We have little doubt you have been following the decisions made by the university and the athletics department as they relate to the nations COVID-19 outbreak. The suspension of spring football practice and the spring game is disappointing to the whole Blue Hen family, but understandable. The BHTC Spring Game lunch has been cancelled as well.

Our members will see the BHTC bus trip information for the 2020 football season and the away game BHTC designated hotel information in their email inboxes soon. As always, we will post the clubs bus trip information to our website for non-members after our members have had the opportunity to purchase their bus seats,.

To become a BHTC member and guarantee your bus seat or receive the discounted hotel room rates we secure for the Blue Hen away games, join or renew a BHTC membership at this website. BHTC membership dues come with many benefits, but it is also how we pay for the BHTC Senior Banquet that honors the commitment our student-athletes have made to Delaware football during their careers.

Be well, be careful and be ready for the return of Delaware football!! GoHens!!!

The Club had it’s annual Awards Banquet for graduating senior team members on Sunday, January 26, 2020. Following a cocktail hour and buffet dinner, remarks were made by Club President, John Dollmeyer, Deputy Athletic Director, Jordan Skolnick, and our Head Coach, Danny Rocco. In addition to the senior team members, the entire team was once again invited.

The following awards were presented:

Outstanding Offensive Player – Pat Kehoe, QB
Outstanding Defensive Player – Cam Kitchen, DT
Outstanding Special Teams Player – Nick Pritchard, P
Outstanding Lineman – Mario Farinella, OL
Winnie Mayer Outstanding End – Owen Tyler, TE
Unsung Hero – Brian Dennis, DB and Jake Roth, K
Newark Elks Scholar-Athlete – Brent Reed, TE
Taylor Memorial Team MVP – Pat Kehoe, QB

Note: At the season final lunch BHTC members vote for their choice of each of the first 6 awards.
All awards are career awards, not a single season award.
Newark Elks Scholar-Athlete is awarded to the highest GPA senior.
As has been the case for 72 years, the Taylor Memorial Team MVP is selected by the Taylor family.

Congratulations to our seniors for their efforts, and thank you to all who attended and contribute to the Club’s success.

For the Club’s last meeting of the year, we had an outstanding speaker in David Raymond (pictured above), son of legendary UD coach Harold R. (Tubby) Raymond. Dave related stories of growing up as the son of a future Hall of Fame coach, as well as his time with Philadelphia Phillies greats, Larry Boa, Tug McGraw and others. Dave also gave us an interesting “back story” of the “Shoot Out” at Youngstown during the 1979 season. Dave, of coarse, created and performed as the Phillie Phanatic.

Attending the meeting was one of our MVP’s from the win over Stony Brook, Nick Pritchard. Nick is pictured below with his proud Dad, Jack Pritchard. For the Stony Brook game, the Special Teams MVP had 4 punts, 2 of which went over 50 yards, including one of 62 yards, another inside the 20, and a 46.5 average. Nick is 3rd at UD, all-time, with career punting yards, and 2nd all-time with career punting average. Nick would like consideration for an NFL opportunity after graduation, but also has high interest in coaching, including at UD.

Our additional speaker was Clint Sintim, our outside linebackers and special teams coach. Clint made clear that the coaches and team understand the passion of all UD fans and the club members, in particular, to get a win vs. the Wildcats.

Thank you to all who attended our meetings this year, participated in our five away game bus trips, and the efforts of John Dollmeyer as President of the Club. Next Meeting: 4/16/2020 prior to the Spring Blue-White game.

Following the 11/16/2019 victory over Stony Brook University, the Blue Hen TD Club announces the following Most Valuable Player Awards:

Offense – Will Knight #25 Running Back

Defense – Cam Kitchen #99 Defensive Lineman

Special Teams – Nick Pritchard #31 Punter

Next BHTC Luncheon
Thursday, November 21 2019
Guest Coach – Clint Sintim (linebackers & special teams)
Guest Speaker – Dave Raymond (Lifelong Blue Hen & football alum)
doors open: 11:15 am & program begins: Noon
members $20 / non-members $25

NOTE: Senior Awards voting takes place at this meeting!

Note: Photos, courtesy of Mark Campbell. www.henshots.com

Our guest speakers today were UD Football Defensive Coordinator, Chris Cosh, and UD Womens Soccer Coach, Mike Barroqueiro. Coach Cosh gave us a run down of Saturday’s opponent, Stony Brook University.

Mike Barroqueiro impressively coached our WSoccer team to a 12-7 record and a semifinal appearance in the CAA Championship in only his third year in the program. The win total was three times the prior year win total, and the third best year to year turnaround among over 300 NCAA Division I programs. Numerous records were broken, and Mike expressed his goal of winning the CAA Championship. The team plays an exciting brand of fast paced soccer at Grant Stadium, and is on a path for continued success.

Congratulations to TD Club members for participating in bus trips to all five away games, including a sold-out trip to Villanova coming up on 11/23/2019.

Please make note that the annual TD Club Senior Awards Banquet is scheduled for Sunday, January 26, 2020 at 4:00 PM in Clayton Hall. Reservations are now being accepted.

Our speakers today were Jordan Skolnick, Deputy Athletic Director, and Greg Meyer, Tight Ends Coach.

Jordan Skolnick, pictured below (sorry about the eyes closed, but we captured that smile!), gave an update on Phase One of the athletic facilities improvements. The Whitney Athletic Center and the new press box will be completed by August, 2020. The WAC will include a 9,000 SF weight room, 3X larger than our current weight room in the BCC. The new facility will be used by all 600 of our student athletes, and will include educational, nutritional, training and physical therapy areas. Phase Two will include the renovation of the Field House, and is to follow shortly. Phase Three will be a renovation to the east stands of Delaware Stadium.

Greg Meyer coached previously at FBS University of Buffalo, and grew up in Buffalo, NY. Greg gave us an update of the Tight Ends on our squad, as well as a preview of the U. Albany Great Danes.

Following the meeting of over 75 members and guests, a number of the attendees watched the outstanding UD Field Hockey squad win their CAA semifinal game, defeating JMU, 5-3. They next play Northeastern University on Sunday, 11/10 at 1:00 PM for a berth in the NCAA tournament.

Our guests today were, Jared Ambrose, Offensive Coordinator for Blue Hen Football, Martin Ingelsby, Men’s Basketball Head Coach, and Bob Clark, Assoc. Head Coach for Women’s Basketball.

Coach Ambrose provided a scouting report for the Towson Tigers, the team for whom he coached until this year. He also provided those in attendance with the starting QB on Saturday, not to be disclosed here.

Coaches Ingelsby and Clark gave us a rundown on each squad, and expectations are high for both. The season opens next week for both teams, with home games in the Bob Carpenter Center.

For those that signed up for the bus trip to Towson (SOLD OUT), the bus will leave from in front of the ice rink at 10:30 AM SHARP!

Coach Ingelsby
Bob Clark, Assoc. Head Coach
Next week’s program on Friday, 11/1 will start at 11:40 AM in order to clear the room in preparation for the Women’s home opener at 2:00 vs. Maine. Our speakers will be Greg Meyer, Asst. Coach/Tight Ends and a mystery guest to be disclosed during the week.

We look forward to hearing from Jared Ambrose, Offensive Coordinator and QB Coach.

Our special guests will be Natasha Adair and Martin Ingelsby, Womens and Mens head basketball coaches. The basketball season is fast approaching, expectations are high, and we will get a first-hand report from our coaches on what to look for this season.

Doors open at 11:15 in the Bob Carpenter Club. Presentation at Noon. Cost is $20 for member, $25 for non-member.

 

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.

Doors open at 11:15 AM, program starts at noon. Speakers are Coach Dave Legg and special guests, members of the 1979 National Championship team. We will honor our MVP’s from the UNH win: the entire Offensive Line, our Special Teams kickers, and Cam Kitchen from the Defensive Line.