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.
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.
The Gophers’ “M” Club is one of the nation’s oldest and largest varsity letter-winner clubs. On October 12, the “M” Club honors its 2017 Hall of Fame inductees. This week, a conversation with “M” Club Director George Adzick.
It’s a GSU reunion! Former host Matt Nelson joins Jim du Bois on the University of Minnesota stage at the Great Minnesota Get-Together for a broad-ranging discussion of Gophers football and the renaming of the Sports Pavilion in honor of former Athletics Director Joel Maturi.
The 2017 Gophers football season kicked off at TCF Bank Stadium with a victory over the Buffalo Bulls. StarTribune sports columnist Jim Souhan talks about P.J. Fleck’s coaching debut and looks to the season ahead.
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.
It’s another blast from GSU’s past! Back in July of 2012, former GSU host Matt Nelson chatted with Gopher baseball alum and current TV voice of the Kansas City Royals Ryan Lefebvre.
The Golden Gophers Spirit Squads–cheerleaders, danceline, and of course Goldy Gopher–are a key part of the fan experience and a highly visible component of the University of Minnesota brand. This week on Gopher Sports Update, a conversation with Head Coach and Spirit Squads Director Sam Owens…
It’s another gem from the Gopher Sports Update archives. Former GSU host Ron Miller interviewed Gophers and Lakers basketball legend Myer “Whitey” Skoog in 2011. Skoog played for the Gophers from 1948-1951. He was a first round NBA draft pick for the Minneapolis Lakers in 1951 and played for six seasons until a back injury forced his retirement. The Lakers won three NBA Championships during Skoog’s first three years on the team. Take a look back into Minnesota basketball history with the man who invented the jump shot.
Over the past 30 years, collegiate athletics have adopted many of the marketing and sponsorship strategies employed by professional sports. Today, college sports venues bear the names of corporate sponsors, and broadcast rights fees are important sources of revenue for athletics departments. A look at the business of college sports with Gophers Deputy Athletics Director John Cunningham.