Loras College Vice President of Student Development Dr. Arthur Sunleaf announced Wednesday that Interim Director of Athletics Denise (Bodensteiner) Udelhofen (’90, MA ’92) has been named the next director of athletics at Loras College. In addition, Head Men’s and Women’s Soccer Coach Dan Rothert (’96, MA ’99) has been promoted to associate athletic director.
In her new role as director of athletics, Udelhofen will plan, evaluate and implement all athletic long-range goals and activities in addition to overseeing the management of: Loras’ 23 athletic programs; staff and professional development; budgets and fundraising; and department buildings and grounds. In addition, Udelhofen will direct campus and National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) hosted athletic events, represent the College at NCAA and Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (IIAC) meetings and manage NCAA and IIAC compliance.
“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 Athletic Department. Most recently, Udelhofen served as the interim director of athletics for the past 10 months. Before taking on the role of interim director of Loras College Athletics, Udelhofen served as the associate director of athletics and senior women’s administrator for two years. Previously, she was the head golf coach and led both the men’s and women’s programs to the upper division of the Iowa Conference including numerous all-league performers. 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. 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. 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,” Udelhofen said. “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 where they have had 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 with 11 NCAA appearances highlighted by runs to the Sweet 16 in 2003, 2010 and 2012. Notably, Rothert has mentored twelve All Americans, four Academic All Americans and 12 Iowa Conference MVPs and a National Defensive Player of the Year.
Rothert holds the highest soccer coaching licenses attainable. He has obtained the USSF “A” License, the NSCAA Premier Diploma, the NSCAA Goalkeeper National Diploma and U.S. Soccer’s National Youth License and served on the NCAA Men’s Soccer Committee for the 2010-2012 seasons, including a season as chair of that committee in 2012. 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.”