Every now and again, GSU likes to step away from the current world of Gopher athletics and visit with an alumnus doing great things post-Dinkytown. This week, we do just that in chatting with Jackie Voigt, who played basketball and soccer for the U in the late-2000s and early-2010s, and has gone on to a coaching career that has taken her all across the region and back again, as she now coaches just a stone’s throw away from her old stomping grounds of Williams Arena.
A two-sided coin on GSU this week welcomes you back from the holiday break. After a brief hello in segment one, Matt and Mike talk volleyball with head coach Hugh McCutcheon, who has his team as the number two overall seed entering the NCAA tournament this Friday at The Pav. In segment three, the guys take to Twitter for the heated debate that is Tracy Claeys’ future, a scrap that one co-host found impossible to avoid.
In his 19 years on campus, Kelly Kremer has coached six Olympians, 85 relay and individual All-Americans, and has been a part of eight B1G championship teams. The head coach for both the men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams at the U joins this week to talk about the state of both programs and his love for the Maroon and Gold.
What a year it has been for Gopher Women’s Hockey Sophomore Sophie Skarzynski. First, the freshman-at-the-time helped the Maroon and Gold capture their seventh national championship. As if that wasn’t enough, Sophie then, with her incredible fandom, helped her hometown Chicago Cubs break the unbreakable streak of 108 years without a World Series title. For her efforts, she gets an appearance on Gopher Sports Update. Doesn’t seem like a fitting reward, but despite the tremendously underwhelming prize, Sophie brings her fun-loving, energetic personality to the show in discussing her experience on the ice last season and how she has made Minnesota home in her short time on campus.
A great 2015-16 class of Gophers is gone from Marlene Stollings program, but a talented group gets on the floor for the first time this Saturday. Just ahead of the U taking on Harvard in their season opener, senior Joanna Hedstrom joins the show to talk about the very worldly group donning the Maroon and Gold this year and how different the team will look without last year’s highly publicized superstar, Rachel Banham.
Simone Kolander is making herself a regular amongst Big Ten postseason award winners, and here on GSU too! After joining us preseason to preview the 2016 campaign, Simone went on to win her second consecutive Big Ten Forward of the Year honor, and joins this week to recap a tremendous season for the No. 8 Golden Gophers and preview their semifinal matchup with Michigan coming up this Friday. Is her second consecutive conference award the bigger accomplishment, or her second appearance on Gopher Sports Update? We think everyone knows the answer to that.
A pair of big names on campus are on GSU this week, as we listen in to Gopher Football Head Coach Tracy Claeys’ press conference ahead of the squad traveling to Illinois to take on the Illini in pursuit of their third win in a row. After that, men’s basketball head coach Richard Pitino makes his first Gopher Sports Update check-in of the year from media day at The Barn, with topics including Akeem Springs interesting social media presence, Davonte Fitzgerald’s injury, Reggie Lynch’s prospects on the floor after missing last season, and the outlook for the year ahead.
Some people know home when they’ve found it. For Gopher Women’s Cross Country Head Coach Sarah Hopkins, Dinkytown is that home. After a tremendously successful running career at the U of M herself, Coach Hopkins stuck around for eight long years in a volunteer assistant role before getting her big break in 2013, when the chance to coach her alma mater arose. Four years later and Coach Hopkins is going strong, ready to lead her young ladies into Jack’s Twilight Run this weekend and the B1G Championships on October 30. The head of the 44-member women’s cross country crew joins us to reminisce about the man who this weekend’s run is named for and we lost nearly 10 years ago to cancer, legendary Gopher Equipment Manager Jack Johnson, and Coach Hopkins also previews the B1G Championships to come, which will be right in the Gophers backyard.
A packed show this week on GSU features previews of a packed weekend ahead in Gopher athletics! First, Gopher Football Head Coach Tracy Claeys details the team’s plans at quarterback against Maryland with Mitch Leidner in concussion protocol and Conor Rhoda poised to receive his first collegiate start under center. After that, one of Gopher Sports Update’s favorite coaches, the very youthful women’s tennis head Chuck Merzbacher, joins to chat about family, fun at the Ryder Cup, and the immediate future for the program, which comes this weekend at the Baseline Tennis Center as the Gophers host the ITA Central Regionals for the first time in 12 years.
There are always big skates to fill in Ridder Arena, but Dani Cameranesi appears ready to step squarely into the spotlight. With Amanda Kessel and Hannah Brandt gone from the Gophers seventh national title team, the nation’s leading returning point-getter joins GSU to talk about her journey back from offseason surgery, the best graduating classes in Gopher Women’s Hockey history, and how she felt about the team’s opening weekend wins against Lindenwood.