Colorado Springs-------College football fans will be treated to an early preview of the coming 2018 season from the head coaches at Air Force, CU, CSU, CSU-Pueblo and Northern Colorado at the Sports Corp's annual College Football Kick Off Luncheon on Tuesday, July 10.
The 12:00 noon program at the Hotel Eleganté Conference & Event Center, 2886 S. Circle Drive in Colorado Springs will feature U.S. Air Force Academy Head Coach Troy Calhoun, University of Colorado Head Coach Mike MacIntyre, Colorado State University-Pueblo Head Coach John Wristen, University of Northern Colorado Head Coach Earnest Collins Jr. and Colorado State University Head Coach Mike Bobo.
Make your plans now to attend the event and hear from this outstanding group of college coaches and their prospects for 2018, recruiting news, and everything you want to know about your favorite team in Colorado's Front Range Football family.
Tables: (10 seats) $300.00 for Sports Corp or Booster Club Members of participating schools OR $350.00 for non-members.
Individual Seats: $30.00 for Sports Corp or Booster Club Members of participating schools OR $35.00 for non-members.
To encourage networking and foster stronger relationships within our community, The Sports Corp's annual sport luncheons will offer open seating. You are welcome to purchase a table but we recommend early arrival if you would like to sit together with friends or request a reserved table for your organization.
Reservations: Contact Sports Corp Event Coordinator Rebekah Bressler at (719) 634-7333 ext. 1003 or email@example.com
Troy Calhoun enters his 12th season as head coach at Air Force where he has a 82-60 overall record and a 49-38 mark in Mountain West play. He has led Air Force to nine bowl games, including a school-record six straight from 2007-12. Calhoun led the program to a 10-3 mark in 2016, just the seventh 10-win season in school history. Air Force won the Commander-in-Chief’s Trophy for a record 20th time and won a bowl game for the second time in three seasons. He led the Falcons to an 8-6 overall record in 2015 and the Mountain Division championship and first-ever MW title game appearance. The Falcons were 6-2 in conference play. Calhoun is the only coach in the 100-plus year history of service academy football to lead teams to at least seven wins and a bowl game in each of his first five seasons. Calhoun has twice been semifinalist for the National Coach of the Year award for his efforts on and off the field (2007, 2010). Calhoun came to his alma mater in 2007 and took over a program that had three straight losing seasons. Air Force finished the 2007 season 9-4 overall and placed second in the Mountain West Conference with a 6-2 mark in Calhoun’s first year. The Falcons earned their first bowl bid in five seasons, advancing to the Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl in Fort Worth, Texas. The five-game turnaround from the previous season was the largest in the nation by a first-year head coach and tied as the third-largest overall in the nation.
Mike MacIntyre is now in his sixth season as the head football coach at the University of Colorado, as he was named the 25th to the position in the school’s history on December 10, 2012. He was hired at CU after leading San Jose State to its first 10-win season in 25 years; in his fourth year at CU, he led the Buffaloes to their first 10-win season in 15 seasons. MacIntyre, 53, is 41-59 in seven seasons as a collegiate head coach, 25-38 in five at Colorado. Each of his first four CU teams made gigantic strides, but his 2016 team (10-4) earned him eight National Coach of the Year honors from the Associated Press, Walter Camp, Bobby Dodd, ESPN/Home Depot, FWAA/Eddie Robinson, American Football Coaches Association (AFCA), SB Nation and Scout.com, as well as a finalist for the Bear Bryant and Maxwell Club awards. He also earned the AFCA Region 5 Coach of the Year honor and the group’s inaugural Comeback Coach of the Year Award. The Colorado Sports Hall of Fame presented him with its “King of the Hill” honor for all sports within the state for 2016. His fifth CU team in 2017 posted a 5-7 record, opening with three straight wins before going 2-7 in Pac-12 play. The team was in sort of a transitional year after losing several key players off its 2016 Pac-12 South champion team, including six players on defense that wound up on NFL rosters. Three leagues losses were by a combined 18 points (including three- and four-point setbacks).
Mike Bobo enters his fourth season as head coach at Colorado State in 2018, having been appointed by CSU President Dr. Tony Frank on Dec. 23, 2014, as the 22nd head coach in program history. Bobo came to Fort Collins from the University of Georgia, where the former Bulldogs quarterback had spent the previous 14 seasons, including the last eight as offensive coordinator.
John Wristen enters his 11th season with the team. He needed just seven to turn the defunct Colorado State University-Pueblo football program into NCAA Division II National Champions. With a program record 14-1 season in 2014, Wristen guided the ThunderWolves to the national championship game where they defeated then-No. 1 Minnesota State University, Mankato, 13-0.A six-time Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference Coach of the Year honoree (2011-15, 17), Wristen guided the Pack to its sixth RMAC Championship in seven years with a 9-1 league record in 2017. The Pack finished 9-3 overall for their 10 consecutive seven-plus win season. CSU-Pueblo returned to the NCAA postseason and pushed then-No. 1 Minnesota State to overtime in a 16-13 loss. Following the magical run to the national title, Wristen was named 2014 American Football Coaches Association Division II Coach of the Year, 2014 D2Football.com Coach of the Year, 2014 Rawlings/American Football Monthly Division II Coach of the Year and Don Hansen Division II Coach of the Year. He was also selected as CaptainU College Coach of the Year and Don Hansen Super Region Four Coach of the Year.
Earnest Collins Jr. was named the 16th football coach at Northern Colorado in school history on December 28, 2010. He returned to his alma mater to serve as head coach. In 1996, Collins received his bachelor’s degree in kinesiology from Northern Colorado after playing for the Bears from 1991-94, where he amassed 978 punt return yards, then the school record and still second all-time. His 497 punt return yards from his senior season are still atop the school’s leaderboard. Collins and the Bears struggled in his first season at the helm going winless but then turned it around with a 5-6 season in 2012. Following two down seasons in 2013 and ’14, he led the team to its first winning season as a Division I program in 2015 at 6-5. Northern Colorado repeated the feat in 2016 with another 6-5 season. Injuries riddled Collins’ seventh season in charge of UNC leading to a 3-7 record. During his time as the head man at Northern Colorado, five Bears have earned time with NFL teams in Jace Davis, Seth Lobato, Lexington Smith, Kyle Sloter and Frank Stephens. Collins has also coached 64 All-Big Sky players during his seven seasons with UNC.
Schedule of Events
11:30 am - Check-In/Registration Begins
12:00 pm - Luncheon Begins
1:15 pm - Conclusion of Event