Udelhofen tapped as director of athletics; Rothert promoted

Vice President of Student Development Arthur Sunleaf announced that Interim Director of Athletics Denise (Bodensteiner) Udelhofen has been named the next director of athletics at Loras College.

In addition, Dan Rothert, the coach of men’s and women’s soccer, has been promoted to associate athletic director.

In her new role as director of athletics, Udelhofen will oversee the management of: Loras’ 23 athletic programs, staff and professional development, budgets and fundraising and department buildings and grounds.

“Denise has demonstrated her ability to effectively lead the program,” Sunleaf said. “Her support and dedication to Loras College is admirable and will serve her well. I am excited about the future and the direction she will take Loras athletics.”

Udelhofen has spent more than 24 years as a member of the Loras College Athletics Department. Most recently, she served as the interim director of athletics over the past 10 months.

Before taking on the role of interim director, Udelhofen served as the associate director of athletics and senior women’s administrator for two years. Previously, she coached the men’s and women’s golf programs to the upper division of the Iowa Conference. She was recognized as the Iowa Conference Coach of the Year in 2005 for men’s golf and in 2006 and 2007 for women’s golf.

Udelhofen additionally serves the College as the director of championships and the director of compliance, and was a member of the NCAA Division III Men’s Golf Championships Committee. She earned both a bachelor’s degree in sport management and a master’s degree in athletics administration from Loras.

“I am honored to have been selected as the next director of athletics at my alma mater,” she said. “I am looking forward to building on the success of Duhawk athletics and working with our tremendous student-athletes, coaches and staff to keep our program moving forward. I thank both President Jim Collins and Dr. Sunleaf for this opportunity to come full circle as a Duhawk, which began for me as a student-athlete and now continues as the director of athletics.”

Dan Rothert has been at the helm of the Duhawk men’s and women’s soccer programs since 1998. Under his direction, the Loras College men’s soccer team has won the Iowa Conference championship eight times and advanced to the NCAA tournament eight consecutive seasons. The men also have enjoyed very successful runs at the national level -— advancing to the Sweet 16 in 2005, 2009 and 2010 and the Final Four in 2007, 2008, 2012 and 2013.

The women’s team has won the Iowa Conference nine times and the IIAC Tournament 11 times. The women have had 11 NCAA appearances under Rothert, highlighted by runs to the Sweet 16 in 2003, 2010 and 2012.

Notably, Rothert has mentored 12 All-Americans, four Academic All Americans and 12 Iowa Conference MVPs and a National Defensive Player of the Year.

In 2014, Rothert was recognized for his numerous professional accomplishments with a BizTimes Rising Stars Award.

“I am looking forward to working with Denise, our student-athletes, coaches, faculty, staff, alumni and fans to make Loras a premier NCAA Division III athletic department,” said Rothert. “I am excited to be a part of the strategic operations that will allow our department to grow and evolve.”

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