Monday, July 30, 2012

MCA announces fall schedule

WINONA, Minn. — The Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts offers programming in dance, music, visual art, and theatre, year-round. Classes, lessons, workshops, and camps are offered for youth age 3 to adults at the Valéncia Arts Center, located at 1164 West 10th St.

The new Semester I catalog is now available. Registrations are now being accepted. Offerings run from Sept 10-Nov 17, 2012 and include:

· NEW! Art in Motion Workshops: Drawing a Powerful Still Life — (for those ages 16 and older) Drawings will be exhibited in December during the “Nutcracker” performance in the Ben Miller Lobby of Saint Mary’s University’s Performance Center.

· Creative Music and Movement — Enroll your child in this class and take Nia class yourself at the same time for only $10!

· NEW! Jazz Combos with Dave Gudmastad from Cotter High School

· Winona Area Youth Singers (WAYS) — In addition to learning a wide range of pieces from musical theatre to choral music, this group of young singers will participate in the “Nutcracker” as well as the winter concert!

· Dance Technique for Boys — For only $10, male students ages 8-12 are invited to enroll in this class, which focuses on the development of dance technique used in classical and contemporary disciplines while increasing flexibility, range of motion, physical strength and stamina.

· NEW! Advanced Ballet Packages — For those serious about ballet training!

· Adult Wellness Classes — (Including Nia, Power Piyo, clogging, ballet, and tap and jazz). Parents who have a child enrolled in a MCA class can take an adult wellness class for only $10!

Class days, times, and tuition vary. Financial need-based scholarship are available. For a brochure and a complete listing, visit , e-mail, “like” us on Facebook, or call (507) 453-5500. Interested students may register online, by mail, or in person at MCA’s Valéncia Arts Center.

This activity is made possible in part by a grant provided by the Minnesota State Arts Board, through an appropriation by the Minnesota State Legislature from the Minnesota arts and cultural heritage fund with money from the vote of the people of Minnesota on Nov. 4, 2008. The Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts is an affiliate program of Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota.

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Fund established at Wells Fargo for Saint Mary’s accident victim

WINONA, Minn. — Saint Mary’s University senior Sabrina Larson Bushlack, 21, of Mapleton, Minn., was critically injured in a car accident July 16, in Fort Wayne, Ind.

According to the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette, Bushlack was injured after the taxi she was riding in was struck by a car that police said ran a red light.

Bushlack — a biochemistry major and three-year regular for the Cardinal volleyball team — remains under sedation because of swelling on her brain and is in intensive care at Lutheran Hospital in Fort Wayne, Ind. Doctors are optimistic about her prognosis.

 A fund has been set up at Wells Fargo Bank to help the Bushlack family with rising medical expenses — including flying Sabrina back to the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. Donations may be made by contacting any Wells Fargo Bank (including Wells Fargo at 875 34th Avenue, Winona, MN 55987) and indicating that the donation is for the benefit of Sabrina Bushlack.

A “Team Brina: Sabrina’s Biggest Fans” Facebook page has been set up for family and friends to share their thoughts and prayers. More than 1,200 members have joined in support of Bushlack.

“Our thoughts remain with Sabrina and her family during this difficult time,” said Brother William Mann, president of Saint Mary’s University. “The entire Saint Mary’s community joins me in prayers for recovery and strength, and we look forward to the day when Sabrina is able to return to campus. She’s a very special student who is loved by many.”

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Colombian students learn English at SMU summer camp

WINONA, Minn. — Nine high school students from Colegio La Salle in Villavicencio, Colombia are studying English through the De La Salle Language Institute at the Winona campus of Saint Mary’s University. For five weeks they will experience an intensive course of study and cultural exposure. Saint Mary’s has enjoyed a long and growing connection to Colombia through the international Lasallian network of schools.

Thursday, July 12, 2012

MCA announces Chamber Music Camp 2012

WINONA, Minn. — The Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts offers programming in dance, music, visual art, and theatre, year-round. Community classes, lessons, workshops, and camps are offered for ages 3 to adult at the Valéncia Arts Center located at 1164 West 10th St.

MCA will be holding its annual Chamber Music Camp for instrumentalists entering grades 6-10 this fall. The camp will be held at the Valencia Arts Center Monday, July 23, through Friday, July 27, from 2 to 4:30 p.m. with a free informal recital concluding the week.

This camp is the perfect opportunity for young musicians to meet new friends with the same musical interest, develop musicianship and leadership skills, as well as build self-confidence in a fun, positive environment. Students will develop the skills required to play in small group setting while exploring a wide variety of musical genres, including everything from Bach to pop! Class days, times, and tuition vary. Financial need based scholarship are available.

For a brochure and a complete listing, visit, e-mail, or call (507) 453-5500. Interested students may registration online, by mail, or in person at MCA’s Valéncia Arts Center.

This activity is made possible in part by a grant provided by the Minnesota State Arts Board, through an appropriation by the Minnesota State Legislature from the Minnesota arts and cultural heritage fund with money from the vote of the people of Minnesota on Nov. 4, 2008. The Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts is an affiliate program of Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota.

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

MCA presents the 2012 Summer Dance Intensive Showcase

WINONA, Minn. — The Minnesota Conservatory for the Arts will present a dance showcase 7 p.m. Saturday, July 21, at the Valéncia Arts Center Academy Theatre, 1164 West 10th St.

The showcase, which is free and open to the public, features works that the students from the MCA 2012 Summer Dance Intensive have learned in the two-week dance camp. A variety of dance forms will be presented, including classical and contemporary ballet, jazz, flamenco, and modern dance.

The works were choreographed by MCA guest artists Dustyn Martincich, Stephanie Milling, Jeffrey Peterson, and Tammy Schmidt. In addition to learning showcase pieces, students have been participating in comprehensive dance training, including technique and theory classes. Class studies have included ballet, pointe, variations, pas de deux, repertory, jazz, hip hop, rhythm tap, modern, musical theatre dance, piyo, choreography, and improvisation.

Intermediate and advanced students from Iowa, Nebraska, Minnesota, Illinois, and Wisconsin, ranging in ages from 12 to 18, were selected for the program by audition.

 For more information about the Summer Intensive Showcase or future MCA program offerings, call (507) 453-5500 or visit

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Students named to dean’s list at Saint Mary’s

WINONA, Minn. — The following students were named to the second semester 2012 dean's list at Saint Mary's University of Minnesota. The dean's list includes 305 undergraduate students who earned a grade point average of 3.60 or better on a 4.0 scale.

Kelsi Addabbo Owatonna MN
Katherine Adelman Bellingham MN
Sarah Adie Chanhassen MN
Marta Aleszewicz Luban Poland
Sarah Anderson Lino Lakes MN
Andrew Anger South Milwaukee WI
Elizabeth Arnold St Cloud MN
Lauren Baier Mount Horeb WI
Mary Barthel Watertown MN
Julianne Bartosz Mokena IL
Anthony Bartylla Woodbury MN
Richard Baustian Dell Rapids SD
Nick Beaudoin Inver Grove Hgts MN
Nicole Becher Winona MN
Nicole Bengtson Eyota MN
Joshua Bennett N. St. Paul MN
Leann Benson Roseville MN
Dannielle Bierly Minnesota City MN
Gregory Bim-Merle Michigan City IN
Preston Black Aurora IL
Brianna Bloomquist Brooklyn Center MN
Ashley Blum Buffalo City WI
James Boggia Elmwood Park IL
Jarod Boltjes Worthington MN
Jacquelyn Bongard Eagan MN
Peter Borash Bowlus MN
Samantha Borawski Stickney IL
Michelle Boris Minneapolis MN
Jill Borntrager Elk River MN
Jessica Bouska Chatfield MN
Madeline Bredahl Maplewood MN
Kelsey Brekke Duluth MN
Lorelle Brune Sterling IL
Kaylee Bunne Le Roy MN
Kassondra Burtis Fairmont MN
Samuel Callisto Woodbury MN
Meghan Campbell Dyersville IA
Jacob Carlson Dell Rapids SD
Morgan Carlson Theilman MN
Paige Carter Rosemount MN
Ashley Cermak Burnsville MN
Yue Chang Yancheng China
Nicole Ciulla Plover WI
Mary Coghlan Kankakee IL
Caitlyn Cole Larsen WI
Taylor Collins Apple Valley MN
Sarah Collova Maplewood MN
Thomas Conry Waunakee WI
Hannah Cooling Madelia MN
Jamie Cooper La Crosse WI
Kenzie Corrow Madison Lake MN
Clinton Coulter Philo IL
Cody Cuhel Winsted MN
Samantha Dahlstrom Rochester MN
Daniel Davis Ossian IN
Sampson Davis Bayport MN
Shelby DeWall Caledonia MN
David Dean Wayzata MN
Emily Degallier Fountain City WI
Jacquelyn Delfosse Grafton WI
Kelsey Diepenbrock Lake City MN
Brian Dillon Arden Hills MN
Michael Dold Blaine MN
Luc Dompierre New Brighton MN
Robert Doyle Hudson WI
Anne Drazkowski Winona MN
Brian Driscoll De Pere WI
Yasmin Duarte Chicago IL
Nickolaus Dvorak Lakeville MN
John Dwyer Minnetonka MN
Rosa Edholm Andover MN
Timothy Ellis Waukesha WI
Kelsey Engesser Blue Earth MN
Luis Escobar Madelia MN
Augustine Esterhammer-Fic Chicago IL
Dylan Ethen White Bear Lake MN
Libby Faffler Marine MN
Darrell Fair Woodridge IL
Nikki Farmer Medford WI
Emily Fasen Big Lake MN
David Feather Oak Creek WI
Andrea Fogel Haifa Israel
Morgan Fournier Maple Lake MN
Julie Frederickson Winona MN
Gregory Freeman Aurora IL
Janae Fry Burr Ridge IL
Ana Fuentes Rivero Chihuahua Mexico
Ryan Gager Woodbury MN
Loren Galloway Aurora IL
Gregory Gardiner Calgary AB, Canada
Amanda Gehrman Stevens Point WI
Jessica Giers Winona MN
Alexander Gilbertson Morristown MN
Maria Glenski Pequot Lakes MN
Shea Goetting Brownsville MN
Matthew Gorgone Greenville RI
Tyler Grabau Wabasha MN
Sarah Grundhoefer W. Saint Paul MN
Gabriel Grundtner Inver Grove Hgts MN
Anna Hadac Prior Lake MN
Aaron Haley Plainview MN
Alexis Hamilton Victoria MN
Keara Hannan Roseville MN
Taylor Hanson Blaine MN
Maria Harris Saint Paul MN
Sophie Harrison Minnetonka MN
Sheree Haslemore Gore New Zealand
Erin Hauth Springfield MN
Bridget Hayes Chicago IL
Neil Heacox San Diego CA
Thomas Healy Rolling Meadows IL
Michelle Heins Theilman MN
Megan Hellmann Oshkosh WI
Aaron Henry Hastings MN
Samantha Herbst Osceola WI
Timothy High Goodview VA
Andrea Hillesheim New Ulm MN
Andrea Hoglin Burnsville MN
Kelsey Hulbert Brooklyn Park MN
Cassandra Hulett Milwaukee WI
Erika Hurley Chatfield MN
Melissa Hurley Chatfield MN
Kenneth Jacks Winona MN
Marissa Jacob Lewiston MN
Meghan Jensen Claremont MN
Paige Jenson Lake Park MN
Marissa Johnson Rochester MN
Allison Johnson Austin MN
Tiffany Johnson Harmony MN
Jacqueline Jones Shoreview MN
Jamie Jones Omaha NE
Laura Kay Rush City MN
Katelin Keck Prior Lake MN
Kaitlyn Keefe Chatfield MN
Sarah Kennedy Wayzata MN
Bead Kerr Winona MN
Talib Khan Woodbury MN
Peter Kieffer La Crosse WI
Mackenzie Klimek Hastings MN
Joshua Korver Little Falls MN
Matthew Kotek La Crosse WI
Cameron Koziarz Western Springs IL
Rebecca Kring Littleton CO
Melanie Krivachek Fort Atkinson IA
Rebecca Krueger Ashland WI
Lucas Kubic Coon Rapids MN
Amy Kujak River Falls WI
Justyna Kujtkowska Bogaczow Poland
Sloane Kuramoto Rochester MN
Rachel Kwiecinski Vernon Hills IL
Paul LaNasa Mahtomedi MN
Theresa LaValla Saint Charles MN
Sadie Lange Caledonia MN
Kate Larson Winona MN
Sabrina Larson-Bushlack Mapleton MN
Steven Lehn Hokah MN
Megan Leisen Kellogg MN
Douglas Leonard Taylor WI
Megan Linder Easton MN
Amanda Lindholm Bloomington MN
Heidi Loeffler Maple Grove MN
Abby Lough South Saint Paul MN
Benjamin Ludescher Northfield MN
Adam Lueck Winona MN
Jessika Lukes Lester Prairie MN
Kyle Maas Lacombe AB, Canada
Janie Maki Roseville MN
Taylor Marshall-Miernicki Minneapolis MN
Jillian Martin Owatonna MN
Robert Marx Sioux City IA
Mitchell May Saint Cloud MN
Kaitlyn McClay Shakopee MN
Peter McColl Fountain City WI
Haylie McComb Highlands Ranch CO
Megan McEnaney Woodbury MN
Robert McGuire Rochester MN
Rachel McQuiston Golden Valley MN
Mary Mieszala Chicago IL
Katie Miller Rochester MN
Joanna Mills New Boston IL
Mary Moats Roland IA
Andrew Mueller New Berlin WI
Leah Mueller Winona MN
Rebecca Munns White Bear Lake MN
Natasha Nelson Golden Valley MN
Minh Nguyen Rochester MN
Elizabeth Niedbala Geneva IL
Collin Nienhaus Winnebago MN
Laura Nolte Owatonna MN
Emily Norton Kellogg MN
Andru O'Brien Bloomington IL
LeiLani Oas Minnesota City MN
Lisa Obasi Woodbury MN
Hailey Ohl Bloomington MN
Nicole Olson New Brighton MN
Abigail Osborne Winthrop MN
Rachel Otten Buffalo MN
Samantha Otto Hampton MN
Amanda Patt Cedarburg WI
Zane Pekron Milesville SD
Samuel Pflughoeft Houston MN
Michael Pica Champaign IL
Julie Pierce Minneapolis MN
Adam Polzin Burnsville MN
Laura Polzin Burnsville MN
Angela Powell Stillwater MN
Jonathan Prendergast Maplewood MN
Agnieszka Prusak Olawa Poland
James Purintun River Falls WI
Jenna Putz Arcadia WI
Matthew Pysh Valparaiso IN
Regina Quandt Minneapolis MN
Melissa Radermacher Plymouth MN
Bethany Rajdl Glenwood MN
Maija Rannikko Duluth MN
Jordan Ranstrom Warren MN
Naomi Rath Easton MN
Erin Regan Stillwater MN
Joel Reinhart La Crosse WI
Lindsey Reinisch Hastings MN
Cathryn Rennie Pine Island MN
Matthew Rice St. Cloud MN
Meagan Rice Champlin MN
Joseph Richards La Crosse WI
Kyle Romanchuk Anchorage AK
Peter Ronning Eden Prairie MN
Abigail Ross Blaine MN
Valerie Ross Hastings MN
Serica Rowley Dubuque IA
Jeunesse Rutledge Mundelein IL
Bridget Ryan Alsip IL
Joseph Rysavy Burnsville MN
Lauren Salonek Watertown MN
Jason Sandquist Mounds View MN
Evan Saunders Chicago IL
Stephanie Schaub La Crosse WI
Bethany Schmidt Sparta WI
Paul Schmitt Sebeka MN
Sara Schoenthaler White Bear Lake MN
Danielle Scholbrock Potosi WI
Laura Schommer Hutchinson MN
Patricia Schommer Rochester MN
Jennifer Schrankler Cottage Grove MN
Hannah Schwarze W. St. Paul MN
Benjamin Scott Rochester MN
Abby Shea Plainview MN
Colin Sheehan Austin MN
Evan Shockley Omaha NE
Chelsea Simon Ham Lake MN
Catherine Smith Chicago IL
Katherine Smith Lake Geneva WI
Timothy Smith Windom MN
Stephanie Solland Albert Lea MN
Anna Sonday W. St. Paul MN
John Soucheray Woodbury MN
Anthony Speltz Rollingstone MN
Christopher Speltz Arcadia WI
Amy Spitzmueller New Brighton MN
Jill Spitzmueller New Brighton MN
David Spriegel Gurnee IL
Jamie Stefely Lisle IL
Emma Stenzel Alden MN
Rachel Stetenfeld McFarland WI
Marie Stier Chatfield MN
Katherine Stolz Forest Lake MN
Caroline Stringer Saint Cloud MN
Stephanie Sturges Woodbury MN
Patrick Sweet Aurora IL
Jedidiah Taubel Rochester MN
Nicholas Taurence Trenton MI
Kristen Thelen Rochester MN
Brian Thesenvitz Woodbury MN
Gabriel Thiel Berlin WI
Jeffrey Thomas Excelsior MN
Linda Tierney Cloquet MN
Jake Traxler Le Sueur MN
Matthew Traxler Le Sueur MN
Jenna Trio Mapleton MN
Vincent Unklesbay Maplewood MN
Amanda Van Leeuwe Ghent MN
Evelin Vergara Zuniga Richfield MN
Randall Vette Spearfish SD
Emily Vierling Roseville MN
Taylor Villari Cottage Grove MN
Abby Voigt Burnsville MN
Christine Volk Champlin MN
Alexa Wallick Eagan MN
Yu Wang Kunming China
Amanda Weber White Bear Lake MN
Camden Webster Minnesota City MN
David Weir Oswego IL
Rebecca Welch La Crescent MN
Allison Wildenborg Winona MN
Anastasia Willard Burnsville MN
Christopher Williams Chicago IL
Ryan Winegardner Northfield MN
Marcus Wobschall Waseca MN
Alycia Wojahn Cannon Falls MN
Michael Wolter Antigo WI
Saron Yifru Addis Ababa Ethiopia
Grace Zachman Elk River MN
Santiago Zarate Milwaukee WI
Amy Zawacki Eau Claire WI
Evan Zierk Franksville WI
Katherine Zuzek Hastings MN

Saint Mary's Nursing Program Recognized by Premier Accrediting Agency

The bachelor of science in nursing degree completion program at Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota has received accreditation from the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education. Seventy students are enrolled in the program, which Saint Mary’s began in 2009 to help address the high demand for baccalaureate/bachelor prepared nurses and growing number of registered nurses wanting to earn a bachelor’s degree.

The Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education is an autonomous accrediting agency that identifies the highest-quality baccalaureate, graduate and residency programs in nursing that have effective educational practices and contribute to the improvement of the public’s health.

Saint Mary’s nursing program has a strong emphasis on the science of nursing, designed to enhance nurses’ clinical expertise and prepare them for advanced degrees. It also focuses on management to prepare nurses for leadership roles and follows an ethical patient-centered approach to nursing in diverse communities. Classes are held Monday-Thursday in the evenings on the university’s Minneapolis campus. The program offers flexible admission and start dates to support student success.

“Saint Mary’s provides quality, relevant, and rigorous nursing education based on the Lasallian principles of respect, accessibility, and flexibility, said Merri Moody, Dean of the School of Health and Human Services. The accreditation from the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education challenges us to continue improving our program to prepare Registered Nurses for professional nursing practice and graduate study.”

For more information, visit

‘Almost, Maine’ at Tara Theatre

Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota theatre students to stage romantic comedy
Dates: October 23-27, 2012
Tuesday through Saturday - 7:30 p.m.
Tickets: £13 / £9 CONCS

In a premiere Tara Theatre performance, Saint Mary’s University theatre majors from Winona, Minnesota, will stage the romantic comedy “Almost, Main,” written by John Cariani, a show that explores love and loss and will leave you thoroughly warmed from the inside out.

On a cold, clear, moonless night in the middle of winter, all is not quite what it seems in the remote, mythical town of Almost, Maine. As the northern lights hover in the star-filled sky above, Almost's residents find themselves falling in and out of love in unexpected and often hilarious way. Knees are bruised. Hearts are broken. But the bruises heal, and the hearts mend — almost — in this delightful midwinter night’s dream.

Qualified theatre majors at Saint Mary's are studying theatre in London, England, this semester through the Stefannié Valéncia Kierlin Theatre in London Program. Under the guidance of Saint Mary’s faculty, the program will include a variety of classes in theatre, as well as courses focusing on broader enrichment. Students will have the unique opportunity to attend numerous performances at London’s West End, Off-West End, and Fringe theatres.

Produced by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc.

Director: Dr. Gary Diomandes
Stage Manager: Jon Goblirsch
Set Design: Elyssa Mattson
Lighting Design: Matthew Schneider
Costumes: Tasha Nelson
Sound Design: Charlotte Deranek
Props: Julie Frederickson
Cast: Alexander Akers, Alexander Green, Brian Pipal, Julie Frederickson, Lydia Monroe, Taylor Marshall-Miernicki, Ali Kriz, Katie Sapper

Monday, July 09, 2012

Two alumni honored at SMU’s Homecoming June 22-24

WINONA, Minn. — Each year during summer Homecoming festivities, Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota honors outstanding alumni.

This year’s Distinguished Alum Award recipient is Dr. Roger Lucas ’65 of North Oaks, Minn., and the Alumni Appreciation Award was given to Robert “Bo Rettig ’77 of La Grange, Ill. Both were honored during a reception Saturday, June 23, on the Winona campus. Approximately 400 alumni, family and friends returned to their alma mater for Saint Mary’s Homecoming festivities, which began Friday, June 22, and ran throughout the weekend.

2012 Saint Mary’s Homecoming Honorees: 

Dr. Roger Lucas with Brother William Mann

Distinguished Alumnus 
Dr. Roger Lucas ’65 

Dr. Roger Lucas has enjoyed a successful career in scientific research and development. He is one of the founding shareholders of Envoy Medical Corporation, the first company to design, manufacture and bring to market a fully implantable hearing restoration device that doesn’t use a microphone or speaker. Dr. Lucas is currently serving as chairman of the board of directors for Envoy as well as vice chairman and chief scientific advisor to the board of TECHNE Corporation. He co-founded this company in 1985 and it has grown into one of the world’s largest suppliers of biotechnology products. As a way to give back to his alma mater, Dr. Lucas currently funds summer internship collaborations between R&D Systems (a subsidiary of TECHNE Corporation) and Saint Mary’s so that current students can gain the same exceptional practical experience he had as a student.
Bo Rettig, center, with Brother William Mann and Meg Richtman

Alumni Appreciation 
Robert “Bo” Rettig ’77 

Bo Rettig has organized an annual get-together of alumni and families on SMU's Winona campus for the past 27 years. The event, known as the GOOF (Get-together Of Old Friends) weekend, brings anywhere from 15-25 families to Winona every summer. Through Rettig’s tireless efforts, this annual outing has fostered an incredibly close-knit group of ’70s alumni — as well as some great recruiting efforts for the university. The GOOF group also created the Saint Jude Alumni Scholarship fund in 1989 — a fund that now stands at over $200,000. This year, Rettig will complete his sixth year on the SMU Alumni Association Board of Directors. He has graciously assisted with admissions and development initiatives, volunteers each year with the Lasallian Day of Service, and supports countless university endeavors.

Thursday, July 05, 2012

Former Olympic soccer coach coaches Winona youth groups

Tony DiCicco, former head coach of the U.S. Women’s National Olympic Soccer Teams, is pictured with the WYSA girls.

WINONA, Minn. — Winona-area girls soccer players scored some personal coaching from Tony DiCicco, former head coach of the U.S. women’s national and Olympic soccer teams. DiCicco coached a portion of the SoccerPlus camp, held June 16-22, on the Saint Mary’s University campus.

The CEO and founder of SoccerPlus, DiCicco also brought in soccer coaches with international experience to work with approximately 20 residential campers. He also worked with a group of Winona Youth Soccer Association girls June 17 at the Saint Mary’s campus.

DiCicco is the former head coach of the U.S. women’s national and Olympic soccer teams and the head coach of the U.S. U20 women’s national team. In 2008, in his return to international soccer, he coached the U.S. to the FIFA U20 World Cup championship in Chile. He also led the full national team to the 1999 FIFA Women’s World Cup championship, the largest women’s sporting event in history. And in 1996, he coached the U.S. women’s Olympic team to the first-ever gold medal in women’s soccer.

DiCicco plans to return to Winona next year to continue training young Winona-area athletes.