Fall Report: MinnesotaFall Report
As the all-time winningest coach in Big Ten history by a considerable margin, John Anderson understands how to build and sustain a culture of success at the collegiate level. In 38 years at the helm, he’s had just two losing seasons while leading the Golden Gophers to 18 NCAA Tournament appearances and earning conference Coach of the Year honors a remarkable eight times.
On the heels of a historic 2018 season where the Gophers won their first regional title since 1977, expectations were justifiably high for the 2019 campaign. Tabbed as the preseason Big Ten favorite by the coaches within the conference, Minnesota opened with a daunting non-conference schedule and dropped 11 of the first 13 games to open the season before righting the ship to finish with a 15-9 record against conference foes.
“We played the first 21 games on the road, that’s never easy,” said Anderson. “It takes a toll on your team physically. Coming out of the ‘18 campaign into ’19, we lost so much offense from that team; key players from that team offensively. I think the real challenge was trying to find ourselves offensively. I’m a firm believer that you don’t really have an understanding of where your offense is at until you get a couple hundred at-bats at the division one level. So, I think last year was really about getting our feet under ourselves offensively. As the year went on, we got better at that.”
“This might be the deepest and most talented pitching staff I’ve had in my career,” said Anderson. “I don’t say that very often but based on what I’ve seen, I feel that way.”
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