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Fall 2007

eric doyleEric Doyle '95

President, Titan Club

Eric Doyle ’95, was already a five-year Titan Club supporter before taking the reins as its president this year.

“The Titan Club is a special organization for fans that want to become a part of the Titan family,” Doyle explains. Membership is open to anyone who wishes to support UDM’s NCAA Division I Athletics Program. Titan Club members make a significant contribution to Titan Athletics by helping enhance support services for more than 200 student athletes who participate in UDM’s varsity sports. A minimum annual gift of $100 earns recognition within the Titan Club.

Currently corporate counsel at American Axle and Manufacturing, Doyle is enthusiastic about his new role as the support between alumni and Titan Athletics.

“In today’s society, I believe that intercollegiate athletics plays a vital role in the success of every university in the United States.”

Several new activities are being planned, and a golf outing was held in August. Doyle adds, ”We are in the midst of planning a brand new dinner fund raiser scheduled for this coming fall with proceeds going to support Titan athletics.”

Doyle points to his positive academic experience as a student as an impetus for his current alumni interest. “It’s important to maintain the energy, and pass the spirit along,” he says. Most of all, he adds, involvement in the Titan Club is an enjoyable and rewarding way to remain part of the University. “The athletics at UDM have always been outstanding, and I’m happy to support them,” Doyle adds. “It’s important to remember that UDM sponsors 16 NCAA Division I level varsity sports for men and women.”

Certain youthful recollections, in particular, significantly inspired Doyle’s current involvement.

“My memories of Titan athletics began when I was very young.” Doyle says. Many of the most memorable times, for Doyle, centered around the golden era of Titan basketball. “I remember my father taking me to Titan basketball games as a child when Dick Vitale was coach.” Doyle watched John Long and Terry Tyler, the basketball duo nicknamed “Thunder & Lightning,” play at Calihan Hall before they went on to fame with the Detroit Pistons. Additionally, Doyle saw the famed Terry Duerod, also known as “Sweet Due,” who played in the Titans’ heyday before starring for the Boston Celtics.

“Other spectacular events I was lucky enough to see included watching a telecast of the Titans competing against Lamar University in the NCAA tournament,” Doyle says. “Now, with UDM hosting the NCAA Final Four in 2009, it is an especially fine time to support our school.”

The importance of alumni involvement can’t be underestimated, according to Doyle. “An active and supportive alumni base anchors all strong and proud universities,” Doyle says. “There are numerous benefits to membership, and participation in the Titan Club can take place at two levels—Captain and Varsity.”  Captain level involves a donation between $500 and $1,000, while Varsity requires a contribution between $100 and $499. Donors at the Titan Club Captain level receive all of the benefits of the Varsity level membership and may use Calihan Hall’s athletic facilities. Captain level members are also invited to the Men’s Basketball Tip-Off party and receive a complimentary meal at the Annual Titan Club Dinner.

In addition, Captain level members receive the Men’s and Women’s Basketball Media Guides each season and a Titan Club sweater. Other benefits include an annual Titan Club membership card, which grants the holder access to the Titan Club Room during Men’s Basketball home games. Varsity level members are also invited to attend Roundball Luncheons, the Annual Titan Club Golf Outing and the Annual Titan Club Dinner.

In particular, Doyle has one accomplishment that stands out during his tenure with the Titan Club. “ I am really proud of the ‘Spread the RED’ campaign,” he says. “All alumni are encouraged to support the Titans by wearing RED to home competitions. I’m hopeful that this, combined with a stronger Titan athletic program, will increase awareness of UDM to future students, and encourage more alumni participation and support.”