P.J. Fleck addressed a packed conference room Tuesday morning in Chicago, on the final day of the Big Ten Media Days. Fleck and three Gophers players took the trip to Illinois to talk with members of the media covering the conference. Gophers in attendance Running back Rodney Smith, defensive lineman Steven Richardson and linebacker Jonathan Celestin were all in attendance for Minnesota. Fleck called Smith the “personality” of the football team.
Jamie Trachsel was hired as the new head coach of Gophers softball, athletics director Mark Coyle announced on Monday.
Former Gophers forward Joey King took his talents overseas last year, where he played with a Finnish professional basketball team. Next season, King is overseas again, this time with a team in Belgium. “As of now, I’ve got a contract over there,” King said.
Head softball coach Jessica Allister is leaving the Gophers' program, athletics director Mark Coyle announced Tuesday. She will be heading to Stanford, her alma mater, to head the softball program. The Gophers' softball team reached a new level of success this year under Allister.
It’s a big Gophers hockey family reunion every Wednesday night at Braemar Arena in Edina, Minnesota. Gophers from every era can be found at the arena playing, coaching and watching hockey. “There’s a bunch of college guys out here, a lot of pro guys,” said Gophers player Tyler Nanne. “You can’t even pay to see those guys sometimes during the NHL season, so to see them here, locally, is pretty nice and convenient.”
Monday was going to be Tyler Hanson’s first day working full-time with Wells Fargo. He was set to hang up his cleats in exchange for a suit and tie.
Though her time with the Gophers is up, Sara Groenewegen is far from finished with fastpitch softball. In the 2017 National Pro Fastpitch draft, Groenewegen was selected second overall by the Akron Racers.
The Gophers are well represented at this year’s Minnesota Wild development camp, with current Gophers Leon Bristedt and Jack Sadek, and recent alumnus Justin Kloos all attending. The camp runs annually at the Xcel Energy Center in St.
Senior Conner McHugh represented the Gophers at the U.S. Nationals by breaking a program record that stood for nearly a decade. McHugh broke a 17-year-old course record in the 200-meter breaststroke. After the record-breaking time, he went to the finals, where he broke that same record with a 2:12.47. His 2:12.47 helped him win the B Finals.
Former Gophers basketball player Rachel Banham had her rookie season with the Connecticut Sun cut short in 2016 with a knee injury. Now, she is almost fully recovered and back in action on the court for her WNBA team.