The Blue Hen Touchdown Club welcomes our new Head Coach, Ryan Carty!

We look forward to a long, successful and productive relationship!

Go Hens!

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Speakers at our meeting included, David Legg, LB and Special Teams Coach, along with basketball coaches Natasha Adair and Martin Ingelsby.

Coach Legg reported on expectations for the upcoming game with Richmond. Coach Adair discussed her women’s team and an update on recruiting success. Coach Ingelsby discussed prospects for the men’s season.

Our final meeting of the year will be this Friday, November 19th with Assistant Linebacker Coach Rich Yahner, and Head Coach Danny Rocco.

At this meeting, we will be voting on the oustanding players this year, with the awards to be presented at the Touchdown Club Banquet on January 29, 2022.

We will also be be voting on our slate of Officers and Directors, to take office on 2/01/2022.
This meeting will also have the drawing for the numerous quality items for the year-end “Red Ticket Drawing”.

As usual, we meet at the Newark Coubtry Club. Luncheon served at 11:15, program at noon. $25 for members, $30 for guest.

Coach Ingelsby

Our guest speakers, Ed Ginder and Earle Miller (pictured above) gave a well received description of the activities of the “chain gang” at UD home football games. Ed, the leader of the crew is in his 47th year of being on the sidelines.

We heard an explanation of exactly how the line of scrimmage and down and distance are accurately maintained. We also heard how the crew stays away from being flattened by on rushing ball carriers and tacklers. Basically they drop the sticks and run in the opposite direction!

The crew has received recognition numerous times over the years as to their professionalism and accuracy. We heard exactly how the 2010 National Championship crew in Frisco, TX likely cost UD the championship by removing the clips on the chain prematurely. Our gang would have not done that! Fun stories were shared about colorful sideline interactions with opposing coaches including Wayne Hardin (Temple), Mickey Matthews (JMU), Joe Girardi (Hofstra), and Andy Talley, Villanova.

Prior to the chain gang, we heard from Defensive Back Coach, Holman Copeland, who gave us the pregame report on William & Mary. Coach “Cope” disclosed a defensive strategy that worked to perfection the next day.

Next meeting: Newark Country Club, Thursday, November 11th, with Linebacker and co-Special Teams Coach, David Legg, and Basketball Coaches Martin Ingelsby and Natasha Adair. Food service at 11:15, program at noon. Members $25, guests $30.

Our speakers at the Newark Country Club included Defensive Quality Control Coach, Jalen Kindle, Deputy Athletic Director, Jordan Skolnick, and Associate Athletic Director for Communications, Denise Thompson. We also had a visit by Club favorite, Jerry Oravitz.
Jalen gave a report on the defensive squad and highlighted the excellent performances by Johnny Buchanan and Andrew Pawlowski in the JMU game in compensating for Colby Reeder’s absence due to injury.

Jordan gave us an insight into what Phase II of the facility renovations may include. The expectation is to make Delaware Field House the “home” of Delaware football. Possible enhancements include expanding the current indoor practice field from 70 yards to 100 yards, new offices, lockers, etc. He also disclosed that there will be a new video board in the stadium next year.

Denise filled us in regarding the other UD sports teams, as well as noting that RB Dejoun Lee was on the cusp of having over 4,000 all purpose yards in his career, placing him 9th all time at UD. Note: Dejoun accomplished it vs. Dixie State.

Our speakers on Friday, November 5th will be Assistant Coach for Corners, Holman Copeland and special guests, Ed Ginder and Earl Miller. Ed and Earl have been long time members of the “chain gang” at UD and will describe experiences, events and personalities that span from their careers with Dave Nelson, Tubby Raymond, to the present. We expect their memories to be highly entertaining.

As always, food served at 11:15, program at noon. $25 for members, $30 for guests.

Our guest coach speaker is UD alumnus and Club favorite, Jalen Kindle, Defensive Coach. Our guest speaker is Jordan Skolnick, Deputy Athletic Director.

We will also be distributing registration and banquet book advertising forms for the Senior Banquet to be held January 29, 2022.

Food service at 11:15, program at Noon. Hope to see you there. Go Hens!

The coach that spoke to the group was Wide Reciever Coach, Alex Wood. Coach Wood gave us a good rundown on the athletes in his group, and a look ahead to our game at Rhode Island.

Our guest speaker was Kevin Tresolini of the News Journal. Kevin related a stories from his youth, going to Lehigh games vs. UD, onto his time a student sports writer for The Review at UD. Kevin’s all time favorite game was the 1977 contest against undefeated and bowl bound Colgate.

We also heard a review of the very active weekend sports schedule from Brendan Thomas, Director of Communications.

Our next meeting at the Newark Country Club is Thursday, 10/14 prior to the game at Stoney Brook. Our speakers will be a Offensive Line Coach Brian Stinespring, and Mike Barroqueiro, the dynamic women’s soccer coach.

The day before the UD victory over Albany, the Touchdown Club met at the Newark Countery Club. Greg Meyer, Assistant Coach for running backs, expressed his pleasure with the entire RB roster. He also provided a rundown of the Great Danes.

Our guest speakers were Chris Locke and Scott Day from the Unlocke the Light Foundation. Chris gave a moving presentaion on the loss of his son, Sean Locke to the effects of depression, and the difficulty in recognizing the symptoms, even in those to whom you are very close. Scott also filled us in on the thousands of visits to Sean’s House, the hundreds that have been counseled, and the dozens of suicides that have been prevented by the Foundation.

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Donations to the Foundation are greatly appreciated.

Our next meeting at the Newark Country Club is Thursday 10/7/2021, with Wide Reciever Coach Alex Wood.
Food served at 11:15. Meeting at 12:00.

On to Rhode Island. Go Hens!

Our guest speakers were, Bill Polin, Tight Ends Coach and Recruiting coordinator, and Denise Thompson, Assoc. AD for communications.

Bill gave us a brief review of the Blue Hen’s win over Saint Francis, as well a look at this week’s game at Rutgers. His review of recruiting gave the group a picture of the challenges COVID created for our staff in 2020. Some of our most recent signing class had not met our coaches in person until they had arrived on campus this last summer.

Denise Thompson reminded the group we have not played Rutgers since 1973 and that we have 18 New Jersey high school players on our roster that are looking forward to the game.

Before and after this week’s lunch, our members were treated to a tour of the new Whitney Athletic
Center. The Club’s good friend, Jerry Oravitz, graciously conducted the tours. The Blue Hen Touchdown Club was one of 600 plus organizations and individuals that donated to building this “game changing” facility for our Fightin’ Blue Hens football program and other UD student-athletes.

Next Lunch; Friday, October 1st
Guest Coach: Greg Meyer, running backs
Guest Speaker: Chris Locke and Scott Day of SL24 Unlocke the Light Foundation
Location … Newark Country Club
Time: Food Service 11:15 AM, Program at Noon

Defensive Line Coach Levern Belin gave a spirited presentation, with an outlook on the St. Francis Red Flash personel, as well as a demonstration of the energy, effort and yes, love, that he brings to his coaching efforts. More than one of the BHTC attendees were ready to run through a wall for the coach!

Coach Stewart described in detail the planning and resources that went into the new weight room in the Whitney Athletic Center. In the planning and execution of the facility, Chris got every feature that he asked for. There are electric and ethernet at each weight rack with 3D cameras , which allows for measurement and tracking of all movement for analyical study. Force plates measure efficiency of effort.

President John Dollmeyer reminded members that all meetings this year will be at the Newark Country Club. The next meeting is Wednesday, 9/15/2021. Next week we have tight ends coach Bill Polin as our guest coach. Bill is also the staff’s recruiting coordinator and normally gives us an update of the program’s current status in that area. We are not having a guest speaker that day because we have coordinated tours of the Whitney Athletic Center for our membership, before and after the luncheon.

Strength & Conditioning Coach Chris Stewart