1979 Championship Reunion, 10/25/2019
At today’s luncheon meeting, with a packed house of over 70 in attendance at the Bob Carpenter Club, we heard from a great group of speakers. To start, Dave Legg, Assistant Coach/Linebackers & Special Teams, gave us a run down on what to expect from the Richmond Spiders. We also honored Nick Pritchard, our oustanding MVP punter, and Chuka Ezeuzoh representing the OL for their MVP performance vs. U. New Hampshire. Jake Roth, MVP placekicker was not able to attend.
Pictured here are returning members of the 1979 National Championship team. In attendance were coaches Ted Kempski and Jimmy Flynn, along with Chris Raymond, representing the Raymond family, and Bill Maley, representing his father, Defensive Coordinator of the same name.
Players in attendance were: Jim Brandemarte, Brandt Kennedy, David Kindell, Herb Beck, organizer Bob Lundquist, Randy Moccia, Mike Bachman, and team manager, Nellie Forwood. The stories they told of the comeback wins, including the “Youngstown Shootout” were a blast to hear. What was the motivation for that successful season, was asked? The answer: The narrow one point loss in the championship in 1978, the quiet yet forceful leadership of future NFL QB Scott Brunner, and the unselfishness of playing for each other as equals.