Associate AD Denise Udelhofen ('90) reflects on her Loras experiences
Thu, Apr. 11, 2013 - [Women's Golf]

Class of 1990

Major: Sports Management

Class of 1992

Masters: Athletic Administration

Sports: Golf and Softball 

Golf – 3x IIAC All Conference, runner up medalist in 1987

Qualified as a team all fours years for NGCA National Championships


2x IIAC Coach of the Year in women's golf (2005, 2007)

IIAC coach of the year in men's golf (2005)

Loras Volleyball Head Coach, 1991-98, program best 150 wins


Former professor, Department of Physical Education

Student-Athlete Advisory Committee – Coordinator

NCAA Division III Men's Golf – National Committee Member


There isn't much current Associate Director of Athletics Denise Udelhofen (Bodensteiner) hasn't done on campus since she arrived from Fredericksburg, Iowa in the late 1980s. She was a two-sport athlete, coached multiple teams (men's/women's golf, volleyball) well enough to be the volleyball program's all-time leader in wins and garner IIAC Coach of the Year honors in golf. She now serves on the national golf committee and oversees Loras' influential Student-Athlete Advisory Committee.


Earlier this week, Pete Weber told us Denise's support was an important part of his time as a Duhawk. Now, she weighs in from multiple perspectives on what NCAA Division III means to her.



Reflecting on my college athletic career I feel that "Discover" is a perfect motto for a first year student athlete but one that also follows you through your career.  I was able to discover what it meant to work within a team immediately.  At the beginning, all of your teammates were from different backgrounds and abilities so one had to figure out how to mesh as a team to be successful.  Each year as you progress through your four years you meet new first year students and were excited to see the team grow and work together.   As a coach you are constantly encouraging and striving for student athletes to discover new friends, teammates, and learn to get everyone working towards the same goal.



I was able to develop my personality as a student athlete.  The four years of college are the most frustrating, rewarding and exciting as you figure out what you want to be when you "grow up".  Loras was the right place for me to do that.  The faculty and staff do a fabulous job of pushing, encouraging and challenging you to do things you haven't done before and didn't even know you could.  As I progressed through my four years I realized I want to help student-athletes to reach their full potential and found athletics is the perfect avenue to achieve that.



We all know that student athletes have to have a special dedication to make academics and athletics work.  I love the fact that athletics teaches people about leadership, teamwork, hard work, perseverance and fun.  DIII is the level I enjoy and have been in all of my life.  I think DIII is the division that develops the "whole" person and enables people to experience more campus activities/atmosphere and gain a valuable academic background along with the love of competing in his/her sport.  


Loras College as a NCAA DIII institution was the perfect place for me and I value all the relationships and experiences I was able to gain as a student-athlete, coach, instructor and now administrator.


Go Duhawks!


*Loras, as a Catholic liberal arts college, creates a community of active learners, reflective thinkers, ethical decision-makers, and responsible contributors in diverse professional, social, and religious roles.*