2014 Coaches Caravan: Opening Night In Denton
Caravan Moves On To Plano Tuesday, Gainesville on Wednesday, Cotton Bowl Thursday
May 20, 2014
DENTON – The 2014 North Texas Coaches Caravan kicked off Monday night in Apogee Stadium's Hub Club, giving fans a chance to meet and greet Mean Green coaches and administrators in a casual setting.
This was the first of four stops this week for the caravan, which resumes Tuesday at Park Place Lexus in Plano before moving on to Gainesville on Wednesday and concluding at the historic Cotton Bowl on Thursday.
Monday night’s event had one of the largest turnouts of coaches in the Caravan's history, and was highlighted by a town-hall type question and answer session with seven different head coaches, including head football coach Dan McCarney and basketball coaches Tony Benford and Mike Petersen. In addition, first-year coaches Tracey Kee (softball), Brendon Bray (swimming) and Andrew Palileo (volleyball) were introduced to the crowd and joined by men’s golf coach Brad Stracke. Several assistant coaches were also on hand.
The caravan is a chance for Mean Green fans to interact with coaches and administrators away from the courts and fields of competition. Fans can also pick up schedule posters and Mean Green apparel while getting ticket information for the upcoming sports season.
“Everything we do is in an effort to help our core supporters get to know us better and to try and introduce new fans to our programs,” McCarney said. “We have built a tremendous foundation of loyal followers but we need to expand on that. Hopefully this event is a way that we can get out and reach new people.”
Each caravan will run from 6 to 8 p.m. and is free and open to the public.