Breaking the Surface

After nearly 10 rocky years on the job, UM Women's Athletic Director Chris Voelz finally has plenty to smile about.

Diana Watters

Altogether, the support that she had suspected resided in the Twin Cities for women's athletics did materialize, it just took some time. It took time, Voelz says, for her to learn to work in an area where everyone, from donors to parents to legislators to news columnists, are constituents with an opinion. "It was great at the beginning, tough in the middle. But we're very well-positioned in the community now. When I got here there was an infancy about us. Now, after 10 years of evolving, we're poised to have a fabulous next decade."

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