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Mission Statement

Since 1946, the mission of the Blue Hen Touchdown Club has been to support the players of the University of Delaware football program and acknowledge their achievements.

Who We Are

Our members are young and not so young; some live in Delaware and others far, far away; some have worn the Winged helmet on Saturdays at Delaware Stadium in years past and others have sons that will do so this season. Our common bond is our love and devotion to our Fightin’ Blue Hens.

What We Do

Pre-season Tailgate – New for 2016, the Blue Hen Touchdown Club is hosting a tailgate that will gather the Blue Hen family; players, parents, coaches and club members will gather to welcome the newest additions to our family and launch a new season of Blue Hen football.

Luncheons – During the season, club members meet to prior each game in the Bob Carpenter Club, inside the Bob Carpenter Center on the South Campus at the University of Delaware. Doors open and lunch service starts at 11:15 am and the program begins at Noon. At each luncheon we:

  • Hear from and have a Q&A with Head Coach Dave Brock.
  • Present the previous games BHTC Offensive, Defensive and Special Teams MVP awards.
  • Present the BHTC Practice Player Awards.
  • Weekly our guest speakers included one of the teams Assistant Coaches and occasionally former Blue Hen players or other special guests.
  • The teams Quality Control Coaches present members with a video scouting report on the Blue Hens next opponent.

Senior Banquet – Annually, club members, parents, fans and the football and athletic department staffs gather at the Blue Hen Touchdown Club Senior Banquet to honors the hard work and commitment our Blue Hens make during their careers at the University of Delaware. Also honored that evening are the Senior interns, equipment managers and trainers that play a vital role in the football programs success.

Road Trips – Many of our club members support our Blue Hens when they play away from Delaware Stadium and the Blue Hen Touchdown Club organizes travel to many Blue Hen road games.

  • BHTC Bus Trips – Leaving from and returning to Newark on game-day, but some may include a overnight stay.
  • BHTC Hotel – Separately from the bus trips in many cases, the club also books rooms at a area hotel so club members that wish to travel on their own can gather together prior to or after the game.

Endowed Scholarship – The Blue Hen Touchdown Club is working towards our goal of funding and maintaining a Endowed Scholarship for the football program.

Annual Awards

David Tinsley
David Tinsley – Defensive End
Seffner, FL – Armwood HS
Marketing & Management, May 2015
Currently pursuing MBA
Taylor Memorial
David Tinsley
Ben Curtis
Ben Curtis – Offensive Lineman
Columbia, MD – Calvert Hall HS
Criminal Justice Major
Outstanding Offensive Player:
Ben Curtis
David Tinsley
David Tinsley – Defensive End
Seffner, FL – Armwood HS
Marketing & Management, May 2015
Currently pursuing MBA
Outstanding Defensive Player
David Tinsley
David Tinsley
David Tinsley – Defensive End
Seffner, FL – Armwood HS
Marketing & Management, May 2015
Currently pursuing MBA
Outstanding Lineman
David Tinsley
Joe Fortunato
Joe Fortunato – Long Snapper
Linwood, NJ – Mainland Regional HS
Sport Management & Management Majors
Outstanding Special Teams Player
Joe Fortunato
Vince Hollerman
Vince Hollerman – Defensive Lineman
Woodbine, GA – Camden County HS
Economics Major
Winnie Mayer Outstanding End
Vince Hollerman
Justin Glenn
Justin Glenn – Offensive Lineman
Newark, DE – AI duPont HS
Exception Children & Youth Major
Unsung Hero
Justin Glenn
Kevin McLaughlin
Kevin McLaughlin - Kicker
Fort Lauderdale, FL – Cardinal Gibbons HS
Finance Major
Newark Elks Scholar Athlete
Kevin McLaughlin
David Tinsley
David Tinsley – Defensive End
Seffner, FL – Armwood HS
Marketing & Management, May 2015
Currently pursuing MBA
Captains Award
David Tinsley
Taylor MemorialDavid TinsleyOutstanding Offensive Player: Ben CurtisOutstanding Defensive PlayerDavid TinsleyOutstanding LinemanDavid TinsleyOutstanding Special Teams PlayerJoe FortunatoWinnie Mayer Outstanding EndVince HollermanUnsung HeroJustin GlennNewark Elks Scholar AthleteKevin McLaughlinCaptains AwardDavid Tinsley

Board of Directors

John Dollmeyer
President
302-531-6114
jdollmeyer@gmail.com

Tom Crescenzo
Vice President
302-239-6004
crescenzot@gmail.com

Harold Smith
Director
302-378-2582
Smittyhens@aol.com

Marie Beldyk
Secretary
302-834-4629
rmbeldyk@aol.com

Bruce Finnicum
Treasurer
302-453-9623
302-530-4949 (cell)
bdelfinn@aol.com

Bob Cox
Director
302- 884-6877
302-388-1689(cell)
Bcox@artisansbank.com

Ralph Orendorf
Director
302-454-7295
rorendorf@psre.com

Kathi Fad Diaz
Director/Membership
610-869-0961
484-888-8900 (cell)
faddiaz@aol.com

Cathy Matthews
Director
302-593-1584
cmvcheer@gmail.com

Harold Heitmann
Historian
302-562-1731
hharold@atlanticbb.net

Be A Part of Hens History


Foundation

  • 1940 – William D. 'Bill' Murray (1908 – 1986) begins his 1st season as Head Coach of the University of Delaware football program and would remain in that position through the 1950 season, compiling a record of 49-16-2. Later, in 1974, Coach Murray was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame.
  • 1940 – Delaware beats Drexel 19-0 and begins an unbeaten streak that would last 32 games and not end until 1947 (no games were played in '43, '44 & '45, during WWII).
  • 1946 – The late George Sargisson of R.P.&S decides the university needed a touchdown club to support the team and begins contacting fellow fans and business owners. Their first luncheons were held at the Old Tea Room in Wilmington. The Wilmington Touchdown Club would later be merged with the Newark Touchdown Club (begun in 1956) and become the Blue Hen Touchdown Club and to this day continues to hold weekly luncheons during the season.
  • 1946 – The Blue Hens return to the field for the first time since the end of WWII and continue their unbeaten steak, finishing the season 10-0, outscore their opponents 399 - 29 and are voted the AP Small College National Champions; the first of Delaware's six National Championships.
  • 1946 – To celebrate the football programs National Championship, the first Touchdown Club Senior Banquet is held; a tradition that continues to this day.

Foundation

  • 1950 – While at Maine, Head Coach Dave Nelson and assistants Mike Lude and Harold Westerman spend the summer inventing a new offense; the Wing-T.
  • 1951 – David M. Nelson (1920 – 1991) begins his 1st season as Head Coach of the Blue Hens; aposition he would hold for 15 seasons, compiling a record of 84-42-2. Coach Nelson continued to serve the University of Delaware until his death in 1991 and was inducted into the College Hall of Fame in 1987.
  • 1951 – Coach Nelson, a University of Michigan graduate who played under Fritz Crisler, introduces the Winged Helmet at Delaware; Crisler is credited with inventing the winged helmet in 1935 while at Princeton and introducing it at Michigan when he became their Head Coach in 1938. The winged helmet remains part of Delaware football to this day.
  • 1952 – The Fightin' Blue Hens play their first game in the just built Delaware Stadium on the University's South Campus.
  • 1953 & 1954 – In 1953 the most valuable Senior player award was first presented by the Touchdown Club and the Taylor Memorial Trophy was moved from the university athletic banquet to the Touchdown Club banquet in 1954.
  • 1953, 1954 & 1955 – The Fightin' Blue Hens compile a 3 season record of 23-4 and defeat KentState in the 1954 Refrigerator Bowl.
  • 1956 – A second Touchdown Club begins in Newark.
  • 1958 – The Blue Hen football becomes a member of the Middle Atlantic Conference. Over the next 12 seasons Delaware is a member, they finish the season in 1st place six times.
  • 1959 – Delaware (8-1) wins it's 1st Division II Lambert Cup, awarded annually since 1957 to the best Division II East Coast football team.

Foundation

  • 1962 – The 7-2 Blue Hens win their 2nd Division II Lambert Cup and have won 2 of the the last 4 awarded.
  • 1963 – Finishing the season 8-0, Delaware is voted the UPI Small College National Champions;the 2nd National Championship in Blue Hen history and is awarded it's 3rd Division II Lambert Cup.
  • 1965 – Head Coach David Nelson steps down after the season to concentrate on his duties as Athletic Director. His last 5 seasons include 1 National Championships, 3 MAC Championshipsand 3 DII Lambert Cups.
  • 1966 – A assistant coach for the Blue Hens since 1954, Harold “Tubby” Raymond becomes the new Head Coach; a position he would hold for 36 years. Coach Raymond's career record would be 300-119-3, include 3 National Championships and 14 Division II and Division I-AA. In 2003, two years after retiring Harold “Tubby” Raymond was inducted into the Coaches Hall of Fame.
  • 1968 – Starting this season, the Fightin' Blue Hens would win 7 consecutive Division II Lambert Cups; a record unequaled at any level in Lambert Cup History.

Foundation

  • 1970 – Blue Hen football becomes Independent and has no conference affiliation for the next 16 seasons.
  • 1971 – Finishing the season with a record of 10 – 1, Delaware is named AP and UPI Small College National Champions; the 3rd National Championship in Blue Hens history.
  • 1972 – The 10 – 0 Fightin' Blue Hens outscore there opponents 355 – 81 and is again named APand UPI Small College National Champions, in the last season before the NCAA begins using aplayoff system to crown a Division II champion.
  • 1972/1973 – The Touchdown Club begins awarding Outstanding Offensive Lineman and Unsung Hero at the annual Senior Banquet.
  • 1974 – Delaware, finishing the season 12-2, plays in it's first of seven (all divisions) National Championship games.
  • 1978 – The Fightin' Blue Hens play in it's second National Championship game in the past 5 years.
  • 1979 – In a regular season game at Youngstown State on 11/10/79, the Fightin' Blue Hens played in one of their most icon games in their rich history. Down 31-7 at halftime Delaware scored 44 second-half points and the games final touchdown, coming with 24 seconds remaining, to win 51-45. Today fans refer to that game as the Shootout in Youngstown.
  • 1979 – The Blues Hens finish 13-1 and win the programs 5th National Championship. During the decade Delaware would compete for or win 5 National Championships and win 7 of the 10 Division II Lambert Cups awarded.

Foundation

  • 1981 – Delaware sports reclassify from NCAA Division II to NCAA Division I (football Division I-AA).
  • 1982 – Finishing the season 12-2, the Fightin' Blue Hens compete in it's first of four Division I-AA or FCS National Championship games. Delaware has played in the Division I-AA playoffs in each of it's first two season since reclassifying.
  • 1982/1982/1984 – The Touchdown Club begins awarded game MVP Awards at it's weekly luncheon and add the Winnie Mayer Outstanding End and Newark Elks Scholar-Athlete Award to the annual Senior Banquet.•1986 – After being Independent for 16 years, Delaware joins the Yankee Conference, where it would remain for the next 11 seasons.
  • 1986/1987/1988 – The Blue Hens win the Yankee Conference 2 of the first 3 years they are conference members and have now played in 4 of the last 8 Division I-AA playoffs.

Foundation

  • 1991/1992 – The Fightin' Blue Hens go 21-5 over this two year period, finishing 1st in the Yankee Conference and playing in the Division I-AA playoffs both seasons. Delaware has won all or parts of 4 of the past 7 Yankee Conference titles.
  • 1993 – With this seasons participation in the Division I-AA playoffs, Delaware has now played post season football 3 consecutive seasons and 7 of the 13 seasons since reclassifying to that division.
  • 1995 – The 11-2 Blue Hens win their 5th Yankee Conference title in the past 10 seasons.
  • 1996 – The Wilmington Touchdown Club and the Newark Touchdown Club become a single organization; the Blue Hen Touchdown Club.
  • 1997 – Delaware, along with many of their opponents from the Yankee Conference become members of the Atlantic 10 football conference.
  • 1997 – The Fightin' Blue Hens win their 1st A10 Conference title and again qualify for post season play; their 10th time in 17 seasons.

Foundation

  • 2001 – Head Coach Harold 'Tubby' Raymond wins his 300th career game, an achievement only eleven other college football coaches (all divisions) have reached, and retires after completing his 36th season as Head Coach and 48th as part of the Delaware Football staff. In 2003 Coach Raymond became the third consecutive Delaware head football coach to be inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame.
  • 2002 – Kurt Charles 'K. C.' Keeler, a Delaware alumni and member of the 1979 National Champion Fightin' Blue Hens becomes only the 4th Delaware Head Coach since 1940.
  • 2003 – Delaware finishes the season 15-1 and wins it's first FCS National Championship, it's 6th National Championship overall for the Blue Hens, and they with their 18th Lambert Cup (all divisions).
  • 2006 – The NCAA renames Division I-AA football the Football Championship Subdivision (FCS).
  • 2007 – The Atlantic 10 (A10) football conference becomes Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) football.
  • 2007 – The Fightin' Blue Hens end the season 11-4, play in their 2nd FCS National Championship game and win the FCS Lambert Cup, their 2nd cup in the past 5 years.

Foundation

  • 2010 – The Blue Hens finish the season with a record of 12 – 3, play in the National Championship game for the 3rd time in the past 8 seasons and win Delaware's 20th Lambert Cup (all divisions) over the past 52 seasons.
  • 2013 – Dave Brock is named the new Head Coach of the Fightin' Blue Hens and only the 5th head coach in the past 74 seasons of Delaware football.
  • 2015 – The Blue Hen Touchdown Club, with a long history of naming MVP's for each game, begins awarding Practice Players of the Week for Offense and Defense, recognizing the effort and contributions all team members make preparing for game day.
  • 2016 – The Blue Hen Touchdown Club and it's predecessors, the Wilmington and Newark Touchdown Clubs, mark 70 years of continuous support of their Fightin' Blue Hens football team. Since the first Touchdown Club luncheon was held in 1946, club members have strived tosupport the players of the University of Delaware football program and acknowledge their achievements.


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Club Bylaws

ARTICLE I - NAME

The name of this association shall be the BLUE HEN TOUCHDOWN CLUB hereafter designated as the “Club”.

ARTICLE II - OBJECTS. PURPOSE AND SCOPE

The objects, purpose and scope of the Club shall be:
1. The encouragement of an interest in and a better understanding of the game of football, especially for the University of Delaware.
2. Activity in any phase of civic work concerned with football, insofar as finances permit, such activity to be undertaken at the discretion of the Executive Board.
3. To provide an opportunity for refreshment, entertainment, social diversion and fellowship among its members.
4. The association is not organized for business purposes, nor pecuniary profit, and no funds paid into the treasury shall inure exclusively to the benefit of any member, but shall inure exclusively to the fmancial benefit of the Club with the University of Delaware Team strictly as an organization we socially support.

ARTICLE III - MEMBERSHIP

The membership of this Club shall at all times consist of persons who are bonafide dues paying members of the “Club”. Members of good standing are entitled to all the privileges of the Club. Honorary Members of good standing must be approved by the Executive Board and are entitled to the same privileges as paid up members.

ARTICLE IV - OFFICERS AND DIRECTORS

1. Composition and Tenure — The officers shall be elected by the members of the Club at the last regular meeting in November in the manner provided herein and shall consist of a President, Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer. All Officers must be paid up members in good standing of the Club. Terms of office shall be for two years and shall be from February 1 of the year following their election through January 31, two years after their election. While it is recognized that “special circumstances” as determined by the Board of Directors, may dictate otherwise, it is the intent of these by laws that the officers named above will not serve more than two (2) consecutive elected terms. After retirement from office for a two year period, former officers may once again run for the office previously held. No members may hold more than one office at a time. The term of an officer designated to fill a vacancy shall be for the unexpired term of the predecessor. Should the Vice-President need to complete the term of the President, such Vice-President may run to be elected by the membership of the Club as President for the following full two-year term.
2. THE EXECUTIVE BOARD shall be composed of the four officers outlined in paragraph 1 above, plus a minimum of three (3) and a maximum of (5) Directors at large elected by members of the Club, and the appointed Committee Chairperson(s). The committee Chairperson(s) serve at the pleasure of the incumbent President and are appointed by the Executive Board as needed and may be either Directors of the Club or members appointed as needed by the Board of Directors to a Chairperson position. Directors shall serve terms of three years and are elected as needed at the annual election in November. Immediate past presidents of the “Club” shall hold an EX Officio position on the Board for a period of two (2) years. The quorum necessary for the Executive Board to conduct business shall be one (1) more than 50% of the total serving at the time.
3. VOTING RIGHTS for Executive Board business matters are vested with the President, Vice-President, Treasurer, Secretary, Elected Directors, and duly appointed Committee Chairpersons.
4. RESIGNATION, REMOVAL OR VACANCY - The resignation of an officer shall be tendered to the Club. If a vacancy occurs in any office other than that of President or Vice-President, the Executive Board shall designate by majority vote a member to fill the vacancy. If a vacahcy occurs in the office of the President, the Vice President shall automatically become President for the balance of the unexpired term of the predecessor. If a vacancy occurs in the office of the Vice President, the Executive Board shall elect a successor by majority vote for the unexpired term of the predecessor. An officer elected by the Club may be removed from office, with or without cause, but only by a majority vote by the Board of Directors. The authority of any elected officer may be suspended by a majority vote of the Executive Board for cause at any time. Any duly appointed Committee Chairperson may be removed by the Executive Board, with or without cause, at any time.

ARTICLE V - AMMENDENTS

These Articles may be modified, altered or amended by a majority vote of the Executive Board by virtue of the power invested in such Board by the members of the Club. These Articles and Amendments shall be ratified by a vote of the membership at a time and place designated for such.

ARTICLE VI - MANAGEMENT

1. The management of the business and affairs shall be in the hands of the Executive Board.
2. Vacancies occurring in the elected offices shall be filled as delineated in paragraph 4, Article IV.
3. The President and in the President’s absence, the Vice President, shall preside at all meetings of the Club and all meetings of the Executive Board.
4. The duties of the President, Vice President, Secretary and Treasurer, or their designee, shall be as established by the Executive Board from time to time.
5. The meetings of the Club shall be held on the day and time designated by the President or Executive Board. Meetings shall be held during the football season, and shall be scheduled so the last regular meeting is held prior to the last game played by the University of Delaware. Changes of meeting times and dates shall be at the discretion of the Executive Board. Meetings of the Executive Board shall be at such time and place as designated by the President. The Secretary shall duly record and securely maintain the proceedings and discussions of the Board meetings. Board meeting minutes shall be available to the membership upon request. At least one organizational meeting shall be held by the Executive Board.
6. The Treasurer shall maintain and keep secure all checkbooks and accounting records of the Club. Annually, the Treasurer shall complete a reconcifiation and report on the Club’s receipts and disbursements, and present same to the Executive Board. Interim reports should be presented at each Executive Board meeting. The President and Treasurer shall have signatory authority on the Club’s Checking and Savings accounts.
7. The Secretary shall maintain all other official records of the Club to include but not limited to Board decisions/reports, minutes of meetings, incorporation documents, correspondence, etc. The records maintained shall be kept so long as they are pertinent to ongoing Club business and/or create an historical summary of the Club.

ARTICLE VII - COMMITTEES

1. The Nominating Committee shall be appointed by the Nominating
Committee Chairperson, and shall submit at the first regular meeting in
November a slate of candidates for election as Officers and Directors of the
Club Executive Board.
2. The Communications Committee shall be appointed by the Communication Committee Chairperson. The Communications Committee shall be responsible for preparing the Club newsletter and other materials for distribution to the club membership.
3. The Membership committee shall be appointed by the Membership Committee Chairperson. The committee shall be responsible for creating materials promoting membership to members of the Club, and the creation and distribution of a “New Member” package for distribution as appropriate. The committee shall also maintain membership records and mailing lists.
4. The Banquet Committee shall be appointed by the Banquet Committee Chairperson. The Banquet Committee shall plan and execute all aspects of the annual banquet, menu and coordination of the tickets. The Banquet Chairperson shall also coordinate the planning, the soliciting of advertisements, and the printing of the banquet booklet.
5. The Special Activity Committee shall be appointed by the Special Committee Chairperson. The Committee shall be responsible for planning and executing special activities for the enjoyment of Club Members.

ARTICLE VIII - DUES

The annual dues for members and admission fees for new members shall be established yearly by the Executive Board. Fees and funds collected shall be utilized for the benefit of the club membership and the operation of the club as designated by the Executive Board.

ARTICLE IX - LUNCHEON FEES

The luncheon fees shall be set at the discretion of the Executive Board. Weekly invited speakers, members of the media and official guests of the Club will not be assessed luncheon fees.

ARTICLE XI - PRIVILEGES

Members of the Club may invite non-members as guests to the luncheon meetings. Guests who desire to become members may make application to become such.

ARTICLE XII - FINANCES

Club indebtedness is allowable only as approved by a majority vote of the Executive Board. Indebtedness will not exceed the total of funds available to the Club for expenditure purposes.

ARTICLE XII - AWARDS

The Club shall, at the conclusion of each football season, select and make such award presentations as are established by the Executive Board. All such awards shall be Club sponsored or endorsed awards and will be awarded at the discretion of the Executive Board.