This Valentine's Day series features University of Delaware student-athlete Double Del couples. UD has 22,250 Double Dels, more than 15% of alumni, but Blue Hens seem to share a special bond. 

Missy and Matt Arenz are Double Dels, a unique term coined by the UD for alumni married to other alumni. UD has 22,250 Double Dels, more than 15% of Blue Hen alumni, but Missy and Matt’s story is a bit more unique.

“I was recruited to play field hockey at UD,” Missy said. “Delaware had everything that I wanted academically and athletically, and it was a safe, beautiful campus. It was an environment that I wanted to be in.” Currently in her fifth year as assistant field hockey coach, Missy was a three-time All-CAA player during her tenure with the Blue Hens from 2007-10. She saw action in 74 games and still ranks 13th in school history with 20 career assists.

Meanwhile, Matt contributed to the Blue Hens football team as a defensive lineman from 2008-11. Read more here...  

Christine, a former University of Delaware women’s basketball player, and Jay, a former Blue Hens men’s lacrosse player, are Double Dels, a term used to describe married couples that both graduated from UD. While 15% of alumni are Double Dels, Christine and Jay share a special story as not only graduates, but also as former student-athletes and coaches.

“We had very parallel careers here. We were both captains on both of our teams, we were part of championship teams and NCAA tournament teams, but actually, we met at the athlete’s bible study here on campus,” said Christine.

“One of the funny stories is during one of the activities that we were doing at athlete’s bible study, you had to find someone that you were paired with, so it was different duos in literature, so she was Juliet and I was Romeo,” Jay reminisced.  

Jay and Christine’s friendship grew from that day. In addition to their involvement with athlete’s bible study, they both led very successful athletic careers. After transferring to Delaware as a senior, Christine led her team to a record of 21-8 and a berth in the America East Conference Tournament. She started 27 games, had 113 assists, 59 steals and ranked second on the team with 21 three-pointers. Read more here...

Herb Courtney and Stephanie Barry, two of the best athletes in their sport at the time, are two of those Double Dels. Their relationship began during their time at Delaware, when Herb played basketball (2003-08) and Stephanie played volleyball (2006-09). 

Herb, ranking in the top-15 at UD in both career points and rebounds, was a two-time All-CAA selection and earned the team MVP award twice as a Blue Hen. Stephanie was a two-time All-American, holds the school record for digs, and was inducted into the UD Athletics Hall of Fame in 2015.

Herb and Steph first met the summer before his senior year and her sophomore year. Being a volleyball player meant coming to school in the summer for preseason and as a basketball player, Herb stayed the whole summer to train. They met through mutual friends, as a pair of their teammates were dating each other at the time. Read more here... 

“We feel like our paths were meant to cross.”

In hindsight, Jarame and Michelle (Plante) Beaupre appeared to be on a crash course to meeting and falling in love. Both turning down the same school to end up at the University of Delaware and in the same Theatre 104 class, sharing a love of the same sport and the outdoors, everything seemed to fall their way on the road to becoming Double Dels (a unique term indicating UD alumni married to other alumni).

Jarame played baseball for the Blue Hens from 2003-2004 and was 2004 UD Pitcher of the Year. Michelle was a mainstay at third base, playing softball from 2003-2007. Their love for the same sport provided a strong first connection.

Jarame played baseball at Drexel University his junior year when the baseball program got cut, giving him the ability to transfer in-conference.  Michelle was being recruited by plenty of schools to play softball. Coincidentally enough they both turned down full-ride scholarships to attend UD, she as a freshman and he as a senior. Read more here...