Golden Gophers Coaches Caravan

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[It was Wednesday.  Temperature over 80.  Really?  A day of a thousand other things going on, but so it happens.  And here they come – to the Alexandria Golf Club.]

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[An avid Patchouli fan was there . . . apparently thought it was a music event.]

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[And here comes the Supervisor.]

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[Eats and soft drinks abound . . . well, unless you didn’t want soft drinks.]

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[I then joined the “movers and shakers” of the AGC on the topside deck.]

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[Emcee Mike Grimm and Goldy set the early pace.]

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[Baseball coach John Anderson, sitting just below us, is acknowledged.]

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[Athletic Director Norwood Teague leads off the program and introduces the coaches – here assistant football coach Tracy Claeys.]

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[Then wrestling coach J Robinson sitting at our table – well, the table I left to join the “movers and shakers.”  The Super was keeping an eye on things downstairs.]

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[Coach Claeys was filling in for “Ole Jer,” who was at a daughter’s wedding.  That’s an excused absence.]

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[John Anderson again, brother Cam’s favorite coach because baseball is his favorite sport.]

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[Mens’ golf coach John Carlson from Bagley . . . and a CPF of Tom Lehman.  Somehow, and shame on me, I missed a photo of women’s golf coach Michele Redman.]

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[Women’s swimming and diving coach Terry Ganley, whose teams have won four straight Big Ten titles.]

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[Women’s soccer coach Stefanie Golan.]

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[J Robinson again.]

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[Basketball coach Rick Pitino.  I guess I missed assistant hockey coach Mike Guentzel filling in for head coach Don Lucia, who was recruiting in Alaska.]

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[An old alum (both of Alex and the ‘U’), who just happened to be the first execute a 360 slam dunk in a sanctioned game (OK, I could touch the bottom of the net), won a ball signed by women’s basketball coach Marlene Stollings.  Thanks coach, we hope to be down for a game or two this year.]

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[As the event was ending, the Super and I immediately repaired to the high school for a Community Education class taught by daughter Jami.  The section softball and track tournaments, which I’d hoped to attend, were ongoing.  Anyway, we locked up the school when we left.]

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[We were greeted by the Cardinalmobile on the way out . . . and sadly noticed a lot of the trees planted here last fall (and on Broadway, incidentally) don’t appear to have survived the winter.]

I know no more about women today than when I was in high school.  ~  David Letterman

Up next:  Bulgaria, some more.

Addendum:  We received the following photos of Goldy Gopher with some lady at the event.  Thanks to Shawn Ostendorf, of the local UMAA chapter board of directors, for taking the photos.  And in the background of the last Goldy picture, we see the new CEO of the beverage cart, Cardinal alum, class of 2014, Emily Kuennen.  We got a chance to visit; you may recall Emily’s exploits for the Cards in softball and volleyball.

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