University of Minnesota – Duluth

UMD Volleyball Hosts Large Youth Camp

Romano gym held around 140 campers Tuesday.

DULUTH, Minn.- The UMD Volleyball team held their first camp of the summer and had quite the turn out of future volleyball stars. Romano gym held around 140 campers Tuesday, with girls ranging from fifth to eighth grade and traveling to Duluth from across the Midwest and even parts of Canada. Head Coach Jim Boos says the sport is growing…

UMD Women’s Basketball Holds Youth Camp

The women's basketball team will be holding a few different camps this summer, including another youth camp in July

DULUTH, Minn.- The women’s basketball team held a camp for girls ranging from ages 3rd grade to 8th grade Wednesday. The campers focused on the basics of basketball through drills and instruction from their favorite Bulldogs and coaches. Coach Mandy Pearson says she wants to see players at all levels find their love for the game. “I want everybody that…

UMD Football Hosts High School Team Camp

The camp welcomed more than 700 high school football players to the campus.

DULUTH, Minn.- On Wednesday UMD football wrapped up their first team camp of the summer with 21 high school teams from across Minnesota and Wisconsin participating. Malosky Stadium was packed with more than 700 high school football players who came out with their teams for a three-day full contact camp that allowed guys to line up against another team in…

UMD Men’s Basketball Names Ryan Kirsch Assistant Coach

Kirsch helped lead his previous team to a 92-28 overall record since 2018.

DULUTH, Minn.- The UMD Men’s basketball team has added Ryan Kirsch as the newest addition to the coaching staff. Kirsch brings plenty of experience to the Bulldogs sidelines, having coached at Kirkwood Community College since 2018 where he helped lead the Eagles to a 92-28 record in his time with the program and was even named to Under Armor’s top…

UMD Football Names Loren Endsley as Offensive Line Coach

Endsley and his offensive line will take the field at home September 1 against Southwest Minnesota State. 

  DULUTH, Minn.- You win football games up front, and one of the most important positions on the field is the offensive line. Besides, what is a great offense without a great wall up front. Back in April, former UMD left guard Garth Heikkinen stepped down as O-line coach to pursue an opportunity outside of football. Recently, the Bulldogs have…

UMD Men’s Basketball Hosts Youth Camp

The Bulldogs still have four more weeks of camps available for registration in June and July for ages K-12.

DULUTH, Minn.- The UMD Men’s basketball team hosted their annual elementary school basketball camp at the Romano Gym Wednesday morning. Over one hundred kids kindergarten through fifth grade participated in the camp that focused on basketball drills but the kids also got the opportunity to work hands on with their favorite Bulldogs. “It brings a lot of energy to our…

Karen Stromme Puts Retirement on Hold

Stromme will step into the athletic director role temporarily.

DULUTH, Minn.- Karen Stromme announced her retirement back in May, however with UMD’s current athletic director Josh Berlo transitioning out of the university, Stromme will step into the role as AD until a permanent one is found. Stromme has worked as the University’s senior associate athletic director for internal operations and senior woman administrator, as well as compiling impressive accolades…

UMD Football Hosts Skills Camp for High Schoolers

The Bulldogs will be hosting camps all summer for athletes of all ages.

DULUTH, Minn.- The UMD football team hosted their second camp of the summer Monday, as hopeful future Bulldogs came from all across the Midwest to showcase their skills and for coaches to take a look at the future of their program. “Camps like today give us an opportunity to evaluate both personally, athletically and mentally kids, really throughout the Midwest…

Scott Sandelin Signs Two-Year Extension with UMD Men’s Hockey

The Hibbing native has been with the program for the past 22 seasons and has led the Bulldogs to seven straight NCAA tournament appearances and 11 overall during his tenure.

DULUTH, Minn. – UMD and men’s hockey head coach Scott Sandelin have agreed to a two-year contact that will keep him with the team through the 2026-27 season. The Hibbing native has been with the program for the past 22 seasons and has led the Bulldogs to seven straight NCAA tournament appearances and 11 overall during his tenure. That also…

Josh Berlo Leaving UMD to Become Athletic Director at Denver

Since his arrival in Duluth, 15 of the 16 Bulldog teams have reached the NCAA tournament, which includes back-to-back national championships for men's hockey team.

DULUTH, Minn. – In his nine years as UMD’s athletic director, Josh Berlo has led the Bulldogs to their most successful era in recent memory. And now, he will be taking on a new challenge at another school. Berlo has been named the new athletic director at the University of Denver. Since his arrival in Duluth, 15 of the 16…

UMD’s Isabelle Brezinka Earns All-American Honors at NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships

The senior finished Saturday's 800m final in 7th place with a time of 2:09.71. Brezinka is the first Bulldog since Haleigh Reindl in 2019 to earn All-American status

ALLENDALE, Mich. – The NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships wrapped up on Saturday and UMD’s Isabelle Brezinka is taking home First-Team All-American honors for the first time in her career. The senior finished Saturday’s 800m final in 7th place with a time of 2:09.71. In Friday’s prelim, Brezinka set a new personal best of 2:08.23 which was the third…

UMD’s Karen Stromme and Gary Holquist Announce Retirement

The duo announced they will be retiring come June of this year.

DULUTH, Minn.- After a combined 75 years involved with the UMD athletic department, Karen Stromme and Gary Holquist have announced they will be retiring this June. A special ceremony was held Thursday at Romano Gym to honor the husband and wife duo who have held many positions over the years with UMD from coaching to administration. One thing they say…

UMD’s Isabelle Brezinka Set to Make First Appearance at Nationals

In her final year at UMD, Brezinka will make her first appearance at nationals.

DULUTH, Minn. – Bright and early Tuesday morning, UMD’s Isabelle Brezinka ran around the track at Malosky Stadium one last time before she hit the road to head to the NCAA outdoor track and field championships. The fifth-year senior, who is going to nationals for the first time in her career, qualified for the 800-meter run thanks to her performance…

Tanner Laderoute Named UMD Men’s Hockey Team Captain; Luke Loheit, Quinn Olson to Serve as Assistants

Laderoute served as an assistant captain last season and was named a finalist for the NCHC's Defensive Forward of the Year award.

DULUTH, Minn. – UMD men’s hockey forward Tanner Laderoute has been named team captain for the upcoming season. The fifth-year senior served as an assistant captain last season and was named a finalist for the NCHC’s Defensive Forward of the Year award. Senior forwards Quinn Olson and Luke Loheit will serve as assistant captains. Last season, Olson tallied career-highs in…

UMD to Host Live Panel to Celebrate Anniversary of Title IX

Among those scheduled to speak are former Bulldogs goaltender Maddie Rooney and senior associate athletic director Karen Stromme.

DULUTH, Minn. – Next week, UMD will be hosting a special live guest panel to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Title IX. The event will take place Tuesday, May 24th at 3 p.m. at the Marshall Performing Arts Center on the UMD campus. It will be free of charge and livestreamed for those who can’t attend in person. Among those…

Former UMD Football Star, Duluth Native Noah Pauley Selected for Coaching Fellowship with Green Bay Packers

The former Duluth Central High School star will join the Packers for the next two months to focus on wide receivers, a position he currently coaches at North Dakota State in Fargo.

DULUTH, Minn. – As part of the NFL’s Bill Walsh Diversity Coaching Fellowship, the Green Bay Packers have announced that 12 coaches will be joining their staff and one of them is a Duluth native. Former Duluth Central High School star Noah Pauley will join the Packers for the next two months to focus on wide receivers, a position he…

UMD’s Naomi Rogge Serving as Assistant Coach with Duluth Girls Lacrosse Team

Rogge was a three-time state champion for her high school lacrosse team at Eden Prairie before she decided to skate for the Bulldogs.

DULUTH, Minn. – UMD’s Naomi Rogge is known for many things. She’s one of the top scorers on the women’s hockey team. She’s a multi-time scholar athlete in the WCHA. And now, she’s a varsity lacrosse coach in Duluth. This season, Rogge has been an assistant coach for the Wolfpack girls lacrosse team. She was a three-time state champion for…

UMD Volleyball Announces 2022 Schedule

The Bulldogs will open at the St. Cloud State/Concordia-St. Paul tournament August 26 and 27.

DULUTH, Minn. – The UMD volleyball team has released their 2022 schedule as the season is just three months away. The Bulldogs will open at the St. Cloud State/Concordia-St. Paul tournament August 26 and 27. They will then head to Indy the following weekend for four games at the University of Indianapolis tournament. UMD will open NSIC play on Sept….

UMD Baseball’s Season Comes to an End in NSIC Tournament Semifinals

UMD ends their season with a 25-25 overall record. 

BRANDON, S.D. – The UMD baseball team’s Cinderella run came to an end on Saturday in the NSIC Tournament semifinals as Augustana got the 11-1 win to eliminate the Bulldogs. Earlier in the day, UMD got the 6-4 win over Minot State thanks to Tosten Mann hitting three home runs. The Bulldogs were picked to finish 13 in the NSIC…

Hughes, Bell, Hanley Named Captains for UMD Women’s Hockey

DULUTH, Minn. — The UMD women’s hockey team revealed its team captains for the upcoming season. Defenseman Ashton Bell and centers Gabbie Hughes and Kylie Hanley will be sporting the “C” for the Bulldogs. It will be the second time Bell and Hanley have served as captains while Hughes was an alternate captain last season. The trio are part of…

Seven Seniors Set to Return Next Season for UMD Women’s Hockey Team

The group has been part of the first back-to-back Frozen Four appearances for the program in over a decade.

DULUTH, Minn. – The UMD women’s hockey team announced Wednesday that seven seniors will be returning next season. The group includes Gabbie Hughes, Naomi Rogge, Ashton Bell, Kylie Hanley, Taylor Anderson, Anneke Linser and Maggie Flaherty. This comes as last month, goaltender Emma Soderberg announced that she would be returning for her fifth year with the Bulldogs. The group has…

UMD Baseball Team Shatters Pre-Season Expectations with First NSIC Tournament Berth Since 2017

UMD will open up against Minnesota State Mankato. First pitch on Wednesday is set for 6:30 p.m.

DULUTH, Minn. – The NSIC pre-season polls had the UMD baseball team ranked 13th out of 14 going into the 2022 season. Those expectations are a distant memory as the Bulldogs would end up finishing sixth in the conference. We wrote that on the whiteboard in the locker room, kind of like a motivation kind of thing because we knew…

Former UMD Women’s Hockey Captain Jess Healy Signs with PHF’s Buffalo Beauts

Healy spent the past three seasons in Sweden's SDHL, serving as an alternate and team captain of her team.

BUFFALO, N.Y. – Former UMD women’s hockey captain Jess Healy has signed a two-year contract with the Buffalo Beauts of the PHF. Healy spent the past three seasons in Sweden’s SDHL, serving as an alternate and team captain of her team. In 105 regular season games, she tallied 21 goals and 58 assists. Internationally, Healy played for Team Canada in…

UMD’s Heikkinen Steps Down as O-Line Coach

Heikkinen was a Bulldog from 2008 to 2012.

DULUTH, Minn.- UMD football offensive line coach Garth Heikkinen is stepping down from his role to pursue opportunities outside of football. Heikkinen played for the Bulldogs for 2008 to 2012, starting in a program-record 54 consecutive games. In his senior campaign he was named the Gene Upshaw division two lineman of the year and by the end of his college…

Season Ends at NSIC Tournament for UMD Softball Team

UMD finishes the year with an overall record of 39-16.

ROCHESTER, Minn. – The UMD softball team defeated Southwest Minnesota State 1-0 to avoid elimination from the NSIC tournament. But a loss to Minnesota State Mankato in the following game 3-2 ended the season for the Bulldogs. UMD finishes the year with an overall record of 39-16. Categories: College, Sports, University of Minnesota – Duluth

Former UMD Men’s Hockey Captain, Esko Native Karson Kuhlman Named to U.S. Men’s National Team

The IIHF world championships will begin next Friday in Finland.

COLRADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Former UMD men’s hockey captain Karson Kuhlman has been named to the U.S. men’s national roster that will compete at the IIHF men’s world championships. The Esko native has split time this season in the NHL with the Boston Bruins and the Seattle Kraken. This past weekend, Kuhlman played in his 100th career NHL game. The…

Fun and Games for Kids at UMD BMSE’s Sports Camp

The BMSE group says it hopes to make the camp a regular event moving forward.

DULUTH, Minn. – Public Schools Stadium was the place to be Wednesday for kids to get outside and enjoy the weather with their favorite UMD Bulldogs. The Black Men Serving Excellence group hosted a special sports camp at Denfeld High School. The event was free to the public and featured several activities including football, soccer and tug of war. Organizers…

UMD Baseball Sweeps Southwest Minnesota State in Home Finale

The Bulldogs will close out their regular season with a three-game road series against Bemidji State.

DULUTH, Minn. – The UMD baseball team would score seven runs in third inning to get the win over Southwest Minnesota State 10-7 Tuesday afternoon at Wade Stadium. And in Game 2, the Bulldogs knocked off the Mustangs 8-6 to sweep the doubleheader. Categories: College, Sports, University of Minnesota – Duluth

UMD BMSE Student Group to Host Free Sports Camp at Public Schools Stadium

The camp is open to boys and girls ages K through 8th grade and there is no need to register in advance.

DULUTH, Minn. – Throughout the year, UMD hosts several camps, whether it’s with the women’s basketball team or the football team. And later this week, the Bulldogs will host another one with a special goal. A free sports camp will take place this Wednesday at Denfeld High School’s Public Schools Stadium. The event is hosted by the UMD Black Men…

Northern Star: Jordyn Thomas

Thomas is a 5th year senior, a captain and VP of the Green Bandana Project.

DULUTH, Minn.– Jordyn Thomas is a superstar on the softball field, holding the all-time home run record at UMD. But, when Covid struck in 2020, ending her season along with athletes across the country, Thomas was granted a fifth year of eligibility. “I kind of just made the decision that you only get so many years of playing the sport…

Former UMD, CSS Defenseman Brenden Kotyk Named Head Coach of South Carolina Stingrays

Kotyk led the team to a 10-8 record which included a season-best five-game win streak and victories in seven of their final nine games.

NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. – This week, the ECHL’s South Carolina Stingrays named former UMD and St. Scholastica men’s hockey player Brenden Kotyk their new head coach. The 30-year-old took over as interim head coach back in early March and since then, he led the team to a 10-8 record which included a season-best five-game win streak and victories in seven…

Big Day at the Plate Helps UMD Softball Sweep Sioux Falls on Senior Day

In addition to alumni and senior day, it was also Mandy Matula Day, as the Bulldogs honored former UMD softball player who was killed in 2013 in an act of domestic violence.

DULUTH, Minn. – A 8-0 win in five innings in game one and a walk-off 7-6 win in eight innings in game two gave the Minnesota Duluth softball team the doubleheader sweep of Sioux Falls on Sunday afternoon on senior day. The Bulldogs scored all eight runs of the first game in the fifth inning to seal the walk-off win….

UMD Football Team Embraces Cold Temps for Annual Spring Game

The Bulldogs await their season opener this fall, which is set for September 1st at home against Southwest Minnesota State.

DULUTH, Minn.– After four weeks of practices, the UMD football team took the field for their annual spring game, as family and friends gathered at Malosky Stadium. The practices leading up to the spring game have been spotty at best, due to unpredictable weather this past month. “We’ve done practiced in the snow, sleet, rain, had some practices on the…

UMD Softball Debuts at #10 in NCAA Central Region Rankings

The Bulldogs are currently 29-12 on the season, including 14-6 in the NSIC.

DULUTH, Minn. – The UMD softball team comes in at #10 in the first NCAA Central Region rankings. The Bulldogs are currently 29-12 on the season, including 14-6 in the NSIC. UMD was schedule to host Southwest Minnesota State Saturday, but that doubleheader has been moved to Monday due to weather. Bulldogs will still host Sioux Falls Sunday for Senior…

UMD Baseball Team Drops Home Doubleheader to Minnesota Crookston

The Bulldogs will be back in action Friday as they travel to face Northern State in a three-game series. 

DULUTH, Minn. – Senior Tosten Mann would hit a home run in the second game of the doubleheader, but the UMD baseball team would drop both games as Minnesota Crookston wins 5-2 and 10-5 Thursday afternoon at Wade Stadium. The Bulldogs will be back in action Friday as they travel to face Northern State in a three-game series. Categories: College,…

UMD Football Team Set for Annual Spring Game at Malosky Stadium

The UMD spring game is set to kickoff at 5:30 p.m. at Malosky Stadium.

DULUTH, Minn. – This Friday, the UMD football team will host its annual spring game. The Bulldogs took advantage of Tuesday’s weather as they wrap up the fourth and final week of spring practices. And despite the snowy disruptions, the team says it was a very productive month of work as they get back into the swing of things. “Spring…

UMD Softball Splits With Upper Iowa, Baseball Swept by University of Mary

The UMD softball bats came alive to earn a doubleheader split, while the UMD baseball team couldn't complete a late road rally.

FAYETTE, Iowa – The Minnesota Duluth softball bats came alive on Saturday, as the Bulldogs took game one 10-1 at Upper Iowa but the Peacocks won game two 14-6 to split the doubleheader. Jordyn Thomas led the way with grand slam and five RBI on the day. Lauren Dixon allowed just one run on four hits in five innings of…

UMD’s Green Bandana Project, Campus Police Announce Partnership to Increase Mental Health Awareness

All UMD squad cars will feature decals with the Green Bandana Project's logo as both groups look to reduce the stigma of talking about mental health.

DULUTH, Minn. – Earlier this year, UMD’s Green Bandana Project, which brings awareness to the mental health of student athletes, was give the Award of Excellence from the NCAA. And the group’s work never stops as this week, they announced a special on-campus partnership. The Green Bandana Project is teaming up with the UMD Police Department to increase its message…

Emma Soderberg to Return for Fifth Year with UMD Women’s Hockey Team

Soderberg wrapped up her senior season earning Goalie of the Month honors for march from the Hockey Commissioners Association, thanks to her stellar run in the NCAA tournament.

DULUTH, Minn. – UMD senior goaltender Emma Soderberg has notified the women’s hockey team that she will be returning next season for her fifth year with the program. Soderberg says at first, she was unsure about coming back. But the team’s loss in the national title game definitely influenced her decision after she had some conversations with her family, as…

Former UMD Forward, Cloquet Native Koby Bender Talks Moving On to the Pros

Former UMD men's hockey forward Koby Bender signed a tryout contract with the Bridgeport Islanders of the AHL.

BRIDGEPORT, Mass. – Former UMD men’s hockey forward Koby Bender signed a tryout contract with the Bridgeport Islanders of the AHL. The Cloquet native says he asked many of his teammates for advice, including what it’s like to live like a professional athlete. “Going from college and living with roommates and all that stuff for the past five years. I…

UMD’s Jesse Jacques, Tanner Laderoute Set to Return Next Season as Fifth-Year Seniors

Both were freshmen at UMD when the Bulldogs won their second straight national title back in 2019.

DULUTH, Minn. – In a week filled with departures from the UMD men’s hockey team, Wednesday we found out that a pair of Bulldogs will be back next season. Tanner Laderoute and Jesse Jacques will return for their fifth year with the program. Both were freshmen at UMD when the Bulldogs won their second straight national title back in 2019….

Texas Stars Sign Former UMD Forward Kobe Roth

The Warroad native wrapped up his final season with the Bulldogs with a career-high in points with 29.

CEDAR PARK, Texas – Former UMD forward Kobe Roth has been signed by the Texas Stars. The Warroad native wrapped up his final season with the Bulldogs with a career-high in points with 29. In five seasons at UMD, Roth scored 97 points in 176 games, helping the Bulldogs reach four consecutive Frozen Fours, five straight NCAA Tournament appearances and…

Burkhardt Powers UMD Softball to Doubleheader Sweep Over Bemidji State

The Bulldogs will look to extend their five-game win streak Friday afternoon against Winona State.

DULUTH, Minn. – Sophomore Kat Burkhadt would hit a home run in each game as the UMD softball team defeated Bemidji State 10-2 in Game 1 and 13-2 in Game 2 Tuesday afternoon at Malosky Stadium. The Bulldogs will look to extend their five-game win streak Friday afternoon against Winona State. Categories: College, Sports, University of Minnesota – Duluth

UMD Baseball Splits Doubleheader Against Wayne State

The Bulldogs would get three RBI each from Trevor Gustafson, Sam Tanner and Austin Gordon in Game 2.

DULUTH, Minn. – The UMD baseball team jumped out to a 6-1 lead after two innings and didn’t look back as they topped Wayne State 8-2 Tuesday morning at Wade Stadium. And in Game 2, the Wildcats would come out on top in a high-scoring marathon 15-14 in 11 innings. The Bulldogs would get three RBI each from Trevor Gustafson,…

UMD Baseball Falls in Home Opener, Softball Sweeps Concordia-St. Paul

The UMD baseball team couldn't fight back late, while the UMD softball team scored their runs in bunches to pick up the doubleheader sweep.

DULUTH, Minn. – The Minnesota Duluth baseball team returned to home Sunday for the first time all season but couldn’t overcome an early deficit, as Winona State got the 6-3 win. UMD falls to 11-13 and will wrap up the series with Winona State in a doubleheader on Monday. First pitch is set for 10:30 a.m. Meanwhile, the UMD softball…

Strong Pitching Leads UMD Softball to Doubleheader Split With Minnesota State Mankato

Lauren Dixon finished with 13 strikeouts in game one while Sam Pederson struck out five and did not walk a batter in the shutout win in game two.

DULUTH, Minn. – The Minnesota Duluth and No. 18 Minnesota State Mankato softball teams traded shutouts on Saturday, as the Mavericks won game one 3-0 in extras while the Bulldogs took game two 2-0 to split the doubleheader. Lauren Dixon finished with 13 strikeouts in game one while Sam Pederson struck out five and did not walk a batter in…

Former UMD Goalie Ryan Fanti Earns Second Team All-American Honors

Last week, the junior netminder signed a two-year deal with the Edmonton Oilers and is currently with the Bakersfield Condors of the AHL on an amateur tryout contract

BOSTON, Mass. – Former UMD goalie Ryan Fanti has earned Second Team All-American honors from the American Hockey Coaches Association. Last week, the junior netminder signed a two-year deal with the Edmonton Oilers and is currently with the Bakersfield Condors of the AHL on an amateur tryout contract for the remainder of the season. Fanti wrapped up his UMD career…

UMD Baseball Gets Road Sweep Over Sioux Falls

The UMD baseball team swept Sioux Falls 7-3 in Game 1 and 11-6 in Game 2.

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – The UMD baseball team swept Sioux Falls 7-3 in Game 1 and 11-6 in Game 2. The Bulldogs will have their home opener on Sunday as they will host Winona State for a double header, followed by a single game on Monday. The series will take place at Wade Stadium. Categories: College, Sports, University of Minnesota…

Dixon Twirls Gem as UMD Softball Sweeps Northern State

Sophomore pitcher Lauren Dixon allowed just one hit and one walk in six innings of work while striking out 15 batters.

ABERDEEN, S.D. – Sophomore pitcher Lauren Dixon allowed just one hit and one walk in six innings of work while striking out 15 batters as the UMD softball team defeated Northern State 8-0 in Game 1 of their doubleheader series. In Game 2, the Bulldogs would combine to score 12 runs in the second and third innings as they topped…