DURHAM – Duke University’s athletics department has released its 2020-21 annual report, which details the intrigues, moments and achievements of another outstanding year for the Blue Devils.
Check out some of the highlights below:
• Duke ended 2020-2021 with seven conference championships, tying the school record for most in a school year and leading all ACC institutions. Duke’s seven titles have come in baseball, softball, women’s outdoor track and field, men’s and women’s fencing, women’s golf and men’s lacrosse. The Blue Devils ended the year as the ACC leader for tag team titles, three ahead of North Carolina and Florida State, who have each captured four. The Blue Devils’ seven titles also tied the school’s record for the most part in an academic year initially set in 2000-01.
• Nina King was named Duke’s vice president and athletic director. she succeeds Kevin Blanc, who is retiring after 13 years with Duke on September 1. Among the Power 5 institutions, King joins Candice Storey Lee of Vanderbilt and Carla Williams of Virginia as black women AD. She is the first woman to hold the position at Duke.
• Hall of Fame Head Men’s Basketball Coach Mike Krzyzewski, who has worked at Duke for 41 years, announced in June that the upcoming season would be his final year as a coach. The Blue Devils have also named Coach K’s successor, Jon scheyer, who was a Duke Basketball captain, helped lead the program through to the 2010 NCAA Championship and is currently the team’s associate head coach.
• Duke posted a 98% Graduation Pass Rate (GSR). The GSR is based on student-athletes who entered college as freshmen in 2010-2013 and allows for the withdrawal of those in the cohort who left Duke with good academic results. Nationally, Duke, Notre Dame and Northwestern are tied for the top Power 5 institutions with their GSR of 98%. A total of 17 Duke teams achieved a 100% GSR for the 2010-2013 period: baseball, men’s basketball, women’s basketball, cross-country / men’s track, cross-country / women’s track, men’s fencing, women’s fencing, field hockey turf, men’s golf, women’s golf, women’s lacrosse, rowing, men’s soccer, women’s soccer, men’s tennis, women’s tennis and volleyball.
• Nationally, the Duke football program is tied with Northwestern among FBS schools with its rate of 97%. Within the ACC, Duke’s 97 percent rate was the highest and one of four schools in the 90 percent range. In men’s basketball, Duke is tied for the top of the national standings with his GSR rate of 100%.
• Duke had four players selected in the 2020 NFL Draft as Michael carter ii, Victor Dimukeje, Noah Gray and Chris rumph ii were among the recruits during the three-day event. The four Blue Devils chosen were the most since four picks in 1973. Duke’s four picks in 2021 also set a program record for most selections in the first seven rounds.
• Senior athlete in track and field Erin Marsh set the program record in the pentathlon and won bronze at the NCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships. She is the first Duke track athlete to win an NCAA Championship medal since 2016.
• Duke placed an ACC record of 618 student-athletes on the 2020-21 ACC Academic Honor Roll. Duke has led the conference in the CCA Honor Roll selections for 33 of the past 34 years. Among the 618, there were six CCA Honor Roll selections, Turner Uppgren of men’s lacrosse. Duke won the award to 14 student-athletes for the fifth time in their careers. The Honor Roll is made up of college student-athletes who have achieved a GPA of 3.0 or better for the entire academic year.
• The Atlantic Coast Conference and its Board of Trustees announced in July that the President of Duke University Vincent Price will act as chairman of the league’s board of directors. He will hold this position for the next two academic years.
• Second year of women’s football Emmy duerr, second year of field hockey Josie varney and the Duke softball team all won the ACC Top Six for Service award for their efforts within the Duke community during this difficult year.
• Five Blue Devil fencers won the ACC Fencer of the Year award for their weapons. Huda Aldada (Sword), Alex gorman (Saber) and Zoe Superville (Foil) each won the honor on the female side, while Finn hossfeld (Flower) and Stephen kim (Saber) took top honors for the men. Head Fencing Coach Duke Alex Beguinet was named the CCA Women’s Fencing Coach of the Year.
• Along with Beguinet, Duke had two other coaches who won ACC Coach of the Year honors in their respective sports – Dan Brooks (women’s golf) and Shawn wilbourn (female outdoor athletics)
• Three Blue Devils were named CoSIDA Academic All-Americans – Brittany Aveni (female athletics), Delaney graham (women’s football), Finn hossfeld (men’s fencing).
• A total of 16 people with connections to Duke – either coaches, former student-athletes or alumni of Duke – competed in nine sports in seven countries at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics to score the most of Blue Devils appearing in a single Olympic competition. Gold medals went to Quinn from the Canadian women’s soccer team, former basketball stars Jayson tatum and Chelsea Gray of the US men’s and women’s basketball teams, while women’s basketball coach Duke Kara lawson led the US women’s 3×3 basketball to gold.
• Duke had four student-athletes who won graduate scholarships. Rakavius rooms (Soccer), Meible Chi (women’s tennis) and Caroline Olsen (rowing) each has been named the recipient of the Weaver-James-Corrigan Award. Michel rothenberg (baseball) was an honorary selection.
• Senior Gina Kim was named the CCA Women’s College Athlete of the Year for her outstanding season on and off the course. She became the sixth different Blue Devil to win this honor.
• Men’s basketball creative content team Duke won a Sports Video Group award for the third year in a row, with the program’s popular series, Duke Blue Planet, being named the Outstanding Program Series in College Athletics for the second time in three years. The Duke Blue Planet series, which also received the same SVG award in its first season in 2019, each year features the Blue Devils with exclusive and authentic content.
DUC IN FIGURES IN 2020-21
7 ACC team titles
53 Honors from all over America
1 CCA Fellowship Athlete of the Year
17 Teams achieved 100% GSR
93 All accolades from the ACC
37 NCAA Individual Qualifiers
3 CCA Coach of the Year Award
7 ACC Individual Laureates
3 CoSIDA Academic All-Americans
ten Individual ACC titles
4 Graduate scholarship recipients