Some of you may have wondered how our volunteer coach, Mr. Koichiro Kanno came all the way from Japan to Minnesota.
One of eight coaches in the running to become the 2020 Olympic coach, Kanno was placed at the University of Minnesota by the Japan Volleyball Association. With the international notoriety of head coach Hugh McCutcheon and director of operations, Nao Ikeda, hailing from Japan, the placement was a perfect fit. In his second year helping with the Gopher program, Kanno's skills will also help as the Gophers travel to Japan, March 14-22.
KARE 11 Television recently caught up with Kanno, Ikeda and McCutcheon.
The University of Minnesota volleyball program has announced the Gophers' 2015 spring schedule, which includes three competition dates in the month of April. Times for the scrimmages will be announced closer to the days of competition.
Minnesota opens the spring season against The University of Illinois, Saturday, April 4 in Waukesha, Wisconsin. The Gophers take on Kansas State University Saturday, April 18 (Indianola, Iowa), followed by the Gophers hosting a spring tournament, Saturday, April 25 at the Sports Pavilion.
Prior to the start of spring volleyball, Minnesota will also compete in Tokyo, Japan, March 14-22. Staying in the National Training Center, the Gophers will compete against Japan's World University Games team, who are scheduled to compete at the 2015 World University Games in July.
Minnesota Volleyball Spring Schedule (Times to be announced at later date) April 4 vs. Illinois (Waukesha, Wis.) April 18 vs. Kansas State (Indianola, Iowa) April 25 hosting Spring Tournament, Sports Pavilion
As the Gopher Volleyball Team prepares for their upcoming trip to Japan (March 14-22) the team, coaches and staff are brushing up on their Japanese. This week, we have setter Erica Handley giving us her "Japanese Phrase of the Day".
The Golden Gophers had nine individuals who competed at the 2015 USA Volleyball Open Tryouts, Feb. 20-22. The Gophers left on Friday to train and hopefully land a spot on one of the USA Collegiate National Teams. Check out their experience through USA Volleyball's photo gallery and social media buzz.