of time outside the classroom to get out and explore one of the nation’s most picturesque states.


verything you’ve hard about the state of Colorado is true, and you’d be hard-pressed to find a better location to embark on your collegiate athletic career. The 38th member of the United States, Colorado, “The Centennial State,” offers up to its residents and visitors so many different types of activities and experiences that it’s difficult to describe in a few short paragraphs. Colorado is a four-season destination offering world-class adventure and recreational pursuits, a thriving arts scene, a rich cultural heritage, flavorful cuisine, and renowned ski resort areas. The state’s breathtaking natural landscape boasts natural hot springs, hundreds of lakes and rivers, 10 national parks and monuments, and 54 mountain peaks that top 14,000 feet. And located at the base of the Rocky Mountains and about an hour south of Greeley is Denver, one of America’s most active, respected and beautiful cities. Denver is also the cream of the crop when it comes to professional sports. The Colorado Avalanche (NHL), Colorado Rockies (MLB), Denver Broncos (NFL) and the Denver Nuggets (NBA) all represent Denver and the state of Colorado and all play downtown in Invesco Field, Coors Field or the Pepsi Center. Denver has in recent years been voted the “Nation’s Top Sports Town” by The Sporting News, and it has had plenty of success in recent years with most of its professional franchises. The Broncos claimed consecutive Super Bowl titles in the 1990s, the Rockies seem to always celebrate “Rocktober,” the Avalanche is one of the NHL’s premier franchises and the Nuggets are in the middle of a resurgence. Yes, Colorado has it all. The only thing missing is you.

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"The chance to pitch for a program with so much Division I history and to get to face some of the nation’s best teams was an opportunity I couldn’t pass up. I’m majoring in business, and for that you can’t do much better than the Monfort College of Business. And throw in Greeley being just an hour or so from my home and the great overall college experience that Northern Colorado provides made what could have been an extremely difficult decision a no brainer."

“I chose Northern Colorado for a few reasons. I knew I wanted to dive in college and on my recruiting trip to Greeley I immediately fell in love with the program, campus, and coaching staff. All of the swimmers and divers were extremely welcoming, and they all made me feel like I already belonged. Secondly, my sister was already a Bear, and I wanted to continue diving with her. All the great things she had told me about campus life made me feel like Northern Colorado was a great fit. Also, I knew I wanted to get a great education, even though I had no idea what I wanted to study. Northern Colorado offers many diverse programs with great reputations so I knew I would be able to receive a great education." KELLY SCHMECKPEPER-COOK DENVER, COLO.

ALLAN AITKEN

National and international jazz musician project co-founder

WILLIAM ALEXANDER Member of the Black Filmmakers Hall of Fame

DUANE BANKS

All-time winningest baseball coach at University of Iowa and led Hawkeyes to only College World Series appearance

JABRIL BANKS

Member of FC Bayern Muenchen, German Professional Basketball team

CLAUDIO BATTAGLINI Coached a pair of three-time Olympians in triathlon

JOE WILLMAN,AURORA, COLO.

LARK BIRDSONG

Former GM of Colorado Xplosion (ABL), implemented women’s basketball at University of Iowa

CISCO CARLOS

Former MLB pitcher (White Sox, Senators)

ERIN DEFFENBAUGH 2002 NCAA Division II National Volleyball Player of the Year

“Since the first day I stepped on campus, I knew UNC was for me. It’s surrounded by some of the most beautiful landscapes in the world, and the values and traditions promoted are right in line with my own. I’m majoring in finance, and the Monfort College of Business is one of the world’s top-ranked programs in that area. And the coaches and diversity of our practice facilities played a key part in my decision. Northern Colorado has it all, and my time here has been great.” ALBERTO DELL’ANNA PLATJA D’ARO, SPAIN

“When I heard UNC was interested in me, I went on a visit and immediately fell in love with the campus, the softball program and the coaches. I knew it was a fairly new program, and that excited me because I want to help start something great and leave a legacy behind that no one will forget. The academics are topnotch, and I love being a Bear.” JAMIE JUELFS FORT COLLINS, COLO.

JOE DeLIO

Recipient of two Purple Hearts, and has sharpened ice skates for multiple U.S. Olympians

STEVEN DIETZ

National award-winning playwright

REED DOUGHTY NFL defensive back (Redskins)

R.W. EAKS

Former member of PGA Tour, Nationwide Tour and current member of PGA Champions Tour

DAVE KELLER

Former Minor League Baseball player, currently Minor League hitting instructor for Chicago Cubs

HENRIETTA FORE

BILL KENNEY

WILLIAM M. FRASER

CARLOTTA LaNIER

Director of United States Mint from 2001-2005 34th Vice Chief Staff of the United States Air Force

BRENNAN GARR

Former NFL QB (Chiefs) and Missouri state senator

Member of historic Little Rock Nine, who integrated Little Rock Central High School in 1957

Minor League Baseball pitcher in Texas Rangers organization

CORTE McGUFFEY

GREG GERMANN

DON MEYER

American actor, starred as Richard Fish in TV series Ally McBeal

1999 Harlon Hill Trophy winner

All-time winningest NCAA men’s basketball coach

DANIELLE HAGEN

JAMES A. MICHENER

MIKE HIGGINS

CAROL MUTTER

Finalist for 2008 Jimmy V Award

NBA forward (Lakers, Nuggets, Kings)

THEO HOLLAND

American author of more than 40 titles

First woman in US Armed Forces history to be appointed three-star general status

One of the first African-American men’s basketball players to ever appear in a game inside Kentucky’s Rupp Arena

NEAL RUBIN

VINCENT JACKSON

TOM RUNNELLS

DIRK JOHNSON

AARON SMITH

T.R. KEATING

JOE STRAIN

NFL wide receiver (Chargers)

NFL punter (Saints, Eagles, Bears, Cardinals) Minor League Baseball pitcher in Baltimore Orioles organization

Author of nationally-syndicated comic strip Gil Thorp Bench coach for Colorado Rockies NFL lineman (Steelers), winner of two Super Bowls (XL, XLIII) Former MLB infielder (Giants)

RICH STUBLER

Former coach of Toronto Argonauts (CFL)

“SULLY” SULLENBERGER Carried out emergency ditching of US Airways Flight 1549 in the Hudson River on January 15, 2009

FRANK WAINRIGHT

Played 10 seasons in NFL (Saints, Eagles, Dolphins, Ravens)

ALENA WATTERS

National entertainer, including gigs in concerts, films and TV programs

WELLINGTON WEBB Denver’s first African-American mayor

ED WERDER

ESPN reporter since 1998

RECRUITING GUIDE  

A department-wide recruiting guide I created in 2010 and continue to update for Northern Colorado Athletics.