MIKE HEBERTGame 519 | October 2, 1997 | Laura Halldorson, Mike Hebert, Cheryl Littlejohn
All three of the Gophers' largest women's sports added new coaches in 1996 and 1997. Laura Halldorson took over the new hockey program in 1996. The team started play in 1997 and finished 21-7-3 in its first season. Mike Hebert came from a successful program at Illinois to take over Gopher volleyball in 1996. Over the next 12 years his teams became a national power with a record of 301-lll. Things didn't work as well for Cheryl Littlejohn who took over the basketball program from Linda Hill-MacDonald in 1997 and went 29-81 before being fired four years later
Game 552 | September 15, 1999 | Mike Hebert, Sue Montagne
When Women's Soccer was added as a varsity sport at the University of Minnesota in 1993, Sue Montagne was named head coach. She held that position through 1999, winning Big Ten championships for the Gophers in 1995 and 1997. Hebert, already a top coach at Illinois, came to Minnesota as head volleyball coach in 1996. His 1999 team made NCAA post-season play for the third time in four years, making it to the Sweet Sixteen. Hebert was named Big Ten Coach of the Year. Nicole Branagh and Lindsey Berg both were named first-team All Big Ten, and both played for the United States in the 2008 Olympics in Beijing.
Game 573 | November 8, 2000 | Mike Hebert, Gopher Volleyball Players
The Gopher volleyball team had its best year in the program's history up to that time in 2000. Coach Hebert brought along his three top players, Nicole Branaugh, Stephanie Hagen and Lindsey Berg. The team won 30 games and broke Penn State's 87-match home winning streak. The Gophers defeated Robert Morris and Arizona State before losing to UC Santa Barbara in the NCAA Sweet Sixteen. Branaugh and Berg both won medals in volleyball at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games.
Game 589 | September 27, 2001 | Mike Hebert
In the final year for setter Lindsey Berg and middle blocker Stephanie Hagen, Hebert's volleyball Gophers earned their third consecutive NCAA appearance. They defeated DePaul in opening-round play before losing in five games to Northern Iowa.
Game 729 | February 12, 2009 | Steve Plasentia, Gary Wilson, Mike Hebert, Mikki Denny Wright
Over the years many Gopher football, basketball, hockey and baseball coaches have visited Dunkers, but this provided an insight look at how coaches recruit and share scholarships to build winning programs in track, cross country, volleyball and soccer.
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