Saturday, February 14, 2009

Former Hoffman-Kensington Patriot three-sport athlete will provide color commentary for webcasting of UM-Morris athletic events

Details for the following post are related to the University of Minnesota-Morris webcasting of various athletic events for the Cougars sports program. The link to follow to what is talked about is

"Mary Asche joins CSN webcast team"

Posted by Mike Cihak on Monday, Jan. 5, 2009

Mary Asche, a former UMM Cougar basketball player and successful three-sport coach in volleyball, basketball and softball at Morris Area High School, has been named color analyst during web casts of University of Minnesota, Morris women’s basketball games on the Cougar Sports Network (CSN). Asche will join Paul Schwarz, play-by-play announcer for UMM Women Cougar Basketball home games webcast on CSN beginning January 6th 2009.

“Mary Asche brings with her the experience of playing and coaching the game at all levels,” says Paul Schwarz, play-by-play announcer for the Cougar Sports Network. “Like Mark {Torgerson, CSN men’s analyst] she is local talent that has not only played at a high level in high school at three sports, but has coached them as well.”

Entering her tenth year teaching physical education at Morris Area High School, Asche has coached girl’s volleyball for the past eleven years, girl’s basketball for 13 years and girl’s softball for 11 years. “Whenever I broadcast games that Mary coached, I always loved what she had to say,” says Schwarz. “She is truly one of my favorite coaches to interview. It’s exciting that she will bring that insight to Cougar's women’s basketball."

After Asche graduated from Hoffman-Kensington High School as a successful three-sport athlete, she graduated from the University of Minnesota, Morris in 1995 and later completing a licensure in Health and Physical Education from Minnesota State University-Mankato in 1997.

At UMM, Asche was a forward for the women’s Cougar basketball team from 1993-1995. She also played softball from 1992-1995, where she played catcher.

What Asche likes in terms of basketball at the high school or collegiate level is the level of athleticism on the court and game management with the use of the shot clock. That makes perfect sense for a competitor who is also a registered basketball official, and recently completed officiating her first volleyball game this season.

The University of Minnesota, Morris Cougar Sports Network is a free, easy-to-use online portal for enjoying selected UMM athletic events on the Internet. The UMM Cougar Sports Network utilizes the latest in web technology to bring live video, audio and stats of UMM Cougar athletics events to Cougar fans around the globe.

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