Sunday, August 18 2019

8-31-19, Jim Steeg, Former NFL Special Events Executive

The guest speaker for our next meeting will be Jim Steeg, former Senior Vice President, Special Events for the NFL. Steeg served the NFL for 35 years and was primarily responsible for controlling all aspects involved with the presentation and implementation of the Super Bowl for 26 years, growing revenues from $5 to $250 million and creating the second largest revenue source for the NFL. He had direct oversight of a departmental budget of $135 million, the largest departmental budget in NFL at the time. He provided organization skills to coordinate the oversight of 1,000’s of workers, contractors and organizations and developed innovative and creative concepts and activities that had never been utilized previously in a context of professional sports or special events.

Some of Steeg’s areas of responsibility included: ticket design, allocation and distribution; procurement of goods and services; staffing; management of hotel accommodations for Super Bowl teams’, media, NFL clubs, staff and affiliated groups (more than 16,000 rooms annually); media and party arrangements; stadium and game-day field preparations; stadium improvements, construction and décor; practice site preparations; selection of exclusive novelty vendor for the stadium, hotels and public venues and much more.

After leaving the NFL in 2005, Steeg has served as Executive Vice President/Chief Operating Officer of the San Diego Chargers for over 6 years. He now owns Steeg Sports Management and Media Consulting, advising companies on a variety of subjects including, but not limited to: stadium operations, fan enhancement, stadium physical structure; organizational structure; marketing programs for sports organizations; event plans; security; & explored varied entrepreneurial endeavors. Among his many endeavors, Steeg has worked with the NHL on organizing & planning outdoor games in LA & Chicago, Served as Director of the PAC 12 inaugural Football Championship Game, and has worked with UCLA, Qualcomm, STATS, LLC, SMRI, Helms Briscoe, The Buckeye Store, the Rose Bowl, Balboa Park 100th anniversary, Cleatskins, PrepAthlete, Frosty Towel, Elite Show Services, Multi Ventures Protection, & helped formulate Community Force

 

Mark Your Calendar

8/7/19 – NO MEETING!!
8/21/19 – Rasheed Wallace, Boys Basketball Coach, Jordan High School
9/4/19 – Special Guest Speaker (and regular 1st and 3rd Wednesday meetings for the rest of the year)


7-17-19, Trei Oliver, Head Football Coach, NC Central University

The guest speaker for our upcoming meeting will be Trei Oliver, Head Football Coach at North Carolina Central University. With 20 years of college coaching experience that includes five conference championships and three black college football national titles, Trei Oliver returned to his alma mater as North Carolina Central University’s 24th head football coach, the university announced on Dec. 13, 2018.

Oliver returned to NCCU as head coach after spending the previous three seasons (2016-18) as the defensive coordinator and safeties coach at Southern University. The Jaguars are coming off a
Southwestern Athletic Conference (SWAC) West division championship and a trip to the SWAC championship game.

In the prior 15 seasons (2004-18) as a coach at four different universities, Oliver has been a part of only one season with fewer than seven wins. During that time, he has celebrated 124 victories for an average of more than eight triumphs per year and a winning percentage of .725.

Prior to Southern University, Oliver served as the outside linebackers coach and recruiting coordinator at North Carolina A&T State University from 2011-15, when the Aggies shared consecutive Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference (MEAC) championships in 2014 and 2015, and were declared the black college football national champions in his final campaign in Greensboro as winners of the Celebration Bowl with a 10-2 overall record.

In four seasons at Grambling State University from 2007-10 as the outside linebackers coach, recruiting coordinator and special teams coordinator, the Tigers earned two SWAC West division crowns, and won the SWAC championship game and a black college football national title in 2008 with an 11-2 record.

Oliver’s first coaching stint at NCCU was as a defensive backs and wide receivers coach, recruiting coordinator and special teams coordinator from 2003-06. The Eagles captured back-to-back CIAA championships with consecutive trips to the NCAA Division II playoffs in 2005 and 2006, and were crowned as the black college football national champions following an 11-1 season in 2006.

He and his wife Yvette, also an NCCU graduate, are the proud parents of a son, Reggie.

 

Mark Your Calendar

***7/31/19 – Jim Steeg, Former NFL Director of Special Events (Super Bowl)
8/7/19 – NO MEETING!!
8/21/19 – Rasheed Wallace, Boys Basketball Coach, Jordan High School


6-19-19, Meg Aronowitz, The ACC Network

Our guest speaker for this meeting will be Meg Aronowitz, Coordinating Producer for ESPN. Meg is helping with the launch of the the ACC Network, which will debut this August. She helped launch the SEC Network in 2014.

Aronowitz also oversees ESPN’s coverage of Gymnastics and softball, including the Women’s College World Series. She has spent most of her career working on college sports and has overseen multiple NCAA championships as a coordinating producer. Meg also oversees the school production initiative which works with the 29 SEC and ACC schools on their productions for the network.

Aronowitz joined ESPN in 2001 as an assignment editor for Major League Baseball. Shortly after, in 2002, Baseball Tonight won the Emmy Award for best studio show. She was promoted in 2005 to senior production coordinator and handled the MLB, the College World Series and the Little World Series. Later that year Aronowitz moved to the Charlotte office as a Production Manager to help launch the ESPNU network.

In 2007, Aronowitz was promoted to coordinating producer at ESPN. Since that promotion, she has overseen the production of ESPNU college football, Under Armour events, volleyball, soccer, lacrosse, baseball, ice hockey, and various other Olympic sports as well as her current responsibilities.

Prior to ESPN, Aronowitz worked at the news desk at CNN in Atlanta, GA.

She played softball at Emory University and graduated in 1999 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in history.

 

 

Mark Your Calendar

7/3/19 – NO MEETING!!
7/17/19 – Trei Oliver, Head Football Coach, North Carolina Central University
***7/31/19 – Jim Steeg, Former NFL Director of Special Events (Super Bowl)
8/7/19 – NO MEETING!!
8/21/19 – VERY Special Guest Speaker


5/15/19 – Coleman Scott, Wrestling Coach, UNC

The guest speaker for this meeting will be Coleman Scott, Head Wrestling Coach at UNC. He came to UNC as an assistant in 2014, and was named Head Coach in 2015. He is the sixth head coach in the history of the program.

Scott is a four-time All-America wrestler at Oklahoma State and the 2008 NCAA champion at 133 pounds. He has also excelled at the international level as a four-time member of the United States National Team. His crowning achievement came at the 2012 London Olympics, where he won a bronze medal in freestyle wrestling at 60 kg.

In 2018, Scott led the Tar Heels to their best showing at nationals in almost 25 years. Led by All-American performances from senior Troy Heilmann and junior Chip Ness, UNC finished the competition in 20th place with 27.0 team points, its most since 1996.

Scott works directly with the light and light/middle weights on technique and training for UNC. Following his career as a wrestler, Scott had his first international coaching experience in 2017 as a member of the USA Wrestling World Championships Team staff. The United States won the world team title in Paris, it’s first world freestyle title since 1995.

Prior to starring at Oklahoma State, Scott was a three-time Pennsylvania state champion at Waynesburg Central High School. Scott and his wife Jessica have three children: daughter Leighton Ann and sons Stetson Lewis and Cash Allen.

Thanks, goheels.com!

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The Bob Bickle Lacrosse Award will also be presented at this meeting.  This award is given to the most outstanding high school lacrosse player in Durham.

 

 

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Mark Your Calendar

6/5/19 – Scholar-Athlete Awards Night (5:30)
6/19/19 – Special Guest Speaker!!
7/3/19 – NO MEETING!!
7/17/19 – Special Guest Speaker


5/1/19 – Tim Brewster, UNC Assistant Head Football Coach

The guest speaker for our upcoming meeting will be Tim Brewster, Assistant Head Coach/Tight Ends Coach at UNC.

Tim Brewster returned to Chapel Hill for his second stint on Nov. 30, 2018, when Mack Brown hired him to be his Assistant Head Coach and tight ends coach. Brewster previously coached with Brown at UNC (1989-97) and Texas (1998-2001). He returned to the UNC staff after spending the last six years with Jimbo Fisher, five at Florida St. and one at Texas A&M. Brewster has spent over 30 years in coaching. He was a collegiate head coach for four seasons, an NFL assistant coach for five seasons and an assistant coach at six different “Power 5” schools.

Brewster was the head coach of the Minnesota Golden Gophers from 2007-2010 before spending the 2011 season as a college football analyst for Fox Sports. He led the Golden Gophers to the Insight Bowl in both 2008 and 2009.

Prior to Minnesota, Brewster spent five seasons in the NFL. He concluded his second season as tight ends coach for the Denver Broncos in 2006. Brewster instructed the San Diego Chargers tight ends from 2002-04 and held additional responsibilities as the team’s assistant head coach for the 2004 season

A former two-time All-Big Ten Conference selection at the University of Illinois, Brewster led the nation’s tight ends in receiving in 1983 and captained Illinois to the 1984 Rose Bowl against UCLA. Brewster, who graduated from Illinois with a bachelor’s degree in political science, participated in training camps of the New York Giants (1984) and Philadelphia Eagles (1985).

Thanks, goheels.com!

 

 

 

Mark Your Calendar

5/15/19 – Lewis Scott, Head Wrestling Coach, UNC
6/5/19 – Scholar-Athlete Awards Night (5:30)
6/19/19 – Special Guest Speaker!!


4/17/19 – Paul Haagen, Center for Sports Law, Duke

 

The guest speaker for our upcoming meeting will be Paul Haagen, Law Professor and Co-Director of the Center for Sports Law and Policy at Duke.

Professor Haagen was born in Lancaster, Pennsylvania and raised in Connecticut. After graduating from college, he studied history first at Oxford as a Rhodes Scholar, and later at Princeton. He was an editor of Yale Studies in World Public Order and editor-in-chief of the Yale Law and Policy Review. Since law school, he has clerked on the United States Court of Appeals and then practiced law in Philadelphia for two years before coming to Duke in 1985. Professor Haagen has been a visiting faculty member on the law faculties of the Georg August University in Goettingen, Germany (2005), the Johannes Kepler University in Linz, Austria (2002) and the Escuela Libre de Derecho in Mexico City, Mexico (1998). He was Chair of the Academic Council of Duke University from 2005-2007, and Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs of the Law School (1991-93, 2009-2012).

Haagen earned his B.A at Haverford College; another B.A. and M.A. from Oxford; a Ph.D. from Princeton and his J.D. from Yale.

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Mark Your Calendar

5/1/19 – Tim Brewster, Assistant Head Football Coach, UNC
5/15/19 – Special Guest Speaker
6/5/19 – Scholar-Athlete Awards Night (5:30)


4/3/19 – J.J. Cooper, Baseball America, Executive Editor

The guest speaker for our upcoming meeting will be J.J. Cooper, Executive Editor of Baseball America.

J.J. Cooper’s first assignment covering baseball was a lucky one–he was assigned to cover the 1995 Macon Braves, which meant he watched Baseball America Minor League Player of the Year Andruw Jones play day after day. Often Jones was roaming center field for Macon while facing off against future Hall of Famer Vladimir Guerrero playing for Albany. While that may have ruined him for years as far as expectations for minor league outfielders, it ensured he was hooked on covering baseball. Cooper came to Baseball America in 2002. He’s covered baseball at every level since then, although he still has a soft spot for the overlooked player, be they in a smaller college, international baseball or indy ball.

 

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MARK YOUR CALENDARS!

4/17/19 – Paul Haagan, Duke Law Professor and Head of The Center for Sports Law and Policy
5/1/19 – Tim Brewster, Assistant Head Coach/Tight Ends Coach, UNC
5/15/19 – Special Guest Speaker
6/5/19 – Scholar-Athlete Awards Night (5:30)

 


3/20/19 – Dave Odom, College Basketball Expert

The guest speaker for our upcoming meeting will be Dave Odom,  former Head Basketball Coach at Wake Forest and the University of South Carolina, and college basketball expert.

Odom began his collegiate coaching career as an assistant at Wake Forest University in 1976 under head coach Carl Tacy. After three years at Wake Forest (1976–1979), Odom became the head coach at East Carolina University, where his squad compiled a 16-11 record, the university’s best since 1965. Odom stayed with the program until 1982, when he was offered a chance to return to the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) as an assistant at the University of Virginia.

As an assistant at Virginia (1982–1989) under head coach Terry Holland, Odom participated in some of the university’s most successful seasons, including five National Collegiate Athletic Association berths and a trip to the Final Four in 1984. During this time, Odom coached future No. 1 NBA draft pick Ralph Sampson, who graduated in 1983. Odom served as acting head coach when Holland missed several games due to illness in the 1988-1989 season. Odom left Virginia in 1989 to return to Winston-Salem as the head coach of Wake Forest University.

Odom was named ACC coach of the year in 1991, 1994 and 1995. He led his team to consecutive ACC Championships in 1995 and 1996. Much of the success during these two years is attributed to star center Tim Duncan, whom he recruited as a player in the U.S. Virgin Islands in 1994. In 1995, led by Duncan, the team put up a 26-6 overall record, including winning the ACC Tournament by defeating North Carolina by the score of 82-80, with the victory coming from a last second shot by point guard Randolph Childress. In 1996, the team successfully defended its title with a record of 26-6 by defeating Georgia Tech by a score of 75-74.

 

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MARK YOUR CALENDARS!

4/3/19 – J J Cooper, Executive Editor, Baseball America
4/17/19 – Paul Haagan, Duke Law Professor and Head of The Center for Sports Law and Policy
5/1/19 – Tim Brewster, Assistant Head Coach/Tight Ends Coach, UNC

 

 

 

 


3/6/19 – David Cutcliffe, Head Football Coach, Duke

Our guest speaker for this meeting will be David Cutcliffe, Head Football Coach at Duke University.  Cutcliffe, the 2013 National Coach of the Year who has earned both ACC and SEC Coach of the Year honors in a distinguished career that includes the mentoring of Super Bowl MVP quarterbacks Peyton and Eli Manning, was named Duke University’s 21st head football coach on December 15, 2007.

Cutcliffe is 67-72 (.482) in 11 seasons at Duke and owns an overall head coaching ledger of 111-101 (.524).

In addition to guiding the Blue Devil gridiron program, Cutcliffe serves on the American Football Coaches Association’s Board of Trustees.

Duke’s ascension into the national college football landscape has been spearheaded by Cutcliffe, who took over the program prior to the 2008 campaign after the Blue Devils had won just 10 total games in the previous eight seasons.  Cutcliffe’s vision has come together in the last seven years with 52 victories, six bowl appearances and the 2013 ACC Coastal Division championship.

Cutcliffe, born September 16, 1954, came to Duke after serving the previous two seasons as assistant head coach and offensive coordinator at the University of Tennessee. His head coaching experience includes a six-year stint at the University of Mississippi from 1999-2004 where he compiled a 44-29 (.603) ledger with five winning seasons, five bowl game appearances and a share of the SEC Western Division championship in 2003. Cutcliffe was named the SEC Coach of the Year in 2003 after leading the Rebels to a 10-3 record including a 31-28 victory over Oklahoma State in the Cotton Bowl.

Cutcliffe has participated in 28 bowl games including the 1982 Peach, 1983 Florida Citrus, 1984 Sun, 1986 Sugar, 1986 Liberty, 1988 Peach, 1990 Cotton, 1991 Sugar, 1992 Fiesta, 1993 Hall of Fame, 1994 Florida Citrus, 1994 Gator, 1996 Florida Citrus, 1997 Florida Citrus, 1998 Orange, 1998 Independence, 1999 Independence, 2000 Music City, 2002 Independence, 2004 Cotton, 2007 Outback, 2008 Outback, 2012 Belk, 2013 Chick-fil-A, 2014 Hyundai Sun, 2015 New Era Pinstripe. 2017 Quick Lane and 2018 Walk-On’s Independence Bowl. He owns a 8-4 record as a head coach in bowl tilts with wins over Oklahoma, Nebraska, Oklahoma State, Texas Tech, Indiana, Northern Illinois and Temple.

Thanks, www.GoDuke.com

 

 

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Mark Your Calendar

3/20/19 – Dave Odom, College Basketball Expert
4/3/19 – J. J. Cooper, Executive Editor, Baseball America
4/17/19 – Paul Haagan, Duke Law Professor and Head of The Center for Sports Law and Policy


2/20/19 – Jones Angell, “Voice of the Tarheels”

Our guest speaker for this meeting will be Jones Angell, the “Voice of the Tarheels.”  Angell’s visit comes just hours before the first UNC – Duke basketball game of the season.

Angell started out his career calling high school football and baseball games in Jacksonville, North Carolina in 1999.

Angell’s very first job with the Tar Heel Sports Network was calling play-by-play of a Little League Baseball game for WIZS while still an intern. John Rose, who was the engineer for the Tar Heel Sports Network at the time, is part of the family that owns WIZS.

Angell continued to call high school football games while still an undergraduate at UNC Chapel Hill.  He also started doing color commentary for North Carolina Tar Heels women’s soccer and women’s basketball.

Angell spent most of his childhood in Jacksonville, North Carolina. He grew up listening to Woody Durham and Mick Mixon calling Tar Heel football and basketball games on the radio with his family.  Growing up, Angell wanted to do NCAA Division I play-by-play announcing, against the objections of his mother.

While a student at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Angell enrolled in what was then known as the School of Journalism and Mass Communication. Between his sophomore and junior years, he started interning with the Tar Heel Sports Network, where he feels he received most of his training.

After graduating from UNC Chapel Hill, Angell worked in various radio and hosting positions within the Tar Heel Sports Network.  Prior to becoming the Voice of the Tar Heels, Angell was best known for providing color and later play-by-play commentary for Tar Heel baseball from 2000 to 2011, and for working alongside Durham and his staff as a host and color analyst for football and men’s basketball broadcasts from 2005 until 2011.

As assistant director of new media at UNC Chapel Hill, Angell has produced many features that have been shown on the video boards at Kenan Stadium and the Dean Smith Center.

 

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Mark Your Calendar

3/6/19 – David Cutcliffe, Head Football Coach, Duke
3/20/19 – Dave Odom, College Basketball Expert
4/3/19 – Special Guest Speaker!


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