This season, a new voice will echo through Williams Arena, but one that is plenty familiar to Gophers fans. Long-time public address announcer Jamie Verbrugge has been selected to take over the microphone at the Barn beginning this November.
Verbrugge, who has assisted in on-court promotions during Gopher basketball games in recent years, currently serves as the public address announcer for Gopher football, men's hockey and wrestling home events. He will continue in each of these roles, as his schedule permits.
"For most of my life I have been watching Gophers basketball in the Barn," Verbrugge said. "It is a special place to me as I know it is to tens of thousands of Gophers fans. I fully understand what a privilege it is to have this job and I fully intend to honor the very best traditions of the maroon and gold. Go, Gophers! Rah!"
Verbrugge has been a part of Gopher athletic events for nearly 30 seasons. He began as the public address announcer at wrestling matches in 1988, and 10 years later, took over the microphone at 3M Arena at Mariucci. In 2001, Verbrugge was selected as the in-stadium voice of Gopher football games.
When away from campus, Verbrugge serves as the city manager for the City of Bloomington, a role he has held since 2015. He had previously worked in the same role in Brooklyn Park.
Verbrugge's first game as the Williams Arena public address announcer will come on Thursday, November 2 as the Gophers host Concordia-St. Paul in exhibition action.
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