Coming Soon: Marlene Stolling's Official Blog!

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Hey Gopher fans: Stay tuned to this link for the official blog of new Gopher Women's Basketball head coach Marlene Stollings!!

Coming soon!

Gophers at UNI Tournament

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Pitino Blog: Year One in Review

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Did this year meet expectations?  That is the most commonly asked question that I have received since our NIT championship.  The answer would be 100 percent yes.  As a coach your hope is that your guys compete and get better every day.  I can honestly say 99 percent of our practices and individual instruction sessions were a success.  The guys brought it every day and that's all you can ask.

Year One under Richard Pitino resulted in a program-record 25 wins.


To go along with individual improvements, this team went on to set a school record for total number of wins in a season as well as an NIT championship.  Other statistical records we set included the most points, 3-pointers and free throws in single-season school history, as well as the second-best free throw percentage and third-most rebounds and steals.

We were also very excited to have the highest team GPA in the fall semester in the last 10 years. It's very important that our guys finish strong academically.  Austin, Maverick, Oto and Kendal will all graduate on time.  Malik still has a little work to do but he will get his degree.  Kendall will be back and Oto will be a graduate manager for us next season.  Malik, Mav, and Austin will all try to play professionally.

Here are some (unofficial) year-end awards.

MVP- Deandre Mathieu

Nobody was more consistent from top to bottom than Dre.  Incredible where he has come from to get to where he is now.  He certainly deserves all the credit.  He will also have to stay hungry because he will have a bigger reputation next season.

Most Improved- Mo Walker, Joey King (close second)

This wasn't an easy choice but to look at where Mo was last year to today is pretty impressive.  He did an unbelievable job of losing the weight; now it's time to add the muscle.  I am fully confident he and our strength coach Shaun Brown will get it done.

Best Defender- Austin Hollins

Hardest Worker- Austin Hollins ... easy pick.

Best Attitude- Maverick Ahanmisi

Sacrifice Award- Oto Osenieks

What Oto did vs. Florida State in the NIT is what being a teammate is all about.  He played through a lot of pain in that game and grabbed a huge rebound at the end.

Austin Hollins delivered the moment of the year with his game-clinching 3-pointer vs. SMU in the NIT title game.


Best Moment- Austin Hollins 3-pointer vs. SMU in the NIT Championship

That's the way a senior like Austin should end his career.  Great player, better person.  We will miss his intangibles.

The Future

Next year will be met with much higher expectations certainly than this year.  Our guys will have to be prepared to be the hunted instead of the hunter.  That won't be easy.  We will need the Barn to be the toughest place to play in the country!  As crazy as it sounds next year's schedule will be more difficult than this year's top ten strength of schedule.  We will have to be ready to compete every night!

I personally had a blast coaching this year.  My favorite moment is walking up those stairs at the beginning of the game at the Barn to take the court.  It gives me goosebumps every time.  I can't wait to do it again in a few months! 

Hope to see everyone at June for camp.  It will be fun! (For more information on the Richard Pitino Basketball Camps, visit http://www.gophersports.com/sports/m-baskbl/spec-rel/pitino-camps.html)

Go Gophers!

Richard Pitino

Gophers at the Frozen Four

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PHILADELPHIA (GopherSports.com) -- The University of Minnesota men's hockey program prepped for the program's 21st Frozen Four appearance on Wednesday at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia. 

The Gophers open the event on Thursday at 7:30 p.m. CT against North Dakota  in semifinal action on ESPN2/Watch ESPN while radio broadcast is set for the Gopher Radio Network and 1500 ESPN. Boston College and Union compete the in the first semifinal game earlier in the day. 


Minnesota started the day of preparation by meeting with national broadcasting partners including ESPN talent John Buccigross, Barry Melrose and Quint Kessenich. For many of the Gophers, visiting with the trio was the day's highlight.


The low-point of the day? Well for some of the team that may have been competing in Adam Wilcox's Rubik's Cube Challenge. The Big Ten Player and Goaltender of the Year proved his skill with the gadget earlier this year (see the original video here) and challenged his teammates, as well as coach Don Lucia, with the help of NCAA.com. 


After practicing for the first time at Wells Fargo Center and then meeting with the media, the Gophers had one final on-camera moment for the night -- taking a team photo with the famous Rocky statue in downtown Philadelphia. 



For those in Philly, check out the full list of Frozen Four fan activities happening around town (Click Here). Back home? Head to Joe Senser's in Roseville or Bloomington for the official viewing parties in the Twin Cities (Click Here).


Strike Out Cancer Updates

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Starting on April 1, every strikeout by a Gopher pitcher and by alum Glen Perkins is helping to fight cancer as part of pitching coach Todd Oakes' Strike Out Cancer campaign through the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (LLS). Perkins has pledged $100 for each of his strikeouts during the month, and the Gophers have collected pledges for each of theirs as well. Check out this interview Perkins held with Pioneer Press' Charley Walters.

Strikeout Tracker
Gophers   56
Perkins      11
Stats through April 20

Fans were able to donate at the Saturday, April 12 game against Nebraska. Fans added nearly another $250 towards the cause.

KFAN's Justin Gaard sat down with "T.O." to talk about his story, and his Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (LLS) Man of the Year campaign. The interview starts at about the 30:10 mark of the show.

Gophers Open Spring Competition vs. Wisconsin

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Hawkeye Invitational Qualifying

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The Gopher men's golf team will play at the Hawkeye Invitational this weekend (April 12-13). The team held a qualifying tournament to determine the travel squad. Jon Trasamar and Jose Mendez were exempt. The Gophers played at Wakonda Club in Des Moines, Iowa, and Pioneer Creek GC in Maple Plain, Minn.

The travel squad will be Mendez, Trasamar, Alex Gaugert, Jon DuToit and Matt Rachey. Qualifying scores are below:

Alex Gaugert 213
Matt Rachey 219
Jon DuToit 221
Grady Meyer 231
Tyler Lowenstein 234
Daniel Luftspring 239

Gophers Meet the Media: Frozen Four

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The University of Minnesota will make its 21st Frozen Four appearance when it squares off with North Dakota April 10 in Philadelphia. Coach Don Lucia and select players met with the local media to discuss the NCAA West Regional and what waits ahead at the Frozen Four.


The national semifinal will be the 291th meeting between Minnesota and North Dakota. "I love playing North Dakota," senior forward Nate Condon said. "Everyone knows who North Dakota is. Everyone has someone they grew up playing with or against that they want to beat."

Lucia is doing his best to downplay the fact that the Gophers await their longtime arch-rival. "It is a national semifinal. Who you play is not as important as playing well." 

The Gophers earned the right to go to Philadelphia by defeating Robert Morris, 7-3, and St. Cloud State, 4-0, at the NCAA West Regional. 

"I thought last weekend was the best two games we have played all year," goaltender and Mike Richter Award finalist Adam Wilcox said. "It is good to be hitting our stride this time of year." 

A big component of the Gophers success at the regional was the ability for the defense to stymie St. Cloud State's quality forwards. 

"I think the key for us is the emergence of Mike Reilly and Brady Skjei," coach Lucia said. "Both those guys have really improved from last year."

Co-captain Nate Condon sparked the Gophers at the regional by scoring the team's first goal against Robert Morris and collecting four points on the weekend. He spoke about the seeds for this team's success being planted by former captain - and Condon's former roommate -- Taylor Matson. 

"One of the things he taught me is how hard you have to work to get to that next level."

As the team begins to focus on their trip to Pennsylvania, Lucia wants to make sure the players are primed for a positive experience. 

"It never gets old playing in the Frozen Four. There is no guarantee that any of our guys will get an opportunity to do this again," Lucia said. "The most important thing is to play well. The disappointment comes if the team does not play the way they are capable of."

The other national semifinal pits Boston College against Union College. It will be just the second all-time meeting between the Eagles and Dutchmen.

The Gophers will hit the ice against North Dakota on Thursday April 10 at 7:30 p.m. CT. The game will be shown live on ESPN2 and can be heard on 1500 ESPN. The national championship game takes place Saturday April 12 at 6:30 p.m. CT on ESPN.

"It is going to be awesome to play [North Dakota]," Wilcox said. "It is a huge rivalry game and there is not a better time to have it than on the big stage."

-Story written by Josh Brennock

Gophers Set to Begin Spring Season

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As the month of April rolls around, so does the start of spring volleyball competition. After waiting a few months since the end of the season, the Gopher volleyball team will be back in action this weekend.

Minnesota travels to Wisconsin to compete in a spring scrimmage against the Badgers on Sunday, April 6 at 3 p.m. Admission is free for the event, located at the UW Field House. Gametracker will also be made available for the scrimmage, located here.

Following the Wisconsin scrimmage, the Gophers travel to Northern Iowa, April 12. Action begins at 9 a.m. on four courts and admission is free. Seating is limited, but fans are encouraged to bring their own chairs. Along with Minnesota and host UNI, Iowa, Iowa State, Omaha, North Dakota State, South Dakota and Iowa Ice will also compete. A two-set format has been established with wins (by two points) to 25. Full court schedule located here.

UNI Spring Tournament Schedule of Events (subject to change)

9 a.m.
Court 1 - UNI vs. South Dakota
Court 3 - Minnesota vs. Iowa
Court 8 - Iowa State vs. Nebraska-Omaha

10 a.m.
Court 1 - Iowa Ice vs. UNI
Court 3 - Iowa State vs. Minnesota
Court 7 - Nebraska-Omaha vs. South Dakota
Court 8 - Iowa vs. North Dakota State

11 a.m.
Court 1 - Minnesota vs. UNI
Court 3 - Iowa vs. Iowa State
Court 7 - Iowa Ice vs. South Dakota
Court 8 - Nebraska-Omaha vs. North Dakota State

1 p.m.
Court 1 - Iowa vs. UNI
Court 3 - Minnesota vs. Nebraska-Omaha
Court 7 - North Dakota State vs. South Dakota
Court 8 - Iowa Ice vs. Iowa State

2 p.m.
Court 1 - UNI vs. Nebraska-Omaha
Court 3 - Minnesota vs. South Dakota
Court 8 - Iowa Ice vs. North Dakota State

3 p.m.
Court 1 - Northern Iowa vs. North Dakota State
Court 3 - Court available to play extra sets




The University of Minnesota hosted Feedback Friday in the Bierman Field Athletic Building on Friday, March 28th.
 
The professional development event organized by University of Minnesota Student-Athlete Development and sponsored by Enterprise Rent-A-Car presented student-athletes with an opportunity to prepare for post-college careers.
 
Student-athletes participated in practice interviews and resume reviews. They also had the chance to speak with a Talent Acquisition Specialist about employment openings at Enterprise.

"Feedback Friday and other professional development events are incredibly beneficial to me," Anne Ferguson from the women's cross country/track & field said. "Having my resume reviews and most importantly speaking with employers gives me confidence when I attend other professional events."

Written by Andrew Doughty
University of Minnesota Student-Athlete Development Intern