Most Gophers student-athletes will never play their sports professionally. With that reality in mind, Gophers Athletics provides career and life skills development opportunities for student-athletes. This week on Gopher Sports Update, a conversation with Gophers Assistant Athletics Director for Student Development Peyton Owens.
Gopher Sports Update goes beyond the scores and brings listeners unparalleled access, conversations and profiles of Golden Gopher student athletes, coaches, administrators and alumni.
This week, we present part 2 of our tribute to legendary Gophers Cross Country and Track and Field Coach Roy Griak. Former Gopher Sports Update hosts Matt Nelson and Mike Gallagher showcased Griak’s legacy shortly after his death in 2015. We also hear longtime GSU host Ron Miller’s interview with Griak that aired in 2008.
It’s a “Best of Gopher Sports Update” this week as we look back on the remarkable career of longtime Gophers Cross Country and Track & Field Head Coach Roy Griak. Coach Griak passed away two years ago. Former GSU hosts Matt Nelson and Mike Gallagher reflected on Griak’s legacy during a July 2015 show. A 2008 interview with Griak was resurrected from the GSU archive.
It’s no coincidence that the word student appears first in the term student-athlete. For nearly 35 years, the U of M’s McNamara Academic Center for Student-Athletes (MAC) has helped the Gophers succeed in the classroom as well as in competition. MAC Director JT Bruett talks about the academic support resources that are available for student-athletes.
Each year, the University of Minnesota and colleges across the state and country recruit exceptional Minnesota high school student-athletes. StarTribune sportswriter Jim Souhan and Minnesota State High School League Media Specialist John Millea discuss the dynamics of recruiting and how Gophers coaches connect with promising high school prospects.
StarTribune sports columnist Jim Souhan talks about the challenges Gophers athletics face in a saturated sports marketplace, momentum in men’s basketball and football and efforts to boost fan engagement.
May 18 Former Gophers Football Star Marion Barber Jr. Earns Degree & Softball Team Vows NCAA Snub Will Work to Their Advantage at Tournament
Former Gophers football great Marion Barber Jr. shattered school records on the field nearly 40 years ago. But the NFL came calling in 1981, and Barber left the U before earning a degree. This month, he officially graduated, fulfilling a promise he made to his family.
Despite a 54-3 record and 25 consecutive wins, the Gophers softball team enters the NCAA tournament unseeded. The women plan to use the snub to their advantage.
A conversation with Gophers Athletic Director Mark Coyle who has been on the job for one year this month. He talks about the culture change underway in the football program with the hiring in January of Head Coach PJ Fleck and the efforts to stimulate fan support and engagement.
The Gophers Men’s and Women’s tennis season concluded recently. Head Coaches Geoff Young and Chuck Merzbacher reflect on the past season and talk about the state of tennis and what lies ahead for the teams in 2017-18.
Best wishes to Coach Merzbacher who announced his retirement effective the end of this season after 28 years as a D-1 head coach.
Apr 26 Head Football Coach PJ Fleck Looks Ahead to a New Season & Associate AD Scott Ellison Previews the Athetes Village
Gophers Football Head Coach PJ Fleck talks about settling in at the U and his expectations for the coming season. Associate AD Scott Ellison describes the Athletes Village currently under construction and how it will help student-athletes excel on and off the playing field.