Rutgers football announced Jerry Kill as the new offensive coordinator Monday. The ex-Gophers head coach is one of several former Minnesota coaches still working the in college athletics or in the broadcast booth.
Kill’s most recent move raised the question of “Where are they now?”
Jerry Kill, football
Kill led the Gophers football program for nearly five seasons before suddenly retiring in 2015 because of effects due to epilepsy. He quickly returned to college sports accepting a job at Kansas State as an associate athletic director overseeing football. On Monday, he became Rutgers’ highest paid assistant coach in school history.
Glen Mason, football
Mason was dismissed after 10 seasons leading the Gophers football program. His last season at Minnesota in 2006 ended a 21-year head coaching career. Mason is now a college football analyst and broadcaster for the Big Ten Network.
Tubby Smith, men’s basketball
Smith was fired as the Gophers men’s basketball in 2012-2013 and spent the next three seasons at Texas Tech. He led the Red Raiders back to the NCAA tournament last season and was named the Big 12 Coach of the Year. Smith accepted the Memphis head coaching job in April and has led the Tigers to an 8-3 start this season.
Dan Monson, men’s basketball
Monson led the Gophers men’s basketball program for seven full seasons from 1999-2006 and resigned after a 2-5 start in his eighth season. He was hired by Long Beach State in 2007 and has spent the past nine seasons leading the program with only one NCAA tournament appearance.
Pam Borton, women’s basketball
Borton was fired after 12 seasons leading the Gophers women’s basketball program. She led the program to six NCAA tournament berths, including two Sweet 16 and Final Four appearances, in the first seven seasons, but missed the tournament five straight years leading to her dismissal in 2014. She is no longer in college athletics, but recently released a book on leadership.
Doug Woog, men’s hockey
Woog coached the Gophers men’s hockey team to 12 NCAA tournament berths and won four WCHA regular-season championships in 14 seasons (1985-1999). He stepped down from the job in 1999 and eventually moved into a broadcasting job with Fox Sports North. He is now retired.
Laura Halldorson, women’s hockey
Halldorson was the first Gophers women’s hockey coach and helped build the program into a national powerhouse. She stepped down from the job in 2007 after 10 successful seasons and three national championships. She is retired from coaching, but briefly returned to coach Team USA in 2012.