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Nov 17 Gophers Marching and Athletics Bands

This week, a behind-the-scenes look at the pride of Minnesota–the Golden Gophers Marching Band. It’s one of several athletics bands at the U but by far the most visible.  Assistant Director of Bands/Director of Marching and Athletics Bands Elizabeth (Betsy) Kerns McCann tells us about the process of auditioning for the Marching Band and the role it and the other athletics bands play in promoting Gophers Athletics.

The Marching Band is performing two concerts this weekend at Northrop Auditorium on the U’s Minneapolis campus. Ticket information is available here.

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Oct 20 Lynx Guard Lindsay Whalen’s Triumphant Return to The Barn & A Look at the New Athletes Village

Fresh off leading the Lynx to their fourth WNBA championship, former Gophers Women’s Basketball standout Lindsay Whelan reflects on her days at the U and the excitement of returning to The Barn to close out this season. Also, Gophers Associate Athletic Director Scott Ellison gives a preview of the new Athletes Village currently under construction.

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Oct 12 It’s Homecoming Week at the U of M!

Homecoming week officially kicks off on October 14 with the Day of Service where alumni and students take on community-based projects for charitable and other non-profit organizations. The week’s festivities culminate with the Homecoming game on October 21 at 2:30 pm when the Gophers face Illinois.  This week on Gopher Sports Update, a look at the history and significance of Homecoming with University of Minnesota Alumni Association President/CEO Lisa Lewis.  Also, we’ll hear from two students involved with the planning and execution of Homecoming events and activities, Claire Lyons and Alex Scurto.

Lisa Lewis,
UMAA Pres/CEO

Alex Scurto,
Homecoming Board Program Coordinator

Claire Lyons,
Homecoming Program Board Marketing Director

 

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Sep 28 Gophers Swimming and Diving: The Legacy of Former Women’s Head Coach Jean Freeman and the Minnesota Aquatics Hall of Fame Class of 2017

The Gophers Swimming and Diving program has a rich heritage. Fondly remembered practice and competition facilities were replaced by a state-of-the art Aquatic Center in 1990. A few years ago, the formerly separate men’s and women’s teams combined, setting a precedent that other collegiate programs are adopting. This week, a conversation with Senior Associate Head Coach Terry Ganley who’s been associated with Gophers Swimming and Diving since her days as a student-athlete. Coach Ganley traces the evolution of the Gophers program from the mid-1970s to today, exploring the legacy of former Women’s Head Coach Jean Freeman up to the induction of the Minnesota Aquatics Hall of Fame Class of 2017 this weekend.

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Sep 21 Gophers Athletics Honors the Late Kathleen Ridder

This weekend, the Golden Gophers honor a local philanthropist who was also a pioneering feminist and a tireless advocate for women’s athletics. The late Kathleen Ridder and her late husband, Robert, led and principally funded the effort to build Ridder Arena, the first collegiate arena in the nation dedicated to women’s hockey. This Sunday is Kathleen Ridder day at the U of M, and her many contributions to Gophers women’s athletics will be celebrated during hockey, volleyball and soccer events that day. On this week’s GSU, a conversation with former Gophers Women’s Hockey Head Coach Laura Halldorson about the legacy of Kathleen Ridder.

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