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UDM Student Athletes Record Highest Graduation Rate in State
University of Detroit Mercy student-athletes have once again received high marks in the annual Graduation Success Rate (GSR) figures released by the NCAA. For the second-straight year the school boasts the highest rate in the State of Michigan (88) among the schools that offer athletic programs at the Division I level. The Titans also had six teams with perfect GSR scores. Overall, the numbers show that Division I student-athletes continue to perform well in the classroom, and more of them are graduating.
Director of Athletics named
UDM has named Robert C. Vowels as Director of Athletics. With more than 23 years of intercollegiate athletics experience, Vowels was most recently vice president of Membership and Student-Athlete Affairs at the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). See UDM news release.
Detroit Titans Postseason Highlight
The 2013 Titans made four postseason appearances (two NCAA appearances), three conference players of the year, two conference championships, one All-American, and the unique status of being among the nation's best Division I-AAA schools. During the 2012-13 season only four of the 32 Division I universities that all compete in men's and women's basketball, men's lacrosse and women's golf reached the postseason. Detroit was the only DI-AAA member in the group, which included three powerhouse programs, Duke, North Carolina and Notre Dame, all of which will be in the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) in 2013-14.
Titans Basketball Champions
The Detroit Titans women's basketball team made 2013 a championship season by winning the Women's Basketball Invitational (WBI) tournament, March 30. It was the first post-season tournament win for Titans women's basketball since 1981. Video highlights, photos and details on the championship game are posted on DetroitTitans.com. See more photos on the UDM photo gallery.
Also, Doug Anderson of the men's basketball team won the Denny's Slam Dunk Championship on April 4, as part of the State Farm College Slam Dunk & Three-Point Championships on ESPN. Read the story.
Detroit Titans Men’s Lacrosse 2013 MAAC Champions
The Detroit men’s lacrosse team won its first-ever MAAC Championship in 2013, defeating top-seeded Marist, 7-6, and third-seeded Siena, 11-10 in overtime, to make the NCAA Championship, where the Titans faced No. 2 Notre Dame in the first round.
Detroit Women’s Golf Team Tied For NCAA Record
The 2012-13 Detroit women’s golf team played in 12 tournaments in the season and nine times - 75% - was the winning team, which is tied for the NCAA record that was set by Arizona in 1999-00. Detroit had just nine tournament titles in its history coming into the year and matched that in one season.
Detroit Men's Golf Team Wins Most Horizon League Championships
The Detroit men's golf team has won seven Horizon League championships, the most by any members past or present.
Lacrosse Magazine Highlights Detroit Titans Lacrosse
University of Detroit Mercy had both its men's and women's lacrosse teams featured in the November issue of Lacrosse Magazine. Senior Troy Dennis, and junior Mike Birney of the men's lacrosse team, and sophomore Kylie Birney of the UDM women's lacrosse team, Mike's sister, were featured in the issue.
Michigan Emmy Given to Detroit Titans Court Report
Over the last three years, the Detroit Titans Court Report has profiled and followed the University of Detroit Mercy men's basketball team from the start of the season all the way through its postseason achievements. For its extraordinary programming last year, the series on FOX Sports Detroit won another Michigan Emmy for Outstanding Documentary (Historical) for the season’s first episode, Legends & Traditions.