Our Staff

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Rodney Billups

Head Coach

Rodney Billups will enter his second season with the University of Denver men's basketball team in 2017-18. 

In his debut season in 2016-17, the former Pioneer standout led the Pioneers to a 16-14 record, including a record of 8-8 in the Summit League. The eight league wins tied the most the program has had in league play since joining the league back in 2013.

Billups brought a new type of style to Denver which resulted in DU aveaging a 75.8 points per contest, the most it has since going Division I back in 1998.

The Crimson and Gold also continued to show its outside touch under the first-year coach, finishing second in the Summit League in 3-point percentage at 40.2, which also was good for 13th in all of the NCAA.

Under Billups, the Pioneers showed huge improvement on the glass, finishing second in the Summit League in rebounding margin at plus-4.2.

Both Joe Rosga and Daniel Amigo saw their respective games reach new heights during the 2016-17 campaign under Billups, with both posting career highs in numerous statistical categories. Amigo's breakout year resulted in a second-team All-Summit League selection, while Rosga got honorable mention for a second straight season. 

Billups comes to Denver after spending six seasons on Tad Boyle’s staff at the University of Colorado.

During his first two years (2010-12) in Boulder, Billups was the director of basketball operations where he was an integral part of the behind-of-the-scenes success of back-to-back school-bests 24-win campaigns with travel, scheduling, and the day-to-day operations of the program.

When he was promoted to the coaching staff as an assistant coach prior to the 2012-13 season, the Buffaloes didn’t skip a beat. Billups continued CU’s excellence enjoying their finest seasons with a 21-win campaign in 2012-13, and another 23 victories in 2013-14, the third-most victories in school history.

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Dwight Thorne II

Director of Basketball Operations

Dwight Thorne enters his second year as Director of Basketball Operations for the University of Denver in 2017-18. 

Thorne helped organize the day-to-day activities for the Pioneers in 2016-17 as well as handle all travel, food and hotel arrangements needed throughout the season.

Thorne played college basketball at the University of Colorado and graduated with a degree in marketing in 2010. He spent last season at Georgia Tech as a graduate assistant.

The Yellow Jackets finished the 2015-16 with a 21-15 record and a quarterfinal appearance in the National Invitation Tournament.

The Texas native assists with administrative needs, film exchange, coordinating team’s video needs and managing the men’s basketball budget.  

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Steve Snell

Steve Snell will enter his second season as men's basketball assistant coach in 2017-18 at Denver.

Snell was a key part in the Pioneers success on the floor in 2016-17, which resulted in the team posting a 16-14 record and going 8-8 in Summit League play. The eight league wins were the most by the team since joining the league back in 2013.

He also assisted in the development of a high-paced offense that led to DU scoring 75.8 points per contest in 2016-17, the most by the team since going up to Division I back in 1998.

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Ricardo Patton

Ricardo Patton enters his second season with the University of Denver men's basketball team in 2017-18.

In his first year with the Pioneers, Patton helped guide the team to a 16-14 record, including an 8-8 mark in the Summit League.

Patton assisted with the transition to a fast-paced style of play, resulting in DU averaging 75.8 points per game, the most in a season since going to Division I back in 1998.

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Zach Ruebesam

Zach Ruebesam enters his second season with Denver as a graduate manager in 2017-18. 

Ruebesam helped with editing film, arranging practice plans, getting food on the road and numerous other activities for Coach Billups and his staff in 2016-17. He also assisted with putting together scouting plans against the opposition. 

Prior to DU, Ruebesam spent four seasons with Coach Billups as a student manager at the University of Colorado under Tad Boyle. He was promoted to head student manager his final three seasons. 

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Dan Ficke

Assistant Coach / Camp Director

Dan Ficke (Denver, Colo.) will enter his third season as men's basketball assistant coach in 2017-18. Ficke came to Denver after spending time at both Loyola University Maryland and Wake Forest University. 


In 2016-17, Ficke helped the Pioneers excel in transitioning from a slow-paced team to a up-tempo squad that averaged 75.8 points per game, the most by the team since jumping up to Division I back in 1998.

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