Just a couple evenings later, Coach Kill made a four-hour round trip to speak in Preston. He was the keynote speaker at the Preston Area Community Foundation Dinner and Celebration. Coach Kill was very well-received at the event. Nearly 200 Gopher fans showed up and were there for hours in advance of Coach Kill's arrival at the Branding Iron restaurant.
Coach Kill Getting Out & About Recently
University of Minnesota head football coach Jerry Kill is always busy. When he isn't in the office, working on ways to improve his team and program, he can often be found on the road somewhere at a speaking engagement. Coach Kill is very generous with his time.
For example, in a three-day span between (Feb. 25-27) Coach Kill had a pair of speaking engagements. On Saturday, he spent time mingling with fans, signing autographs and speaking at The Foursome in Plymouth, which supplies him and the Gopher coaches with some apparel. Then, on Monday night he was in Preston, Minn. to speak at the Preston Area Community Foundation Dinner and Celebration.
During his time at The Foursome on Saturday, Coach Kill was interviewed by local radio/television personality Mike Max and held a Q&A session with the fans.
Coach Kill gave fans an update on where he feels the program is, as the Gophers prepare for their second spring practice on his watch.
"You go in and you try to figure out how you're going to fix it," Kill said. "We started on the ground floor. I always talk about academics, the weight room, keeping your coaches. That's kind of what we've focused on. I think we're moving in the right direction. The kids are working hard. They're going four days a week at 6 o'clock in the morning. They understand that for this to change, we're going to have to be different."
See the video below for Coach Kill's entire talk with the fans in Plymouth.
Preston native Amy Walterman is a big fan of Coach Kill. She told KAAL TV that she's seen him speak a number of times now.
"All of us are really excited for the next season," Walterman told KAAL.
Kill said he was more than happy to make the trip to Preston, because he believes the Golden Gopher program belongs to all Minnesotans.
"We're the state's team," Kill said to KAAL. "I feel like it's their football team and we need to get out as much as we can to let people know our vision and what we're trying to do."
Coach Kill spoke about his connection with Minnesotans, his childhood and he was also frank and candid about his battles with cancer and seizures.
Click here to read more about Coach Kill's visit to Preston and to see the KAAL TV report on his talk there.
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