Gottfried to speak at UPIKE athletics banquet

PIKEVILLE, Ky. – The University of Pikeville will celebrate the 2011-12 athletics year with a banquet on Sunday, May 6 at the East Kentucky Expo Center.

The guest speaker will be Mike Gottfried, who spent 12 successful seasons as a head college football coach, is known as one of television’s most respected game analysts. Since 1990, he’s served as an ESPN college football analyst for ESPN’s Saturday Primetime telecasts.

The event will begin at 4 p.m. and will be held on the main floor. The public is welcome to the ceremony. The cost is $25 per person.

Two awards will be given at the event. The Chrisman Awards go to a senior male and female student-athlete who exhibit the well-rounded qualities the University of Pikeville strives to graduate. The student-athletes should be held to high standards in the classroom, the community and on his or her field of play.

During his four years at Pittsburgh, Gottfried compiled a record of 26-17-2, including two wins each over Notre Dame, Penn State and West Virginia. His total coaching record as a college head football coach is 77-54-6.

A sought after motivational speaker, Gottfried travels throughout the United States speaking at colleges, high schools and corporations. He also has spearheaded fund-raisers for charitable organizations in Alabama and Ohio. He helped found the GMAC Bowl in 2001.

In 2000, Gottfried founded Team Focus, a comprehensive mentoring program for fatherless boys and young men. His vision and drive for the program is based on his life experiences. Gottfried states, “Growing up without a father around and knowing what it feels like, I have a desire to provide a place for young men to come and be encouraged, motivated and challenged.” The goal of Team Focus is to provide fatherless young men ages 10 to 18 with leadership skills, guidance, Godly values and a continual relationship with a mentor. Through teamwork with the families, teachers and counselors, Team Focus offers support in a relaxed, cost-free atmosphere.

Gottfried graduated from Morehead State (KY) in 1966 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in education and in 1973 received his Master’s Degree of Education. He has written two books, “Coach’s Challenge” and “Wisdom from Winners.”

In 2010 Mike was named the Mobilian of the Year by the Cottage Hill Civitan Club for his extraordinary, positive impact on the Mobile community. Mike and his wife, Mickey, were named the recipients of the 2010 Director’s Community Leadership Award by the FBI Special Agent in Charge of the Mobile Division for their work with Team Focus.

He and his wife, Mickey, have two children and three grandchildren.

For more information on the banquet, please contact Jordan Gibson at 606/218-5296 or jordangibson@upike.edu.


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