Minnesota's Maxx Williams - along with David Cobb and Damien Wilson - are at the NFL Combine this week in Indianapolis. Williams, who is scheduled to meet with 21 teams at the combine, was the first of the Gophers' trio to meet with the media as he was at the podium on Wednesday.
As the Gophers prepare for their upcoming trip to Japan (March 14-22) the team, coaches and staff are brushing up on their Japanese. This week's edition is freshman outside hitter Alyssa Goehner. Check it out!
The M.A.G.I.C. program (Maroon and Gold Impacting the Community) and the Unlimited Dance Marathon are continuing its fundraising efforts for the the March 28 event.
This year's event, held March 28 from 12 p.m.-12 a.m., in the Sports Pavilion, will look to make just as big of an impact as it did in 2014. All donations and proceeds go directly towards the University of Minnesota Masonic Children's Hospital.
Haven't heard of the Unlimited Dance Marathon? It's a year-long fundraising effort culminating in a 12-hour Dance Marathon. No sleeping, no sitting, just dancing. We also raise emotional, financial support and awareness for children and their families treated at the Masonic Children's Hospital. Not a dancer? Not a problem, attendees can sign up for prizes, play games and listen to music.
As Gopher fans, you can help the cause. Click HERE to make an online donation or visit some of our upcoming events to for monetary donations as our student-athletes will continue the fundraising efforts.
Upcoming Unlimited Fundraising Events (all donations go towards U of M Masonic Children's Hospital) Women's Basketball, Feb. 21 vs. Michigan, 1 p.m. Women's Gym, Feb. 22 hosting Best of Minnesota, 2 p.m. Men's Hockey, Feb. 27, vs Michigan State, 8 p.m. Men's Gymnastics, March 7, vs. Iowa, 7 p.m.
MINNEAPOLIS (GopherSports.com) - In the midst of a six-game unbeaten
streak and tied for first in the Big Ten for the first time this season, Gopher
Hockey's senior class has come on strong as Minnesota looks to defend its
inaugural Big Ten regular-season title.
Since starting the
six-game unbeaten streak on Jan. 30, no class in college hockey has totaled
more goals than Minnesota's seniors with 16 as the group has scored more than
half of the team's 29 goals during the stretch.
"Our seniors are playing
great hockey right now," Minnesota head coach Don Lucia said. "That's what you
have to have this time of year during the stretch run. Your seniors have to
lead, and they are playing their best hockey right now."
All six seniors
have recorded points over the unbeaten streak with the class totaling 37 points
during the run including the top three scorers on the team in Boyd (4-6--10), Ambroz
(6-3--9)and Rau (5-3--8). Meanwhile, Sam Warning isn't far behind with six
assists over the span while Ben Marshall and Christian Isackson have both
tallied two points each.
The Gopher Hockey
senior class has helped Minnesota to a program-record three-straight
regular-season conference titles and two trips to the NCAA Frozen Four in their
three years with the squad. The quest for a fourth-straight conference crown
continues this weekend at Penn State.
University of Minnesota volleyball head coach Hugh McCutcheon is not only busy with the Gopher program, but continues to make his mark on the international game as well.
McCutcheon traveled to Lausanne, Switzerland, serving his third year of a four-year term on the FIVB Coaching Commission. As a part of their annual meetings, FIVB gathers together 11 groups, which was held the first week of February. (McCutcheon featured in the left back row).
As the secretary of the coaching commission, McCutcheon is the only United States coach represented on 13-person panel. Nominated by USA Volleyball and NORECA, McCutcheon represents USA Volleyball, while other individuals and zones travel yearly from Russia, Brazil, Poland, Japan and France, to name a few. The coaching commission discusses modifications and improvements to the international game.
McCutcheon came to Minnesota after an illustrious 11-year career with USA Volleyball as he earned two medals with the United States Men's and Women's Olympic teams. McCutcheon mentored the U.S. Women's National Volleyball Team to a 106-39 record in his four years after leading the U.S. Men's National Volleyball Team program to the 2008 Olympic Games gold medal. Counting his 107-33 record leading the U.S. Men's program from 2005 to 2008, McCutcheon held a combined record of 213-72 with USA Volleyball.
Gopher volleyball will report for the spring season in March as they prepare for an invited trip to Japan, March 14-22. The Gophers are set to compete against Japan's University Games roster and train in Japan's National Training Center. The Gopher program is the only United States team in any sport to train at this facility.
The tryouts begin on
Friday, Feb. 20 until 11 a.m., Sunday, Feb. 22. The process will be used
primarily to identify prospective athletes for the U.S. Women's National
Volleyball Team. Athletes not invited to participate with the National Team may
be invited to attend a second tryout as part of the U.S. Collegiate National
Teams program (formerly U.S. Women's Senior A2 Teams).
USA Volleyball will have
one U.S. Collegiate National Team of 12 athletes and two coaches travel to the
World University Games in Gwangju, South Korea, June 28-July 14,
The second option for
the selected U.S. Collegiate National Team is a 12-team, two-coach group that
will travel to China for a series of training sessions and matches, June 12-26.
The third option is training and participation at the 2015 USA Volleyball
Girls' Junior National Championships (GJNC) held in New Orleans. A projected 36
athletes will be invited to participate in the program with training beginning
on June 21-30, followed by the competition portion June 26-29. U.S. Collegiate
National Teams will compete against each other while serving as inspiration for
junior athletes competing in the GJNC on what the next level of competition is
like in college.
As the Gopher men's hockey team prepared for this upcoming weekend's battle with Ohio State, two members of the program took time to help the Sanneh Foundation and a group of the St. Paul Police Officers and their Police Activity League.
Seth Ambroz and Christian Isackson, along with six members of the St. Paul police held a skating and skills clinic at the Battle Creek Recreation Center. Wednesday's Under 12 free clinic kicked off the first of four upcoming events. The purpose of the clinics: to get more kids involved in the sport and outdoor recreation.
Recently KMSP-TV caught up with the group, check out their full feature here.
The 2015 Minnesota softball season is close to getting underway! The Gophers take on No. 11/13 Washington at 3:30 p.m. CT today in the Sportco Kick Off Classic in Las Vegas. Here is some reading material to get you ready for the season: