Former Student Managers Excel in Coaching

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Former Gopher student manager Parker Kruckenberg has accepted a position as an assistant coach with the Thunder Bay Border Cats (Northwoods League). He is currently in his first year as an assistant coach with Augsburg College. A 2011 University of Minnesota graduate, Kruckenberg was with the Gophers for four years, including two NCAA Tournament teams and the 2010 Big Ten Championship team. A Fargo South High School graduate, Kruckenberg was a three-year letterwinner.

Kruckenberg joins Dan Pavlue as a former Gopher student manager currently in coaching. Pavlue is an assistant coach at Edgewood College in Madison, Wis. During Pavlue's three years (2007-10) with Minnesota, the team compiled a 92-84 record. Like Kruckenberg, Pavlue was a part of two NCAA Tournament teams and the 2010 Big Ten Championship team. Following his time as a Minnesota student assistant, Pavlue was a volunteer coach at Minnesota State University, Mankato, before taking the job at Edgewood College in 2011.

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