Duquesne Dukes
UniversityDuquesne University
ConferenceAtlantic 10 Conference (primary)
Northeast Conference (football, women’s bowling)
NCATA (acrobatics and tumbling)
NCAADivision I (FCS)
Athletic directorDave Harper
LocationPittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Varsity teams17
Football stadiumArthur J. Rooney Athletic Field
Basketball arenaUPMC Cooper Fieldhouse
Fight song"The Victory Song (Red and Blue)"
ColorsRed and blue[1]

The Duquesne Dukes are the athletic teams of Duquesne University of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.[2] The Dukes compete in Division I of the National Collegiate Athletic Association as members of the Atlantic 10 Conference. Football and bowling, however, compete in the Northeast Conference.

Sports sponsored

Men's sports Women's sports
Basketball Basketball
Cross country Bowling
Football Cross country
Soccer Lacrosse
Tennis Rowing
Track and field Soccer
Swimming and diving
Track and field
† – Track and field includes both indoor and outdoor

A member of the Atlantic 10 Conference, Duquesne University sponsors teams in six men's and eleven women's NCAA sanctioned sports.[3] The football and bowling teams compete as associate members of the Northeast Conference.


Main articles: Duquesne Dukes men's basketball and Duquesne Dukes women's basketball

The Dukes men's basketball team has had great success over the years, playing twice in national championship games in the 1950s and winning the National Invitation Tournament championship in 1955. The men's basketball Dukes annually play their cross-town rival, the University of Pittsburgh Panthers, in Pittsburgh's much anticipated and highly attended City Game. The current head coach is Keith Dambrot, who was hired in the spring of 2017.[4]

The Dukes women's basketball team also plays the University of Pittsburgh every year in the women's version of the City Game.

Fictional portrayals

A Duquesne Dukes men's basketball player's heart ailment serves as the major plot device for the pilot episode of Pittsburgh-based CBS medical drama Three Rivers.


Main article: Duquesne Dukes football

Duquesne has played football as a club team from 1891 to 1894, 1896 to 1903, 1913 to 1914, and 1920 to 1928, in the NCAA Division I Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) from 1929 to 1942 and 1947 to 1950, again as a club team from 1969 to 1978, in NCAA Division III from 1979 to 1992, and in the NCAA Division I Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) from 1993–present. The Dukes have won or shared 16 conference championships in the past 26 years.

Other varsity sports

Duquesne's wrestling squad was a relatively successful NCAA Division I team that competed as an Independent. The Dukes wrestlers won two NCAA Division I East Regional Championships (2000 and 2005) and sent at least one wrestler to the NCAA Championships every year during John Hartupee's 11 seasons as head coach. The wrestling program eventually disbanded for a variety of reasons.

Duquesne fielded an NCAA varsity rifle team for many years (a coed sport). This team competed in the Middle Atlantic Rifle Conference, claiming a share of the conference title in the 2001–02 season. The team officially disbanded after the 2003–04 season.

In the fall 2012 semester, Duquesne's women's rowing team, for the first time, took first place in the varsity eight event at the Head of the Ohio, held in Pittsburgh.

Atlantic 10 Championships

Atlantic 10 Conference logo in Duquesne's colors
Atlantic 10 Conference logo in Duquesne's colors

Duquesne's first postseason/"full" Atlantic 10 team championship came in 1977 with a men's title in the Eastern Collegiate Basketball League (the forerunner to the Eastern Athletic Association—now known as the Atlantic 10 Conference). The Dukes have also won Atlantic 10 team championships in men's cross country (2005), women's cross country (2013, 2014 and 2020–21), women's volleyball (2013), women's soccer (2015) and women's swimming & diving (2018 and 2019). In addition, Duquesne has won numerous regular-season Atlantic 10 team championships. Men's basketball was co-champion of the league's regular seasons in 1980 and 1981 when it was known as the Eastern Athletic Association. Women's basketball was co-champion of the league's regular season in 2016. Men's soccer was co-champion of the league's regular season in 2003, sole champion in 2004 and again co-champion in 2005. Women's lacrosse was co-champion of the league's regular seasons in 2004 and 2005, and women's volleyball won an Atlantic 10 regular-season title in 2013.

The Dukes have also crowned postseason/"full" Atlantic 10 individual champions in men's cross country (2), women's rowing (8), swimming & diving [23 (men), 39 (women)], women’s indoor track & field (26) and outdoor track & field [29 (men), 25 (women)].

Postseason/"full" (161)

Team (9)

Men's Basketball (1)

Men's Cross Country (1)

Women's Cross Country (3)

Women's Volleyball (1)

Women's Soccer (1)

Women's Swimming & Diving (2)

Individual (152)

Men's Cross Country (2)

Women's Rowing (8)

Men's Swimming & Diving (23)

Women's Swimming & Diving (39)

Women's Indoor Track & Field (26)

Men's Outdoor Track & Field (29)

^ Bodden and Healy are the only athletes in school history to have won a MAAC/NEC football title (team) and an Atlantic 10 title of any kind (team or individual). They are also believed to be the only athletes in school history to have won conference championships in multiple sports (excluding cross country and track & field combinations) or even to have been first-team all-conference in multiple sports (again, excluding XC-TF combos).

Women's Outdoor Track & Field (25)

Regular Season (9)

Team (9)

Men's Basketball (2)

Women's Basketball (1)

Men's Soccer (3)

Women's Lacrosse (2)

Women's Volleyball (1)

MAAC and NEC Football Conference Championships

Year Conference Coach Overall Record Conference Record
1995 MAAC Greg Gattuso 10–1 7–0
1996 8–0
1999 8–3 7–1
2000 10–1 7–0
2001 8–3 6–0
2002 11–1 8–0
2003 8–3 5–0
2004 7–3 4–0
2005 Jerry Schmitt
2006 MAAC (Co-Championship) 3–1
2007 6–4 2–1
2011 NEC (Co-Championship) 9–2 7–1
2013 7–4 4–2
2015 NEC 8–4 5–1
2016 NEC (Co-Championship) 8–3
2018 9–4
Total conference championships 16

Club sports

McCloskey Field, remodeled in 2012, is bordered by a four-lane track. This, however, is an outdated photo.
McCloskey Field, remodeled in 2012, is bordered by a four-lane track. This, however, is an outdated photo.

Duquesne fields many club, or non-varsity, teams that compete regularly against other schools. Club sports offered at Duquesne are men's ice hockey, indoor track & field, tennis, lacrosse and roller hockey.

The men's ice hockey team is affiliated with the Division I level of the American Collegiate Hockey Association, competing in the College Hockey Mid-America conference. The team was CHMA champions during the 2006–07 and 2008–09 seasons. They participated in the national ACHA tournament in 2004–05, 2005–06 and 2008–09, finishing eighth in the country in 2006. Duquesne will field a Division III team for the 2021-22 season, joining College Hockey East.

The men's indoor track & field program practices and competes alongside Duquesne's varsity women's indoor track & field program during the winter months and is affiliated with the Intercollegiate Association of Amateur Athletes of America. The men's team is recognized as varsity during the spring months when it becomes an outdoor track & field program and competes in the Atlantic 10, though it maintains its affiliation with the IC4A.

The Duquesne club tennis team is a part of the United States Tennis Association's Tennis on Campus program.


The "Dukes" nickname dates back to 1911, when what is now Duquesne University changed its name to honor the Marquis Du Quesne, the French governor of Canada, who first brought Catholic observances to the Pittsburgh area.

Since a Marquis and a Duke are not visually distinct (and the name "Duquesne" implies a "Duke"), the unofficial symbol of the school's athletic teams became a man dressed in a top hat, tails and a regal sash across his chest. "Dukes" being more readily recognized than "Marquis," the name Duke was popularly assigned to the symbol and stuck ever since the fall of 1911.

The Duquesne Dukes' "Duke" mascot, unveiled in 2003.
The Duquesne Dukes' "Duke" mascot, unveiled in 2003.

The Duquesne Department of Athletics unveiled its most notable "Duke" mascot prior to the January 18, 2003 game against the University of Richmond. The Duke is 7-feet tall with an oversized head and sports a dapper navy blue suit with red piping, a red shirt with a red bow tie, and red gloves, with a black top hat. The new Duke replaces "Duke the Bear" who was a fixture at DU athletic events since 1996.

At the December 13, 2008 game versus West Virginia, Duquesne introduced its new human-figure mascot to replace the 7-foot-tall (2.1 m) character mascot. The mascot traditionally sports its black jacket with coat-tails and overbearing top-hat.

Before the 2010 City Game vs the Pittsburgh Panthers, Duquesne introduced the new character mascot at an annual alumni event.

On January 13, 2021, Duquesne Athletics revealed a new representation of the Duke on social media. The new logo, stylized similarly to the Duquesne “D” athletics logo is a geometric lion’s head wearing a top hat. The lion insignia is present in the seal of Duquesne University and is a new direction and interpretation of the Duke itself.

Duquesne's school colors of red and blue, the colors of the Holy Ghost Fathers, have been in place since the school's inception.[5]

University fight song

The Victory Song (Red and Blue) was written in 1926. Words and music were composed by Father Thomas J. Quigley (class of 1927).[6]


  1. ^ "Duquesne Athletics Visual Identity Guidelines" (PDF). October 18, 2022. Retrieved December 5, 2022.
  2. ^ "Duquesne University – Pittsburgh, PA | Duquesne University". www.duq.edu. Retrieved 2016-04-13.
  3. ^ "Duquesne Dukes". CBS Interactive. Retrieved 14 January 2018.
  4. ^ "Keith Dambrot to join Duquesne University as head coach - Pittsburgh Business Times". Archived from the original on 2017-04-01.
  5. ^ "Why Dukes?". Official Athletic Site. Duquesne University. Archived from the original on June 29, 2012. Retrieved 2007-10-15.
  6. ^ "The Duquesne University Fight Song". Official Athletic Site. Duquesne University. Retrieved 2007-10-15.