Sports Corp College Football Kick-Off Luncheon Set for July 12

Sports Corp College Football Kick-Off Luncheon Set for July 12


Sports Corp College Football Kick-Off Luncheon 



Sports Corp College Football Kick Off Luncheon Set for July 12 With Coaches From Air Force, CU, CSU, CSU-Pueblo and Northern Colorado Presenting a Look Ahead at The 2017 Season    


Colorado Springs-------College football fans in the state can get a preview of the coming 2017 season from the head coaches at Air Force, CU, CSU, CSU-Pueblo and Northern Colorado at the Sports Corp's annual College Football Kick Off Luncheon on Wednesday, July 12, at the Hotel Eleganté Conference & Event Center, 2886 S. Circle Drive in Colorado Springs.

The 12:00 noon program will feature U.S. Air Force Academy Head Coach Troy Calhoun, University of Colorado Head Coach Mike MacIntyre, Colorado State University-Pueblo Head Coach John Wristen, University of Northern Colorado Head Coach Earnest Collins Jr. and Colorado State University Head Coach Mike Bobo.                

July 12
12:00 - 1:15 pm

Hotel Elegante Conference & Event Center
2886 South Circle Drive
Colorado Springs, CO 80906

$300 / Table for 10 (Sports Corp Member and Booster Club Members)

$350 / Table for 10 (Non-Member)

$30 / Individual (Sports Corp Member and Booster Club Members)
$35 / Individual (Non-Member)

Note: To encourage networking and foster stronger relationships within our community, The Sports Corp's annual sport luncheons will be OPEN SEATING. We recommend early arrival if you would like to sit as a group or you may request a reserved table for your organization.

Schedule of Events
11:30 am - Registration Begins & Food Buffet Line Opens
12:00 pm - Luncheon Program Begins
1:15 pm - Conclusion of Event

For more information or to RSVP, contact Rebekah Bressler (719.634.7333 ext. 1003, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. )

U.S. Air Force Academy head coach Troy Calhoun has agreed to a one-year contract extension which keeps him under contract through 2021.  Calhoun completed his 10th season as head coach in 2016 where he has a 77-53 overall record. He has led the U.S. Air Force Academy to nine bowl games, including a school-record six straight from 2007-12. Calhoun led the Falcons a 10-3 overall record in 2016, just the seventh 10-win season in school history. Air Force closed the season with a 45-21 win over South Alabama in the Arizona Bowl and a six-game winning streak which ties as the sixth-longest in the nation. The team won the Commander-in-Chief's Trophy for the second time in three seasons with victories over Army (31-12) and Navy (28-14). The Falcons were 5-1 at home and have won 17 of the last 18 in Falcon Stadium dating back to 2014.

Mike MacIntyre has completed his fourth season as head coach at the University of Colorado. In his fourth year at CU, he led the Buffaloes to their first 10-win season in 15 years. Each of his four CU teams have made gigantic strides, but his 2016 team (10-4) earned him eight National Coach of the Year honors from the Associated Press, Walter Camp, Bobby Dodd, ESPN/Home Depot, FWAA/Eddie Robinson, American Football Coaches Association (AFCA), SB Nation and, as well as a finalist for the Bear Bryant and Maxwell Club awards.  He also earned the AFCA Region 5 Coach of the Year honor and the group's inaugural Comeback Coach of the Year Award.  The Colorado Sports Hall of Fame presented him with its "King of the Hill" honor for all sports within the state for 2016. The Buffs were ranked No. 10 in the CFP's final standings, and finished No. 15 in the coaches and No. 17 in the AP polls, the first time CU made the final rankings since 2002.


In just eight seasons, John Wristen has turned the once defunct Colorado State University-Pueblo football program into an NCAA Division II powerhouse. He has chalked up a gaudy 88-21 mark, five conference championships and a national title. With a program record 14-1 season in 2014, he guided the ThunderWolves to the national championship game where they defeated then-No. 1 Minnesota State University, Mankato, 13-0. Now In his eighth season at the helm, Wristen, a five-time RMAC Coach of the Year honoree (2011-15) led the Pack to a positive 8-3 mark last fall and a tie for first place in the RMAC. Wristen has led the Pack to three appearances in the NCAA Division II Quarterfinals in four years. CSU-Pueblo went 12-2 in 2015 and collected its fifth straight Rocky Mountain Athletic Conference title in an undefeated (9-0) fashion, the Pack's fourth perfect conference season in five years. Following the season, he was honored as Mile High Sports Coach of the Year. He was named 2014 American Football Coaches Association NCAA Division II Coach of the Year following his national championship season.

Earnest Collins, Jr, has returned Northern Colorado football to prominence with back-to-back 6-5 records in 2015/2016, playing in the rugged NCAA D-I Big Sky Conference. In those two winning seasons UNC defeated powers like Montana and Abilene Christian. That follows four straight losing seasons as Collins rebuilt the UNC football program, which was a former NCAA D-II powerhouse with national titles in 1996 and 1997 and seven NCAA Playoff appearances under Joe Glenn. Collins is the 16th football coach in school history and the first to return to his alma mater to serve as head coach. His coaching career includes stops at Alcorn State (head coach), Northwest Missouri, Central Florida, Kansas, and as an assistant at UNC from 2000 to 2003. In 1996, Collins received his bachelor's degree in kinesiology from Northern Colorado after playing for the Bears from 1991-94, where he amassed 978 punt return yards, then the school record and still second all-time. His 497 punt return yards from his senior season are still atop the school's leader board.

Mike Bobo is in his third season as head coach at Colorado State, having been appointed in 2014 as the 22nd head coach in program history. Bobo came to Fort Collins from the University of Georgia, where the former Bulldogs quarterback had spent the previous 14 seasons, including the last eight as offensive coordinator. In 2016 Bobo became the first head coach in CSU history to lead the Rams to a bowl game in each of his first two seasons. In both years his Rams teams have steadily improved and finished strong, as evidenced by his 7-1 record in November games, which includes a 4-1 mark on the road. The 2016 Rams closed the regular season winning four of their last five games, and five of their last seven, including a sensational 63-31 win over Mountain West Conference Champion San Diego State, to finish the regular season at 7-5 for the second year in a row. The Rams' offense fueled the late-season surge, averaging 47.8 points and 533.8 yards per game over the last six contests, including the post-season Famous Idaho Potato Bowl Game against Idaho.