April 20, 2017
PITTSBURGH - Director of Athletics Dave Harper announced today that Nike will be the official apparel provider and BSN SPORTS the official distributor for the Department of Athletics beginning with the fall sports season.
The seven-year partnership includes head-to-toe outfitting of over 430 student-athletes and staff across Duquesne's 17 varsity sports.
"We are extremely excited and blessed to be partnering with Nike this coming fall," said Harper. "Nike provides a comprehensive support platform to help our student-athletes and coaches as they strive to compete for championships. From the dynamic apparel, to recruiting, to positioning the Dukes brand in the marketplace, this partnership is a key strategic tool as we implement a robust and comprehensive strategy for Duquesne athletics. Our entire department is extremely appreciative to Nike for helping us chase our dreams."
Nike, the exclusive apparel provider for a number of major NCAA Division I universities, is the world's largest supplier of footwear and apparel and a major manufacturer of sports equipment, with revenue in excess of $30 billion in 2015.
Outside of its intercollegiate clients, Nike boasts a number of the world's top athletes and organizations among its roster of talent, including all 32 NFL teams, the NBA (starting in 2017-18), the U.S. Men's National Team (soccer), the USA National Team (men's basketball), and top athletes including basketball superstars LeBron James and Kevin Durant, tennis stars Roger Federer and Serena Williams as well as men's and women's soccer standouts Cristiano Ronaldo and Alex Morgan.
"I am excited to begin this partnership with Duquesne University athletics," said Senior Director of NIKE Basketball Sports Marketing Eric Lautenbach. "We look forward to seeing the Nike swoosh on Duquesne student-athletes and coaches as they compete on the courts and fields of play. We also look forward to continuing our long standing relationship with coach Dambrot as he takes over Dukes basketball and brings his fantastic coaching and leadership skills to Duquesne."
Founded in 1972 as a factory-direct equipment company, BSN SPORTS has grown to become the largest distributor of team sports apparel and equipment in the United States.
"The partnership agreement between Duquesne University, BSN SPORTS and Nike is a great example of the value of athletics in a school system," said Terry Babilla, BSN SPORTS President. "This strategic partnership provides the finest apparel and products to the Duquesne University athletic teams and benefits each student athlete representing the Duquesne community on the athletic field or court. We are proud to be their partner and pleased that we can elevate the student-athlete experience."
In conjunction with today's announcement, BSN SPORTS has created a "flash store" that is offering Duquesne Nike apparel online at by clicking here. Dukes Nike merchandise will be available on the site from April 20-30.
What Duquesne coaches are saying ...
"The Nike name has great appeal among recruits - it is clearly the brand they want to wear and be associated with. Nike has earned its reputation as the world's premier athletics apparel and shoe company and its great to have a partnership with them. From first-hand experience, I can ensure that the association is going to be great for Duquesne athletics."
"Nike is the preeminent industry leader in innovative technology for high-level athletes. The quality of engineering and brand positioning of Nike to the buzz surrounding their shoes, gear and other equipment is important when recruiting at the highest level. The Duquesne women's basketball team is very excited to be wearing the Nike swoosh."
"The Nike swoosh is one of the iconic logos in all of sports. To have Duquesne associated with the industry leader in athletics apparel will benefit our program in many ways. I know our student-athletes and staff are excited to begin this new relationship."