Gopher Sports Update

Gopher Sports Update goes beyond the scores and brings listeners unparalleled access, conversations and profiles of Golden Gopher student athletes, coaches, administrators and alumni.

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.





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,

Alex Scurto,
Homecoming Board Program Coordinator

Claire Lyons,
Homecoming Program Board Marketing Director





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.




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.





Aug 25 University Sports Pavilion Re-Named in Honor of Former Gophers AD Joel Maturi

Joel Maturi served as Gophers Athletics Director from 2002 until his retirement in 2012. During his tenure, he oversaw the merger of the formerly separate men’s and women’s athletics departments and the construction of TCF Bank Stadium. He was recognized for his passionate support of all of the U’s teams and its student-athletes. This week, Maturi reflects on his long career in high school and collegiate athletics. We’ll also hear how he was the inspiration for a recurring character on NBC’s Saturday Night Live show.