Game 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 560 | February 15, 2000 | Gopher Women's Coaches
Women's Athletic Director Chris Voelz introduced head coaches in three women's sports --basketball, hockey and gymnastics. Cheryl Littlejohn coached the basketball team from 1997-2001. Laura Halldorson launched the hockey program in 1996 and held the top job for the next 11 years. Husband and wife team, Jim and Meg Stephenson, came to Minnesota in 1982 and continued to coach the gymnastics team through the 2008 season.
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