“I would like to thank Brett for his time and dedication towards Marian University athletics,” commented Bartelt. “Brett helped lay down a good foundation for the ACHA hockey program after their inaugural season and his guidance has helped rebuild the men’s golf program. We wish him nothing but the best in his future endeavors.”
In his one year at Marian, Denap led the Marian ACHA hockey program to an NCHL Championship and berth into the national Division II tournament where the Sabres were eliminated in the opening round. MU finished the season 18-4-0 overall, a perfect 9-0-0 at home, and spent most of the season ranked climbing to as high as No. 5 in the regional rankings. Offensively, the Sabres averaged 5.3 goals per game scoring five or more goals in 15 games. The Sabres were just as impressive on the defensive end only allowing 43 goals, 2.0 goals per game, with five shutouts.
The golf program also saw a boost under the leadership of Denap and after the opening two rounds of the NACC Championship the Sabres held the lead by one stroke. The 2016-17 squad averaged the second lowest stroke average in program history at 79.5 and shot the 11th lowest round in Marian history with a 303 at the WLC Spring Invite, where MU edged out Lake Forest by one stroke to win the invite.
A national search is currently underway to fill the open coaching positions.