Gopher Alum and Olympian Visits the Pav This Weekend

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Former Gopher and United States Olympian Lindsey Berg will be in attendance for the big Gopher/Nebraska match on Sunday.

Berg will sign autographs from 2:45 until the start of the match at 3:30 p.m. In between the first and second set, Berg will be honored out on the court for her accomplishments.

One of the biggest names on the international volleyball scene, Lindsey Berg first starred as a setter for the Golden Gophers. A three-time All-Big Ten selection, Berg was a four-year starter at Minnesota and ranks second all-time in Big Ten history in  services aces (283) and fourth in assists (5,913). During her Gopher career, Berg helped lead Minnesota to a pair of Big Ten runner-up finishes and NCAA Regional appearances in 1999 and 2000. In 2000, she helped lead the Gophers to a remarkable 30-4 overall record and their highest winning percentage in school history at .882.

Berg went on to become the first player from the Minnesota volleyball program to make the U.S. Olympic team in 2004. She followed with two Olympic appearances in 2008 and 2012, where she helped Team USA to back-to-back silver medals. A Honolulu, Hawaii native, Berg was named USA Volleyball Indoor Female Athlete of the Year in 2008 and 2011 and was inducted into the Minnesota Hall of Fame and the the Hawaii Sports Hall of Fame.


M Club Hall of Fame: Urban Odson

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The legacy of University of Minnesota athletics will be celebrated Thursday, Sept. 22 at Ted Mann Concert Hall, when eight former Golden Gopher student-athletes are inducted into the "M" Club Hall of Fame.

Each day until then, we will preview one of the eight inductees with a special video. First up is former Golden Gopher football player Urban Odson. For a list of all inductees, click here.


Urban Odson was a three-year letter winner for the Gophers from 1939 to 1941. He earned All-America and All-Big Ten honors as a tackle in 1940 and was a star on Minnesota's 1940 and 1941 National Championship teams.

Following his Gopher career, Odson was a first-round draft pick of the Green Bay Packers. He deferred is NFL career to enter the Navy and serve a tour in the Pacific Tour aboard the U.S. Amsterdam. Odson did eventually return to the Packers and went on to play under Curly Lambeau for four seasons with Green Bay before leaving the NFL after the 1940 season.

In 1950 Odson joined the Montreal Alouettes of the Canadian Football League before retiring from professional football.

The official induction of the 2011 class will take place during a ceremony to be held at the Ted Mann Concert Hall (2128 Fourth Street South, Minneapolis, MN 55455) Thursday, Sept. 22, 2011. Tickets are available for purchase online through the University of Minnesota ticket office at www.tickets.umn.edu or by calling the Northrop ticket office at 612-624-2345.

M Club Hall of Fame: Robb Quinlan

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The legacy of University of Minnesota athletics will be celebrated next Thursday, Sept. 22 at Ted Mann Concert Hall, when eight former Golden Gopher student-athletes are inducted into the "M" Club Hall of Fame.

Each day until then, we will preview one of the eight inductees with a special video. First up is former Golden Gopher wrestling legend Garth Lappin. For a list of all inductees, click here.


A native of Maplewood, Minnesota Robb Quinlan played first base for the Golden Gophers from 1996 to 1999 and was a three-time first team, all-Big Ten selection ending his career as the Big Ten's all-time hits leader with 345. In addition to his 345 career hits, Quinlan also established Minnesota career records for at bats, runs batted in, doubles, home runs, and total bases.

Quinlan was drafted into the thirty-third round following his junior year season, but returned to play for the Gophers as a senior. He was then taken by the Anaheim Angels in the tenth round of the 1999 draft and was a backup corner infielder and outfielder with the Angels from 2003-2010.

Quinlan, who served as a volunteer coach with the Gophers during the final month of the 2011 season currently lives in Plymouth with his wife Amanda.

The official induction of the 2011 class will take place during a ceremony to be held at the Ted Mann Concert Hall (2128 Fourth Street South, Minneapolis, MN 55455) on Thursday, Sept. 22, 2011.Tickets are available for purchase online through the University of Minnesota ticket office at www.tickets.umn.edu or by calling the Northrop ticket office at 612-624-2345.

M Club Hall of Fame: Mike Hebert

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The legacy of University of Minnesota athletics will be celebrated Thursday, Sept. 22 at Ted Mann Concert Hall, when eight former Golden Gopher student-athletes are inducted into the "M" Club Hall of Fame.

Each day until then, we will preview one of the eight inductees with a special video. Next up is Golden Gopher volleyball coaching icon Mike Hebert. For more on all the inductees, click here.


The most successful volleyball coach in school history, Mike Hebert lead the Golden Gophers to three NCAA Final Fours and recently finished his career at the University of Minnesota with a 381 and 185 record. In his fifteen years with the Minnesota Gophers, from 1996-2010, Hebert won more than 75% of his games while leading Minnesota to fourteen NCAA tournament appearances, eight NCAA Regional trips and four NCAA titles.

Along with three Final Fours, Hebert also lead the gophers to the National Title match against Stanford in 2004. He's the only coach in division one volleyball to lead two different programs from the same conference to Final Four appearances and one of four to make multiple trips to the Final Four with two different programs.

Along with national acclaim the Gophers also won their first Big Ten Title in 2002 under Hebert's tutelage. Named 2003 National Coach of the Year, Hebert was also named a five-time Big Ten Coach of the Year. Along with the M-Club induction, Hebert was also inducted into the American Volleyball Coaches Association Hall of Fame.

The official induction of the 2011 class will take place during a ceremony to be held at the Ted Mann Concert Hall (2128 Fourth Street South, Minneapolis, MN 55455) on Thursday, Sept. 22, 2011.Tickets are available for purchase online through the University of Minnesota ticket office at www.tickets.umn.edu or by calling the Northrop ticket office at 612-624-2345.

M Club Hall of Fame: John Whitaker

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The legacy of University of Minnesota athletics will be celebrated next Thursday, Sept. 22 at Ted Mann Concert Hall, when eight former Golden Gopher student-athletes are inducted into the "M" Club Hall of Fame.

Each day until then, we will preview one of the eight inductees with a special video. Next up is former Golden Gopher wrestling legend Garth Lappin. For more on all the inductees, click here.

A dominant figure in the early days of Minnesota Wrestling, John Whitaker's accomplishments set the bar for Gopher Wrestling. Whitaker will always be remembered as the program's first ever NCAA Champion. He earned the honor on March 20, 1937 on the campus of the then named Indiana State Teachers College, presently known as Indiana State University; where as a senior he defeated John Ginay of Illinois in the 175 pound championship match at the tenth NCAA Wrestling Tournament to become the Gophers' National Champion.

The official induction of the 2011 class will take place during a ceremony to be held at the Ted Mann Concert Hall (2128 Fourth Street South, Minneapolis, MN 55455) on Thursday, Sept. 22, 2011.Tickets are available for purchase online through the University of Minnesota ticket office at www.tickets.umn.edu or by calling the Northrop ticket office at 612-624-2345.

M Club Hall of Fame: Garth Lappin

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The legacy of University of Minnesota athletics will be celebrated next Thursday, Sept. 22 at Ted Mann Concert Hall, when eight former Golden Gopher student-athletes are inducted into the "M" Club Hall of Fame.

Each day until then, we will preview one of the eight inductees with a special video. First up is former Golden Gopher wrestling legend Garth Lappin. For a list of all inductees, click here.

The Minnesota wrestling program has been a symbol of excellence for decades. One of the men responsible for this incredible legacy is Garth Lappin, a team leader for the Gophers in the late 1940s. Lapin lettered at Minnesota from 1947-49 and was crowned Big Ten Champion in 1948. He was a two-time All American at 120 pounds in 1947 and 1949. 

After his days wearing the maroon and gold Lappin went on to become the president of the State High School Wrestling Association and Meet Chairman for the U.S. Wrestling Federation. He coached Anoka High School to two state titles and mentored seventeen individual state champions.

Lappin is a member of the Minnesota High School Coaches Hall of Fame and was inducted into the Minnesota Chapter of the National Wrestling Hall of Fame for lifetime service.

The official induction of the 2011 class will take place during a ceremony to be held at the Ted Mann Concert Hall (2128 Fourth Street South, Minneapolis, MN 55455) on Thursday, Sept. 22, 2011.Tickets are available for purchase online through the University of Minnesota ticket office at www.tickets.umn.edu or by calling the Northrop ticket office at 612-624-2345.

M Club Hall of Fame preview: Ben Hamilton

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The legacy of University of Minnesota athletics will be celebrated next Thursday, Sept. 22 at Ted Mann Concert Hall, when eight former Golden Gopher student-athletes are inducted into the "M" Club Hall of Fame.

Each day until then, we will preview one of the eight inductees with a special video. First up is former Golden Gopher football standout Ben Hamilton. For a list of all inductees, click here.

One of the most decorated linesmen of the modern era, Ben Hamilton played center for the Golden Gophers and was a four-year letter winner from 1997-2000. An All-American and All-Big Ten performer in both 1999 and 2000, Hamilton was named the 2000 winner of the Bronko-Nagurski award as the Gophers most valuable player.

He also earned the team's Butch Nash and Paul Giel awards in his time at Minnesota. Following his Gopher career, Hamilton was drafted in the fourth round of the 2001 National Football League Draft. He played ten seasons in the NFL, nine with the Denver Broncos and one with the Seattle Seahawks.

The official induction of the 2011 class will take place during a ceremony to be held at the Ted Mann Concert Hall (2128 Fourth Street South, Minneapolis, MN 55455) on Thursday, Sept. 22, 2011.Tickets are available for purchase online through the University of Minnesota ticket office at www.tickets.umn.edu or by calling the Northrop ticket office at 612-624-2345.

M Club Hall of Fame: Joe Pollack

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The legacy of University of Minnesota athletics will be celebrated next Thursday, Sept. 22 at Ted Mann Concert Hall, when eight former Golden Gopher student-athletes are inducted into the "M" Club Hall of Fame.

Each day until then, we will preview one of the eight inductees with a special video. First up is former Golden Gopher baseball hero Joe Pollack. For a list of all inductees, click here.

Joe Pollack was a right-handed pitcher during a dominant stretch for Gopher baseball. In 1964, he led Minnesota to its third national championship in eight years, going 4-1 in conference games and 7-2 in the regular season.

At the College World Series, he pitched three complete game victories to lead Minnesota to the title and was named to the All-Tournament team. He finished the season 11-2 and was an All-Big Ten selection.

The official induction of the 2011 class will take place during a ceremony to be held at the Ted Mann Concert Hall (2128 Fourth Street South, Minneapolis, MN 55455) on Thursday, Sept. 22, 2011.Tickets are available for purchase online through the University of Minnesota ticket office at www.tickets.umn.edu or by calling the Northrop ticket office at 612-624-2345.

M Club Hall of Fame preview: Mike Crowley

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The legacy of University of Minnesota athletics will be celebrated next Thursday, Sept. 22 at Ted Mann Concert Hall, when eight former Golden Gopher student-athletes are inducted into the "M" Club Hall of Fame.

Each day until then, we will preview one of the eight inductees with a special video. First up is former Golden Gopher hockey star Mike Crowley.

Mike Crowley patrolled the Minnesota blue line from 1994-1997 and was a two-time Hobey Baker Award winner for the Gophers. He was the fourth two-time All-American in school history and was the 1997 WCHA Player of the Year.

The Bloomington, Minnesota native was named first-team all WCHA in 1996 and 1997 and led the team in scoring in 1997 with fifty-six points in forty-two games He joins Lou Nanne as the only other Gopher defenseman to lead the team in scoring in school history. Crowley holds the two highest scoring seasons by a defenseman in school history with 63 points in 1996 and 56 points in 1997. His 47 assists in 1997 and 46 assists in 1996 also ranked first and second in school history by a defenseman in a single season.  The seventeen goals he scored in 1996 ranked third all-time for Gopher defensemen in a single year.

A sixth-round selection by the Philadelphia Flyers in the 1993 entry draft, Crowley helped lead the Gophers to the 1995 NCAA Frozen Four as well as the 1996 WCHA playoffs title and the 1997 WCHA regular season crown.

The official induction of the 2011 class will take place during a ceremony to be held at the Ted Mann Concert Hall (2128 Fourth Street South, Minneapolis, MN 55455) on Thursday, Sept. 22, 2011.Tickets are available for purchase online through the University of Minnesota ticket office at www.tickets.umn.edu or by calling the Northrop ticket office at 612-624-2345.