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