The transition from athlete to coach isn’t always a smooth one, but Sarah Hopkins hasn’t had much trouble taking on the role of cultivating future Gopher stars. A two-time cross country captain during her running career at Minnesota, the Minneapolis native is in her 13th season coaching Gopher women’s cross country, her fifth leading the program. During that time, she’s helped coach 36 all-conference and 31 NCAA-qualifying distance runners. At home, Hopkins is also cultivating a future Gopher, where she spends most of her time along with her husband, Chris (a youth basketball coach), trying to keep up with their young son, Jack.
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