Fall 2019

The Varsity Letter 

A periodic sampling of recent news and notes featuring the people and programs of Denison University Big Red Athletics

Women’s fencing becomes Denison’s 24th varsity sport

Associate Vice President and Director of Athletics Nan Carney-DeBord has announced the addition of women’s fencing as a varsity sport beginning this fall. Associate Professor of English Peter Grandbois, a member of Team USA Fencing, has been named the program’s first head coach. Read more ...

Denison announces its 2019 Hall of Fame class

The Varsity D Association has named its 2019 Hall of Fame class who will be inducted this Friday during Big Red Weekend. The class includes nine former athletes and a retired coach/administrator. Read more ...

DU places among the nation’s elite sports schools again

Denison placed 39th out of 448 NCAA Division III institutions in the final 2019 Learfield Division III Directors’ Cup standings, marking the college’s 11th top-40 finish in the last 15 years. Read more ...

Grogan tabbed to lead golf programs at Denison

University of Michigan All-American Lauren Grogan has been named the new head coach of Big Red men’s and women’s golf, and as an assistant professor in health, exercise and sport studies. Read more ...

Check out Denison’s fall sports

Now that our Big Red athletes have hit the fields, courts, and courses this fall, stay up to date with all the latest here:
For more Denison sports features and highlights, including all of the fall sports scores and stats, visit

Denison announces initiative to honor retired trainer Dale Googins

Denison University is pleased to announce a unique naming opportunity for our Sports Medicine and Athletic Training facility to honor its longtime athletic trainer, Professor Emeritus Dale Googins.
Jeanetta Pyle, a Granville resident and Dale fan, has kicked off this fundraising initiative with a challenge and will match all gifts up to $100,000 toward our $500,000 goal. Reaching our goal will accomplish two things. It will establish a scholarship in Dale’s name for a student majoring in Health, Exercise, and Sports Studies (HESS), and it will commemorate in perpetuity Dale’s outstanding service to the college and its athletes by naming the training suite after him.
In making her gift, Jeanetta stated, “It has been a privilege to know Dale Googins since 1978. He is a caring, competent person who has dedicated his life to the care of others.” She continued, “Over the years, he not only treated injured Denison athletes but also took his off-work time to care for Licking County high school athletes. If anyone deserves to be honored by the Denison family, it’s Dale.”
Before his retirement from Denison in 1998, Dale served for 37 years as the college’s head athletic trainer. He also was an associate professor in the Department of Physical Education. Dale earned numerous awards during his career, including induction into the Ohio Athletic Trainers Association Hall of Fame; the Most Distinguished Athletic Trainer Award from the National Athletic Trainers Association; the Dan Libera Award for Outstanding Service by National Athletic Trainers Association; Ohio Trainer of the Year; the Sertoma Club’s Service to Mankind Award; and Special Recognition by the Ohio Athletic Trainers Association for Lifesaving Techniques. In the fall of 1998, Dale was inducted into Denison’s Varsity D Hall of Fame in recognition of his extraordinary contributions to Denison athletics.
Dale impacted the lives of countless student-athletes during his long tenure at Denison. If Dale influenced your life in some way, either as a former athlete or in your professional career, I hope you will consider supporting this effort with a tax-deductible donation. Please contact Laura Frame in Institutional Advancement at Denison at or 740-587-6291 to make a gift.
Thank you in advance for your support. Let’s honor a Big Red hero!
Nan Carney-DeBord ’80
Associate Vice President
Director of Athletics & Recreation
Chair and Professor of Health, Exercise & Sports Studies
Dale Googins

Support Denison Big Red Athletics

The extraordinary momentum that Denison is realizing campus-wide is mirrored by the success we are experiencing in athletics. In addition to winning a conference-record 17th NCAC All-Sports trophy this year, Denison is now one of only 12 liberal arts colleges nationally, and the only one in the Midwest, to be ranked in the top-50 of both the U.S. News & World Report and the Learfield Director's Cup Division III standings. Denison is keeping good company within this elite group, alongside Amherst, Bates, Bowdoin, Claremont-Mudd-Scripps, Middlebury, Pomona-Pitzer, Washington & Lee, Wesleyan, and Williams. Your gift in support of Denison Athletics will help fund things that otherwise might not be possible: training and recruitment trips, team travel, equipment and uniforms, continuing education for coaches, special team awards and so much more. Thank you for your help in ensuring that our scholar-athletes can continue to compete at the highest level. Go Big Red!
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Your Varsity D Association leadership

Mike Hills
Director of the Varsity D Association
Nan Carney-DeBord ’80
Associate Vice President, Director of Athletics, Professor and Chair of Health, Exercise, and Sport Studies
Rich Seils ’67
President of the Varsity D Association
Come back to campus for Big Red Weekend 2019 this coming weekend, September 27-29, and join the celebration of all things Denison!
Among the many highlights will be a presentation by President Weinberg about Denison’s recent successes and what’s new and exciting at the college; numerous varsity and club sports contests; a cappella, jazz, gospel, and musical theatre concerts; programs about new curricular, co-curricular, and career initiatives at Denison; a food truck lunch on the campus common, and much, much more.
Check out the Schedule of Events!
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