Peg Bradley-Doppes has guided the Denver Pioneers to five NCAA Championships, five NCAA I-AAA Directors' Cups, 60 conference titles, 44 coach of the year honors and numerous national rankings since being appointed the University's 12th Director of Athletics and Recreation on March 28, 2005.
A 33-year veteran of NCAA Division I programs where she served as a head coach for 11 years and an athletics' administrator for 22 years, Bradley-Doppes served as Director of Athletics and Recreation at DU her first season prior to being promoted to Vice Chancellor of Athletics and Recreation and Ritchie Center Operations in July of 2006.
An energetic leader of collegiate athletics as a student-athlete, head coach and athletic director, Bradley-Doppes is recognized nationally as one of the nation's most effective athletic administrators. Her career in intercollegiate athletics spans several universities whose NCAA Division I programs competed successfully in several conferences. Bradley-Doppes' 18 years of NCAA committee service includes Management Council, Division I Women's Basketball, the Committee on Women's Athletics, Division I Volleyball, Division I-AAA, Peer Review Team, Olympic Sports Liaison Committee, NACDA Treasurer and Executive Committee, and the prestigious NCAA Division I Leadership Council. Most recently, she was named the president of the ADA I-AAA Executive Committee for the 2013-14 season after serving as second vice president the season prior.
Bradley-Doppes took over a Pioneer program that has developed rapidly since moving to NCAA Division I in 1998-99, and currently fields 17 intercollegiate sports programs with over 300 student-athletes in five conferences.
Capturing its fifth Director's Cup in six seasons, Bradley-Doppes started the 2012-13 season by accepting a bid to join The Summit League for 11-of-19 championship sports. The Pioneers finished the season sending eight teams as well as four individuals to NCAA postseason competition. Denver also captured two conference championships and seven regular season conference titles.
Bradley-Doppes was named West Region Under Armour AD of the Year in 2012 after Denver captured four conference championships and sent six teams and one individual to NCAA postseason action. The Pioneers' claimed one individual NCAA title and nine Pioneers earned All-America honors. Denver finished No. 85 in the I-AAA Directors' Cup and finished first among Sun Belt Conference school for the fifth straight year. The Pioneers concluded play in the SBC by capturing their 11th Graduation Rate Award.
The Pioneers' fourth consecutive I-AAA Directors' Cup and acceptance into the Western Athletic Conference beginning in 2012-13 and National Collegiate Hockey Conference in 2013-14 highlighted the 2010-11 season. DU sent nine teams and three individuals to NCAA postseason competition as the Pioneers captured eight conference championships. The Pioneers' season included three individual skiing titles and the men's lacrosse program gained national attention with its NCAA Final Four appearance and two ECAC championships. The Pioneers landed eight All-America honors and captured their 10th Sun Belt Conference Graduation Award. DU ranked No. 54 overall in the Directors' Cup and No. 1 among all I-AAA, Sun Belt Conference and Front Range institutions for the fourth consecutive year.
Denver's third consecutive and record 21st NCAA Skiing Championship highlighted the 2009-10 DU athletic season. The Pioneers sent eight teams as well as individuals from four sports programs to NCAA Tournaments. Denver garnered three individual skiing titles, claimed four conference championships and 11 student-athletes were named All-Americans. DU ranked No. 65 in the Learfield Sports Directors' Cup and No. 1 among all I-AAA, Sun Belt Conference and Front Range institutions for the third consecutive year.
In 2008-09, Denver captured its 20th NCAA Skiing Championship and two individual national skiing titles. In addition, the Pioneers sent 11 teams to NCAA Tournament competition and eight student-athletes earned All-America honors. DU captured its ninth consecutive Sun Belt Conference Graduation Award and nine coaches earned Coach of the Year accolades. DU ranked No. 54 in the Learfield Sports Directors' Cup and No. 1 among all I-AAA, Sun Belt Conference and Front Range institutions.
In 2007-08, the Pioneers sent a record 12 teams to NCAA Tournaments, highlighted by the skiing teams' 19th NCAA National Championship and one student-athlete claiming two individual national skiing titles. The Pioneers added six conference championships, while capturing their eighth consecutive Sun Belt Conference Graduation Award. The Pioneers finished a school-best No. 47 in the U.S. Sports Academy Directors' Cup and ranked No. 1 among all I-AAA, Sun Belt Conference and Front Range institutions. Eight coaches earned Coach of the Year accolades. For her efforts, Bradley-Doppes was named AstroTurf AD of the Year by NACDA.
In 2006-07, DU sent six teams to NCAA Tournaments and two student-athletes combined for three individual national titles. The Pioneers added two conference championships, while capturing their seventh consecutive Sun Belt Conference Graduation Award. Nine coaches earned Coach of the Year accolades during Bradley-Doppes' second year at DU.
Under Bradley-Doppes' guidance in 2005-06, the Pioneers sent four teams and three individuals to NCAA Tournaments. DU added three conference championships and captured the SBC Graduation Award for the sixth consecutive season. In 2004-05, the Pioneers won their seventh national championship in men's ice hockey and 18th national championship in skiing. The Pioneers also added five conference titles and two individual national titles. Teams and individual athletes made seven NCAA appearances.
While Bradley-Doppes was director of athletics at the University of North Carolina Wilmington (UNCW) from 1999 to 2004, USA Today and the NCAA ranked the Seahawks first in the nation for student-athlete graduation rates. UNCW ranked first or second in the state system for graduation rates from 1998-2005, including a top-of-the-list standing in 2002-03.
Bradley-Doppes helped the Seahawks capture 12 conference championships, advance to postseason competition regularly, excel in the classroom and implement an unprecedented endowed scholarship program to ensure the program's future. In addition, Bradley-Doppes laid the foundation for UNCW's future by spearheading the construction of a new athletic office building, a press box at Boseman Softball Field and a comprehensive sports medicine complex. Bradley-Doppes orchestrated an ambitious endowment campaign for athletic scholarships and oversaw a total renovation of UNCW's strength and conditioning center. Bradley-Doppes joined the UNCW family following a successful stint at the University of Michigan, where she served as senior associate athletic director and senior women's administrator, overseeing 130 employees and managing a budget of $20 million. Her administrative responsibilities at UNCW and Michigan included direct supervision of coaches, strategic planning, policy development, budget management, recruiting and training personnel, academic achievement and scholarships, sports information and sports marketing, fund-raising and corporate sponsorships.
As a successful volleyball head coach at the University of Michigan (1990-91), University of North Carolina (1984-90) and Miami University (1979-83), Bradley-Doppes compiled a 304-144 (.679) overall record with four conference championships and three Coach of the Year honors (1980, 1983 and 1989). Her teams made four NCAA Tournament appearances and she remains the youngest coach in any sport to achieve 300 Division I victories.
In July of 2004, Bradley-Doppes was named the General Robert R. Neyland Outstanding Athletic Director by the All-American Football Foundation, and in October the National Association of Collegiate Women Athletics Administrators named her Administrator of the Year in Division I-AAA (non-football programs). She has delivered keynote speeches at several national conventions and seminars. She has testified before the U.S. Senate, NACWAA/USOC Hers Institute, the Paige Commission and the Knight Foundation Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics in Washington, D.C., as well as the Commission on Opportunity in Athletics, a blue-ribbon group established by the U.S. Department of Education to study Title IX. Bradley-Doppes was inducted into the prestigious Cradle of Coaches Association at Miami (2003) and participated in the inaugural Women's Coaches Academy in 2002.
The Cincinnati, Ohio, native received her Bachelor's Degree in health and physical education from the College of Mount St. Joseph in 1979, and completed her Master's Degree in health and physical education from Miami (Ohio) in 1981. She was the first inductee into her high school's athletic Hall of Fame at St. Ursula High School in Cincinnati and received the Distinguished Alumni Award from Mount St. Joseph College.
She and her husband, Gary, and son, Conor (8), reside in Denver.
The Peg Bradley-Doppes File
Member of NCAA Leadership Council.
Member of NCAA's Woman-of-the-Year and Post-Graduate Scholarship Committee.
Member of the NCAA Division I-AAA Executive Board (2nd Vice President).
Member of the NACDA Executive Board and former member of NCAA Management Council.
Former member of Colonial Athletic Association's Executive Committee and Expansion Committee.
Testified before the U.S. Senate, the NCAA Title IX Commission Hearings and the Knight Commission.
Served as president and on the Board of Directors of the National Association of Collegiate Women's Athletic Administrators (NACWAA).
Helped develop the NACWAA National Convention, NCAA/NACWAA Coaches Academy and NACWAA/HERS Program.
Recipient of the General Robert R. Neyland Outstanding Athletic Director Award by the All-American Football Foundation in August, 2004.
Inducted into Miami of Ohio's "Cradle of Coaches" society on Feb. 15, 2003.
Honored as the National Association of Collegiate Women Athletics Administrators (NACWAA) Division I-AAA Administrator of the Year on Oct. 11, 2004.
Named AstroTurf AD of the Year by NACDA in 2008.
Named West Region Under Armour AD of the Year in 2012.