Beth Goetz joins the Gophers' Athletics management team as a senior associate athletic director and the department's senior woman administrator.
Q&A with Beth Goetz
Q. What were the key determining factors for you to accept the job at the University of Minnesota after spending the last five years at Butler as an associate athletics director?
A: The opportunity to be a part of a first-class University with such a rich history and a passionate fan base is what got me excited. But the key was really the people. The chance to work with Norwood Teague and his staff along with such a tremendous group of coaches is really what made the decision an easy one. I wanted to be a part of the future vision of Gopher Athletics, and couldn't wait to get started.
Q: What was it like being a part of Butler's back-to-back runs to the NCAA Championship Games in 2010 and 2011?
A: It was an incredible experience for our student-athletes, coaches and fans to have a run like that in two consecutive years. Absolutely one of the most amazing things I have had an opportunity to be involved in during my career. Playing for a national championship is always the goal, and I was grateful to be a part of that. I can't tell you how excited I was to get my first taste of that as a Gopher watching the Women's Hockey team capture their second national title this year.
Q: . You were a head soccer coach for a decade...how did that experience prepare you for being a top collegiate athletics administrator?
A: There is no doubt that it is a priority to ensure that our student-athletes have an incredible experience, and working as a coach gives you the day to day perspective as to what the keys are to making that happen. It has also been an asset as an administrator to have been in the same shoes as our coaches, so that I know how to best support them. You have first-hand experience in regards to the commitment and challenges they face as they work to build successful teams and programs, and I think they appreciate that you understand what they are trying to do.
Q: What do you miss about coaching?
A: I'm not sure I realized when I first made the decision to work on the administration side that I would have to dress for the business world, so I really do miss my Nike tennis shoes and sweats. But seriously, I miss the daily interaction with the student-athletes. As an administrator you are able to engage with athletes from all sports, but the bond you develop over a four-year period with those you have the privilege to coach is very special.
Q: What is your early take on the Gopher Athletics community?
A: I knew that there was a passionate community surrounding the Gophers throughout the state, but it has been unbelievable to see how deep it runs. With such a prestigious academic reputation, a great history of success, and incredible people I really believe that the sky's the limit as far as what can be accomplished here.
Q: What do you like to do most in your time away from work?
A: I truly love sport, so I usually find a way to be involved even when I am away from the office. I like to be outdoors running, hiking, or hacking my way through a golf course. I am also really excited to get to know the campus and Minneapolis community so I can invest some time outside of athletics as well.