MSU Denver student Sara Chen plays the trombone in her secondary instrument band class. The students practiced instruments that they just recently started playing. Photo by Alyson McClaran

6 ways to improve performance

From music to sports or anything else, here are top bets to help you better the practice … of practice

Actor Bob Ari, left, and MSU Denver head basketball coach Michael Bahl, right, on the set of The Great Leap at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts on Thursday, Feb. 1, 2018. Bob Ari "Coach Saul" spoke with coach Bahl about what it

Acting head coach: Bahl lends expertise to theater

MSU Denver coach Michael Bahl consults on basketball-themed play at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts.

Australia NBL Grand Final Kay, McCarron, Wagstaff

Ballers battle Down Under

Former Roadrunners rumble in Australia’s National Basketball League Grand Final.

A Giant opportunity

After being passed over in the MLB Draft, Roadrunners All-America catcher Matt Malkin signs as a free agent with the San Francisco Giants organization.

MSU Denver baseball and softball players pick the best baseball movies to watch since MLB

14 baseball movies to watch after the Colorado Rockies’ stay-at-home opener

Major League Baseball’s Opening Day is delayed indefinitely. Get your fix of our national pastime with these flicks picked by coaches and student-athletes on MSU Denver’s baseball and softball teams.

A look at the top ten RED stories from 2019.

Best of RED 2019

Our reporting last year stretched from the Auraria Campus to the Capitol, rural Colorado to grade-school classrooms. Here are the best and most-read stories of 2019.

Chris Mosier competing in a triathlon

Sweat equity

Transgender athlete Chris Mosier is running through barriers in international sport to achieve his dreams and clear the road for the next generation of LGBTQ athletes.

Mission Ready: Gold Crown Foundation

This nonprofit founded and run by former Denver Nuggets player and coach Bill Hanzlik prepares young people for the game of life through sports – and STEM.

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Pandemic puts MLB pitching prospect’s dream on hold

Former MSU Denver baseball standout Julian Garcia was poised for a breakout summer. Now, he’s back in Colorado training for an opportunity to take the mound again.

Spring sports are cancelled for the season due to Covid19.

Life coaches

MSU Denver's spring sports season was cut short due to COVID-19 concerns. Here's how Roadrunner coaches are helping student-athletes deal with the disappointment.

Gary Striewski in front of a SportsCenter logo

So you want to host SportsCenter?

ESPN's Gary Striewski shares his strategy for capitalizing on opportunity before it’s back-back-back ... gone.

MSU Denver alum Neil Dreher behind the scenes at the 2015 Southeast Asian Games in Singapore. Photo courtesy StageOne.

Giving the Olympics the gift of flight

As athletes strive for new heights in Pyeongchang, Neil Dreher is already an expert on the air up there.

Sport management student Brad Birling is going to the Winter Olympics in South Korea as a consumer products intern for the U.S. Olympic Committee. Photo by Alyson McClaran

Going for gold with an Olympic internship

Sport management student Brad Birling headed to Winter Olympics as an intern for the U.S. Olympic Committee.

Students of Fort Carson military families attend a Denver Nuggets game on Nov. 9, 2018 at Pepsi Center.

Watch: Fort Carson kids get an assist from basketball royalty

Bill Hanzlik's Gold Crown Foundation and MSU Denver's basketball team treat the children of military personnel to a hoop dream day.

Denver Nuggets guard Jamal Murray, 27, attempts a shot during a game against the Brooklyn Nets on Nov. 9, 2018 at Pepsi Center in Denver. Photo by John Arnold.

Advantage, altitude: exploring the largest home advantage in sports

New research shows the Mile High City towers over other towns, but which teams benefit most? What can opposing teams do about it?

Exercise science major Sandra Tran performing a deadlift at the world powerlifting championship in Minsk, Belarus in June of 2017.

Is this the strongest woman in the world?

First in the nation. A second trip to the global stage. For Sandra Tran, good things come to those who weight(lift).

Michael Bahl is the first alumnus to coach the MSU Denver men

Keep your eye on the Bahl

First alumnus head coach dishes on his path to MSU Denver and the Roadrunners’ path forward.

Stephanie Rayman, general manager of the Tivoli Tap House and director of marketing and strategy for Tivoli Brewing, serves a beer at the Tap House. Rayman is a 2009 MSU Denver graduate. Photo by John Arnold

Mixing business with education

Consumers can support students through beer, skis, coffee and baseball, thanks to creative partnerships with local businesses

Jonalyn Wittwer takes a three-point shot during a game against New Mexico Highlands University on Jan. 19, 2019 in Denver. Photo by Ed Jacobs.

Balancing basketball and biochemistry

MSU Denver Women's Basketball standout Jonalyn Wittwer is named Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference's Academic Player of the Year.

Hoop and medical-school dreams

MSU Denver Women’s Basketball standout Mariah Schroeder is named to Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference’s All-Academic basketball team for the second straight season.

Julian Garcia pitching for the Williamsport Crosscutters.

No trouble with the curve

Former MSU Denver pitcher Julian Garcia has a firm grip on life in the Philadelphia Phillies' farm system.

Wyatt Rottschafer and his classmates at The Boys School of Denver hold a yoga pose during a class in the morning.The Human Performance and Sport Program at Metropolitan State University of Denver partnered up to host a Spin-A-Thon that took place on Dec. 9. Photo by Alyson McClaran

Partnership spins two schools together

MSU Denver's sport event management class partners with sixth-graders to earn real-world experience.

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Paving the road ahead with scholarship endowment

MSU Denver Athletic Department receives gift from Rob and Molly Cohen Family Foundation.

Raquel “Rocky” Torres came to MSU Denver from City College of San Francisco to play basketball, she not only was a great student but she was a scoring machine. Photo by Alyson McClaran

Slam dunking … in life

How this injury-plagued basketballer let her heart heal the hurt.

Sports without fans: How should athletes react?

Empty arenas and ballparks present the pros with a new set of motivational and mental challenges to overcome.

The MSU Denver women

Dunks, digs and diplomas

Drive to succeed extends to classroom for record-breaking Roadrunner student-athletes.

Anthony Grant, Ph.D., director of athletics and vice-chair of the NCAA’s Minority Opportunities and Interest Committee (MOIC); Erin Hiltner, associate athletic director for student services and MSU Denver’s SWA, and Michael Bazemore, associate director of athletics and active member of the Minority Opportunities Athletic Association.

Teaming up to level the playing field

Athletics leaders discuss advocacy, representation and the difference between diversity and inclusion.

This composite photo shows Doug Laufer, MSU Denver accounting professor (left), finishing the 2013 Boston Marathon (image on the left), and one minute later the first deadly bomb blast that occurred during the marathon (image on the right; the explosion captured in the upper right corner of the photo frame). Photos: Boston Athletic Association

The man who beat the Boston Marathon

Doug Laufer finished the 2013 Boston Marathon 60 seconds before the first bomb exploded. Unbowed and optimistic, he’s heading back.

Photo by Amanda Schwengel.

Purple Heart, blue ocean

A Marine, new father and college student will attempt to become the first U.S. combat-wounded veteran to row across the Atlantic Ocean.

Taylor Duryea, right, attempts a kill during a game at the Auraria Event Center on Sept. 8, 2017.

Set for success

MSU Denver celebrates 50 years of volleyball and the groundbreaking women who made the program among the most successful in the country.

When will sports be back? Coors Field on a sunny day. Photo by Julie Strasheim

When will baseball return from COVID-19 shutdown?

America's ballparks remain empty as the nation stems the spread of coronavirus. When and how will Major League Baseball – or any professional sports – get back in the game?

Why employers love college athletes

Good news for college athletes. If your sporting heroics don’t work out, you’ll probably not struggle to find a good job.

Colorado Rockies outfielder Charlie Blackmon. Photo: Debby Wong /

Will the Rockies make the playoffs?

Psychologist Travis Heath dishes on young rosters, avoiding slumps and whether the team can make a second-half run.

Yonatan Kefle, a refugee from Eritrea in East Africa, is a member of the MSU Denver cross country team. Photo by Alyson McClaran.

Run of his life

Rising cross-country and track star Yonatan Kefle excels at MSU Denver after escaping oppressive regime in Eritrea.