University of Minnesota – Duluth

Katie Stark to Join UMD Women’s Basketball Coaching Staff

After her playing career ended, Stark spent this past season on the coaching staff for the UWS women's basketball team.

DULUTH, Minn. – Hayward native Katie Stark was a major part of the resurgence of the UMD women’s basketball team. And she had so much fun with the Bulldogs that she has decided to come back to help out her former head coach. Mandy Pearson announced this week that Stark will be joining her coaching staff for next season. Stark…

UMD Football Adds Two Members to Coaching Staff

KeyShawn Carter will be the new running backs coach, while Monay Swafford joins the Bulldogs to coach the cornerbacks.

DULUTH, Minn. – The UMD football team has added two new members to their coaching staff. KeyShawn Carter will be the new running backs coach, while Monay Swafford joins the Bulldogs to coach the cornerbacks. Carpenter is originally from Chicago and played running back at the University of Wisconsin-Stout. Swafford played corner for three years at Concordia Moorhead, then transferred…

UMD Researcher Looking Into Why Head Coaches Are Leaving Their Positions

The Mike Randolph situation has prompted more conversations about the role parents play in youth sports.

DULUTH, Minn. – The Mike Randolph situation has prompted more conversations about the role parents play in youth sports. Sean Bedard-Parker, a local soccer official who works in the education department at UMD, is currently researching organizational leadership in sports while trying to answer the question “why do people who are involved in the game decide to leave it?” “I…

UMD Releases 2021 Fall Schedules for Football, Volleyball, Women’s Soccer

All three teams will begin their seasons on the road on September 2nd.

DULUTH, Minn. – This week, UMD released their 2021 schedule for the upcoming fall sports season. The football team will open things up on the road September 2nd against Upper Iowa. Their home opener at Malosky Stadium will be September 11th against Minnesota State Mankato. The UMD volleyball team will also return to action September 2nd at the Michigan Tech…

UMD, Maura Crowell Agree to Four-Year Contract Extension

This comes after UMD clinched their first Frozen Four appearance since 2010.

DULUTH, Minn. – This week, UMD and women’s hockey head coach Maura Crowell agreed to a four-year contract extension that will keep her behind the Bulldog bench through 2026. This comes after UMD clinched their first Frozen Four appearance since 2010. In her six seasons with the Bulldogs, Crowell has led UMD to two NCAA tournament berths and recorded her…

UMD’s Maura Crowell Part of Group Proposing Expansion of NCAA Women’s Hockey Tournament

The group is looking to make some big changes, which includes expanding the field from eight teams to ten.

DULUTH, Minn. – The UMD women’s hockey coaching staff is part of a group of coaches across the nation who want to shake up the NCAA women’s hockey tournament. In a story first reported by Matt Wellens of the Duluth News Tribune, the group is looking to make some big changes, which includes expanding the field from eight teams to…

UMD’s Haleigh Reindl Earns First Outdoor All-American Status With Seventh Place Finish in 800-Meter Run Final

Reindl set a new PR with a time of 2:08.77, after she broke her old one Friday night in the preliminaries.

ALLENDALE, Mich. – UMD’s Haleigh Reindl finished seventh on Saturday in the 800-meter run final at the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships. Reindl set a new PR with a time of 2:08.77, after she broke her old one Friday night in the preliminaries, and it’s now her fastest 800-meter time she’s recorded during her collegiate career. Reindl also earns…

Former Clarkson Star Elizabeth Giguere Talks Joining UMD Women’s Hockey Team

Giguere is already familiar with the Bulldogs' roster, having played them during her sophomore and junior years.

DULUTH, Minn. – After a stellar four years at Clarkson University, Elizabeth Giguere has decided to take her talents to UMD as a graduate transfer. The Quebec City native admitted that the decision to leave the golden knights was very difficult. “I just had to think about myself and what would make me a better player and just start fresh,…

Coaches Corner: Josh Berlo

For this week's segment, we catch up with the UMD Athletic Director after he signed a contract extension to stay in Bulldog Country through June 2026.

DULUTH, Minn. – For this week’s Coaches Corner, we chat with UMD Athletic Director Josh Berlo after he signed a contract extension to stay in Bulldog Country through June 2026. Berlo talked about the success of the department this academic year and how he’s looking forward to getting crowds back at games following the pandemic. Categories: Coaches Corner, College, Friday…

UMD’s Haleigh Reindl Excited for Another Trip to Nationals

Reindl will take part in the 800-meter run for the second time in her career and fifth overall when combining the indoor track and field season.

DULUTH, Minn. – This weekend, UMD’s Haleigh Reindl will yet again represent the Bulldogs at the 2021 NCAA Division II outdoor track and field championships. Reindl will take part in the 800-meter run for the second time in her career and fifth overall when combining the indoor track and field season. She credits a lot of her success to head…

Former UMD Captain Parker Mackay Joins Former AJHL Team’s Coaching Staff

Mackay helped the Saints win two AJHL championships before coming to Duluth to lead UMD to back-to-back national titles.

IRMA, Alberta – Former UMD men’s hockey captain and two-time national champion Parker Mackay has joined the coaching staff of the Spruce Grove Saints in the Alberta Junior Hockey League. Mackay helped the Saints win two AJHL championships before coming to Duluth to lead UMD to back-to-back national titles. He turned pro after college, signing with the Texas Stars of…

2020 Patty Kazmaier Award Winner Elizabeth Giguere to Join UMD Women’s Hockey as Graduate Transfer

The 2020 Patty Kazmaier Award winner is Clarkson's all-time leading scorer.

DULUTH, Minn. – Thanks to the NCAA granting an extra year of eligibility due to the pandemic, the UMD women’s hockey team will be bringing back the vast majority of their roster that made it all the way to the Frozen Four this past season. And as if that wasn’t good news enough, the Bulldogs announced Wednesday that they will…

UMD Men’s Hockey Releases Schedule for 2021-2022 Season

The Bulldogs will open things up with a home-and-home series October 8th against Bemidji State.

DULUTH, Minn. – This week, the UMD men’s hockey team released their schedule for the upcoming season. The Bulldogs will open things up with a home-and-home series October 8th against Bemidji State. The regular season will end at home against St. Cloud State on March 4th. For the full schedule, click here. Categories: College, Sports, University of Minnesota – Duluth

Former Bulldogs Brodt, Rooney Invited to USA Women’s National Team Selection Camp

The camp is the first step in selection the players who will train together as part of preparing for the 2022 Olympic Winter Games. 

BLAINE, Minn. – Former UMD women’s hockey standouts Sydney Brodt and Maddie Rooney have been invited to the USA Women’s National Team Selection Camp. The camp is the first step in selection the players who will train together as part of preparing for the 2022 Olympic Winter Games. The camp will be held June 1-6 in Blaine, then Team USA…

UMD, Athletic Director Josh Berlo Agree to 3 Year Extension

Berlo's new contract will keep the Bulldog AD in Duluth until 2026.

DULUTH, Minn.– The University of Minnesota-Duluth announced this afternoon that Athletic Director Josh Berlo will be staying in Bulldog Country after signing a three-year contract extension Thursday. Berlo’s new contract will keep the Bulldog AD in Duluth until 2026. He first came to UMD in 2013 from Notre Dame and was named the NCAA Division II under Armour Athletic Director…

Laura Harmon Talks Challenges, Excitement of Leading Both UMD Men’s and Women’s Cross Country and Track Programs

Harmon will now oversee 86 athletes across both cross country and track and field programs. She's also now just one of two women to be leading men's programs in the NSIC.

DULUTH, Minn. – On Thursday, UMD Athletics named Laura Harmon as the head coach of the men’s cross country and track and field programs. And that’s a pretty big deal for multiple reasons. Harmon has spent the past three years as the head coach of the women’s programs at UMD and now she will lead both the men and women….

UMD Softball Eliminated from NSIC Tournament

UMD ends the season with a 32-15 record and 21-9 NSIC mark. 

ROCHESTER, Minn. – The Minnesota Duluth softball team had a rough day offensively on Friday, losing twice to get eliminated from the NSIC Tournament. Top seeded Augustana got the 5-3 win in the first game, then No. 3 seed Winona State took the same game 2-1 to end UMD’s season. In the first game, the Bulldogs led the defending national…

Laura Harmon Named UMD Men’s and Women’s Cross Country and Track and Field Coach

Harmon has been leading the women's programs for the past three seasons and has spent the past few months being the head coach for the men.

DULUTH, Minn. – UMD Athletics announced on Thursday that Laura Harmon has been named the head coach of both men’s and women’s cross country and track and field teams. Harmon has been leading the women’s programs for the past three seasons and has also spent the past few months being the interim head coach for the men. Harmon is now…

Sidney Zavoral’s Walk Off RBI Sends UMD Softball to Next Round of NSIC Tournament

Sam Pederson pitched a 13-inning complete game, allowing just six hits while striking out seven. 

ROCHESTER, Minn. – It would require extra innings, but Sidney Zavoral’s RBI single in the bottom of the 13th gave the UMD softball team the 1-0 walkoff win over Concordia-St. Paul to advance to the next round of the NSIC Tournament. The Bulldogs loaded the bases with two outs, then Zavoral’s single sent Jessica Bren home to score the lone…

UMD Softball Team Riding Hot Streak Into NSIC Tournament

UMD and Concordia-St. Paul will face off Thursday in Rochester in the first round. First pitch is set for noon. 

DULUTH, Minn. – It’s been a bit of a roller coaster of a season for the UMD softball team. But after a bit of a bumpy start, this Bulldogs squad mixed with veterans and 11 freshmen have found its groove and are playing their best softball heading into the conference tournament. And that’s big for the Bulldogs who will face…

Bell to Centralize With Canadian National Team in Calgary

Bell will play with Team Canada during the 2021-22 season in a lead up to the 2022 Olympic Winter Games.

DULUTH, Minn. – UMD defenseman Ashton Bell will centralize in Calgary with the Canadian National Women’s Team for the 2021-22 season. This means Bell will play with Team Canada during the season in a lead up to the 2022 Olympic Winter Games in Beijing. The UMD captain is coming off of an All-American season, tallying 14 points. Bell said she…

UMD Softball Ends Regular Season With Doubleheader Sweep of MSU-Moorhead

The Bulldogs finish the year with a 21-9 NSIC record and will now prepare for the NSIC Tournament. UMD will open the tournament on Thursday against Concordia-St. Paul.

DULUTH, Minn. – The Minnesota Duluth softball team’s bat stayed hot on Sunday, as the Bulldogs got the 8-0 and 7-1 wins over MSU-Moorhead to sweep the doubleheader. In the first game, the Bulldogs scored three runs in the fifth to end the game early. Hermantown’s Jordyn Thomas hit a solo home run and finished with 2 RBI. In the…

UMD Softball Sweeps Northern State on Mandy Matula Day

The doubleheader was this year's Domestic Violence Awareness Game, which UMD holds each year in honor of former player Mandy Matula who lost her life as a result of domestic violence in May 2013.

DULUTH, Minn. – A walkoff in the first game then a big third inning in the second game give the UMD softball team the 2-1 and 6-1 wins over Northern State to sweep the doubleheader. Taylor Koehnen hit a home run in the bottom of the 12th inning to give the Bulldogs the win. Jessica Bren also hit a home…

Hibbing’s Haley Hawkinson Signs NLI for UMD Women’s Basketball Team

This past season, Hawkinson became just the seventh player in program history to score 1,000 career points at Hibbing.

HIBBING, Minn. – This week, Hibbing’s Haley Hawkinson signed her National Letter of Intent to join the UMD women’s basketball team. Hawkinson says she’s glad she waited for the right opportunity and now, she has a chance to play college basketball right in her own backyard. “It was kind of big for me, but it was really big for my…

UMD Baseball Stun Minnesota Crookston in Doubleheader Sweep

The bats would get hot and stay hot for the UMD baseball team as the Bulldogs swept Minnesota Crookston.

DULUTH, Minn. – The bats would get hot and stay hot for the UMD baseball team as the Bulldogs swept Minnesota Crookston Wednesday afternoon at Bulldog Park. In Game 1, Henry George led off the game with a solo home run as UMD topped Crookston 9-8 in nine innings. And in Game 2, the Bulldogs jumped out to an early…

Former Bulldog, Thunderhawk Hunter Shepard Dazzles in AHL Debut

Shepard finished with 28 saves in a shutout win over the Lehigh Valley Phantoms.

HERSHEY, Pa. – It has been quite a journey in the pros so far for former UMD goalie Hunter Shepard. After an abrupt end to his college career last year, the Cohasset native signed a pro deal with the Hershey Bears, the AHL affiliate of the Washington Capitals. And after starting his career in the ECHL with the South Carolina…

UMD Baseball Powers Past Minot State in Series Finale

This was the first win for the Bulldogs at their true home field at Bulldog Park since May 4, 2019.

DULUTH, Minn. – The Minnesota Duluth baseball bats were hot on Sunday, scoring 10 runs off of 13 hits to get the 10-5 win over Minot State in the final game of the three-game series. Tosten Mann went 3-for-5 at the plate with 2 RBI while Anders Brown went 2-for-4 with three runs scored while McCale Peterson went 2-for-4 with…

UMD Baseball Sweep Southwest Minnesota State in Home Doubleheader

Trevor Gustafson and Tim Pokornowski would each homer for the Bulldogs.

DULUTH, Minn. – The UMD baseball team got the best of Southwest Minnesota State in both games as the Bulldogs swept the doubleheader over the Broncos. In Game One, Trevor Gustafson would hit his first home run of the season to help UMD win 5-1. And in Game Two, Cloquet native Tim Pokornowski would go yard as the Bulldogs picked…

UMD Softball Splits Doubleheader With Winona State in Top 5 NSIC Battle

Taylor Koehnen went 2-for-2 in the second game with a home run while Kelly Swank went 2-for-2 with 3 RBI.

DULUTH, Minn. – The Minnesota Duluth softball team welcomed in Winona State for a top-five NSIC battle, with the two squads splitting the doubleheader. Winona State scored eight runs in the seventh inning of game one to win it 8-3 but UMD came back to take the second game 4-2. Taylor Koehnen went 2-for-2 in the second game with a…

UMD Powers Past Upper Iowa to Sweep Doubleheader

The Bulldogs scored 21 runs, including four home runs, on 23 hits over the course of the doubleheader sweep.

DULUTH, Minn. – The Minnesota Duluth softball team scored 21 runs, including four home runs, on 23 hits over the course of two games to get the 13-2 and 8-0 wins over Upper Iowa to sweep the doubleheader. The second game stayed pretty quiet until the sixth inning, where the Bulldogs scored four runns to seal the win in only…

Noah Cates, Four Seniors Will Return Next Season for UMD Men’s Hockey Team

Along with the return of Cates, Matt Anderson, Louie Roehl, Kobe Roth and Koby Bender will all be back with team as fifth-year seniors.

DULUTH, Minn. – Last week, the UMD men’s hockey team said good-bye to three of their top forwards on the team. Nick Swaney, Jackson Cates and Cole Koepke all signed NHL deals and fans expected to hear about more Bulldogs going to the pros. But that won’t be the case. This week we learned that team captain Noah Cates will…

Little Wild Learn to Play Program Returns to Heritage Center for Seventh Season

The program is designed for first-time boys and girls hockey players ages five to nine, and teaches them the basics of skating by a few UMD women's hockey players.

DULUTH, Minn. – The 2021 Little Wild Learn to Play program returned to the Heritage Center on Sunday evening, which is in partnership with the Minnesota Wild and Minnesota Hockey, and is in its seventh season. It’s designed for first-time boys and girls hockey players ages five to nine, and teaches them the basics of skating and hockey. The kids…

UMD Baseball Splits Doubleheader With University of Mary

Trevor Gustafson belted his first home run of the season for the only Bulldogs run in game two.

DULUTH, Minn. – The Minnesota Duluth baseball team came out strong in the first game to get the 5-1 win but the bats went silent in the second game as the University of Mary got the 14-1 win as the teams split the nonconference doubleheader. In game two, Trevor Gustafson was the lone bright spot as he hit a solo…

UMD Football Returns to Field Against Michigan Tech in Spring Scrimmage

The Bulldogs will head to Minnesota State-Mankato next Saturday for the final scrimmage of the spring.

DULUTH, Minn. – The UMD football team returned to Malosky Field for the first time since November 2, 2019 on Saturday, hosting Michigan Tech in a spring scrimmage. The teams scrimmaged 7-on-7 to start and then played a full game. The scrimmage gave young players the chance to get some playing experience while all three quarterbacks took snaps under center…

UMD Football Return to Action for First Time in Nearly Two Years with “Spring Showdown”

The game will have a similar format to inter-squad spring games in the past with no live special teams plays and situational opportunities for both teams.

DULUTH, Minn. – This weekend, the UMD football team returns to action for a special “Spring Showdown” scrimmage with Michigan Tech. The game will have a similar format to inter-squad spring games in the past with no live special teams plays and situational opportunities for both teams. The difference this time around is that the players will be seeing a…

UMD Men’s Hockey Look Back on 2021 Season, Look Ahead to Future

The Bulldogs believe that sometimes, you can learn more from a defeat than you can from victory.

DULUTH, Minn. – This past season for the UMD men’s hockey team didn’t end the way they wanted it to. The Bulldogs made it to their fourth straight Frozen Four, but they were denied the chance for a third straight title After falling to UMass in the national semi-finals. It was their first loss in the NCAA tournament since the…

UMD Football Team to Host Michigan Tech for “Spring Showdown”

The Bulldogs will take on Michigan Tech Saturday at Malosky Stadium. Kickoff is set for 12 p.m.

DULUTH, Minn. – The UMD football team have made some changes to this weekend’s “Spring Showdown”. It will be down to just two teams as Northern Michigan and Bemidji State have dropped out. That means the Bulldogs will take on Michigan Tech Saturday at Malosky Stadium. Kickoff is set for 12 p.m. Categories: College, Sports, University of Minnesota – Duluth

UMD Forward, Hermantown Native Cole Koepke Signs Two-Year Deal with Tampa Bay

Koepke will join the Syracuse Crunch in the AHL for the remainder of the season on a professional tryout agreement.

DULUTH, Minn. – With the UMD men’s hockey season all wrapped up, the next order of business is finding out who is sticking around for next season and who is moving on. So far this week, Nick Swaney and Jackson Cates inked NHL deals, and another forward is also heading to the pros. Tuesday, junior Cole Koepke signed a two-year…

UMD’s Jackson Cates Signs with Philadelphia Flyers

Jackson was invited and participated in the Flyers annual summer development camp back in 2019.

PHILADELPHIA, Pa. – UMD junior forward Jackson Cates has signed a two-year deal with the Philadelphia Flyers. The Stillwater native increased his scoring each year in a Bulldogs uniform. He will join the team right away. This past season, Cates finished with 27 points in 28 games, helping UMD reach the Frozen Four. In total, he racked up 64 points…

UMD’s Nick Swaney Talks Joining Minnesota Wild Organization

Swaney will report Wednesday to the Iowa Wild and spend the rest of the season there.

DULUTH, Minn. – This past weekend, UMD standout Nick Swaney signed his first pro contract to join the Minnesota Wild. The Lakeville native says even with the choice of an extra year of eligibility, he felt that this was the right time to begin his professional career. “I think everyone at Duluth, too, knew that if I had the chance…

Nick Swaney Signs One-Year, Entry-Level Contract With Minnesota Wild

Swaney will report to the Iowa Wild of the AHL for the remainder of the season. He's the first current Bulldog to sign a professional contract this offseason.

ST. PAUL, Minn. – UMD men’s hockey senior forward Nick Swaney has signed a one-year, entry-level contract with the Minnesota Wild, the organization announced on Sunday. Swaney will report to the Iowa Wild of the AHL on an amateur tryout for the remainder of the season with his entry-level contract starting in the 2021-22 season. The alternate captain finished his…

Duluth Native Brett Larson Leads St. Cloud State to First-Ever National Title Game

The Denfeld alum graduated from UMD, and even won two national titles with the Bulldogs as a member of Scott Sandelin's coaching staff.

PITTSBURGH, Pa. – Despite UMD’s loss in the Frozen Four, there will be some Northland representation in Saturday’s national championship game as St. Cloud state will play in its their first ever title game, led by head coach and Duluth native Brett Larson. The Denfeld alum graduated from UMD, and even won two national titles with the Bulldogs as Scott…

UMD Men’s Hockey Fall in Overtime to UMass in Frozen Four Semi-Finals

Tanner Laderoute and Cole Koepke each scored for the Bulldogs, as they lost their first overtime playoff game since March of 1984.

PITTSBURGH, Pa. – Minnesota native Garrett Wait scored the game-winning goal in overtime as UMass held on for the 3-2 win over the UMD men’s hockey team in the Frozen Four national semi-finals. Tanner Laderoute and Cole Koepke each scored for the Bulldogs, as they lost their first overtime playoff game since March of 1984. UMD’s season ends with an…

UMD Dance Team to Compete at Nationals Virtually

And since they won't be travelling down to nationals, the team will be able to record their video in front of their own fans.

DULUTH, Minn. – The UMD dance team will be competing at nationals for the sixth straight year. But instead of heading down to Orlando, Florida, the team will work on their routine back at home. The Bulldogs usually start their season with summer camps, but those were cancelled due to the pandemic. They finally got the green light in January…

Wendy Sandelin, Wife of UMD Coach Scott Sandelin, Talks Hectic Week at Frozen Four

She will have a rooting interest in both semi-final games as her husband Scott is the head coach at UMD and her son Ryan plays for Minnesota State Mankato.

PITTSBURGH, Pa. – For this week’s Frozen Four, one person will have a rooting interest in both semi-final games. That person is Wendy Sandelin, the wife of UMD men’s hockey head coach Scott Sandelin and the mother of Minnesota State Mankato forward Ryan Sandelin. “You realize it’s a possibility. And then you start to realize no it’s really a possibility….

UMD Men’s Hockey to Face Shorthanded UMass in Frozen Four Semi-Finals

Puck drop between the Bulldogs and the Minutemen is set for 8 p.m.

PITTSBURGH, Pa. – We are less than 24 hours away from the national semi-final showdown between the UMD men’s hockey team and the University of Massachusetts. But 24 hours ago, the Minutemen were hit with a massive bombshell. UMass announced that four players, including their leading goal-scorer and their starting goalie, will be out for Thursday’s game due to COVID-19…

Six Hermantown Hockey Players to Take Part in Frozen Four

Koepke, Jacques, Sandelin and Aamodt were all teammates at Hermantown when the Hawks won their first of back to back state titles in 2016.

PITTSBURGH, Pa. – Thursday’s Frozen Four will feature a lot of representation from the state of Minnesota. Nearly 40% of the players are from the state of hockey, more than the other 49 states combined. And the largest local group comes from Hermantown. Six former Hawks are taking part in the Frozen Four: UMD’s Cole Koepke, Jesse Jacques, Blake Biondi…

Pederson’s No-Hitter Powers UMD Softball to Home Sweep of Minnesota Crookston

It was also a big day for Cloquet alum Kiana Bender, who homered in each game.

DULUTH, Minn. – North Branch native Sam Pederson would finish with her first career no-hitter as the UMD softball team blanked Minnesota Crookston 10-0 in Game One and picked up the sweep with a 9-1 win in Game Two Tuesday at Malosky Stadium. It was also a big day for Cloquet alum Kiana Bender, who homered in each game. The…

UMD Men’s Hockey Team Not Taking For Granted Fourth Straight Frozen Four

The Bulldogs will face UMass in the national semifinals on Thursday. Puck drop is set for 8:00 p.m. 

DULUTH, Minn. – It’s officially Frozen Four week for the UMD men’s hockey team, a place they have been to four straight times. And while the accomplishment is impressive, it’s just business as usual for the players. “We’ve had three shots at it in my career, my class and we’ve got there every single year so it’s pretty special. This…