Hall of Fame coach to speak at Lamar Football Banquet

Hall of Fame coach Gene Stallings will be the guest speaker at the 2016 Lamar Un
Lamar Volleyball

Hall of Fame coach Gene Stallings will be the guest speaker at the 2016 Lamar University Football Banquet on Sunday, Aug. 28, inside the Montagne Center beginning at 6 p.m. The banquet will serve as the Golden Triangle’s first opportunity to meet the 2016 LU players and coaches.

Individual tickets are on sale for $130, and tables can be purchased at Gold, Red and White levels. A 10-seat Gold level table is $5,000, while the 10-seat Red level tables are $2,500. An hour prior to the start of the banquet, there will be a special VIP reception with Stallings for the gold and red table members. Eight-seat White level tables are $1,000.

A Texas A&M alum and one of the “Junction Boys,” Stallings went on to become one of the greatest coaches in the history of college football. A member of the College Football, Alabama Sports, Texas Sports, Texas A&M, Gator Bowl and Cotton Bowl halls of fame, Stallings was hired as head coach of his alma mater at age 29.

He later went on to be named head coach at the University of Alabama, where he guided the Crimson Tide to the 1992 national title. Alabama posted a perfect 13-0 record that season and defeated Miami in the Sugar Bowl to lay claim to the championship.

A two-time SEC Coach of the Year, Stallings’ career expands far beyond the collegiate realm. In 1972, Stallings joined Tom Landry to become secondary coach of the Dallas Cowboys. Stallings remained in Dallas for 14 seasons, helping guide the Cowboys to a Super Bowl XII victory. Following his time with the Cowboys, he was named head coach of the St. Louis Cardinals (the franchise eventually moved to Phoenix, Ariz.) in 1986.

The banquet will once again consist of a live and silent auctions, and fans will be entertained by the LU Spirit squads and the Southeast Texas Showcase Band.

For more information, contact Angel Dauphine at (409) 880-7157.

Golf camp

The Lamar University men’s and women’s golf teams will conduct a three-day summer day camp from Monday, July 25, – Wednesday, July 27, at the Beaumont Country Club. The camp will run from 9-11:30 a.m. each day. The cost of $150 includes instruction, a participant gift, awards and light refreshment and snacks.

The camp will focus on helping junior golfers learn and improve upon the fundamental skills necessary for success on the course. The camp is open to all levels of golfers, from those just learning the game to those hoping to play at the collegiate level.

Campers will receive instruction from LU men’s golf coach Jessie Mudd and women’s golf coach Jessica Steward, along with PGA teaching professional Jerry Honza. Enrollment is limited to the first 18 golfers.

For more information, view lamargolfcamps.com.

Volleyball

It will be awhile before fans of the Lamar University volleyball team are able to catch the 2016 Cardinals in action at McDonald Gym, but six straight weeks on the road – four at tournaments – will test them for the league portion of the schedule.

LU has only eight home contests, starting with Southland Conference foe Central Arkansas at 7 p.m. on Oct. 6. All of the Big Red’s home matches are in Southland Conference play.

“The first few weeks will give us the chance to establish a road routine, which is going to be big for us in conference play,” said head coach Alan Edwards. “It will also help us with team bonding, as well as pit us against some of the very best in the country.

“I feel like we have a tremendous amount of talent on this team, and playing Big 12 and SEC opponents can help us prove it to ourselves.”

The year gets underway Aug. 26 in the Bulldog Invitational at Mississippi State, which features the likes of Kansas and Eastern Washington. KU, which advanced to the Final Four of the 2015 NCAA Volleyball Championships, is one of three teams the Cards will face that made NCAA tourney appearances a year ago, joining Ohio and Texas A&M-Corpus Christi.

Following the Bulldog Invite, Lamar heads to Houston for the UH Invitational (Sept. 2-3) to face a couple of familiar foes in the Houston Cougars and Texas Southern, as well as Idaho State. From there, Big Red goes to Oklahoma to participate in the NIKE Invitational (Sept. 8-10), where the Lady Cards will play Texas-San Antonio and Ohio.

The final tournament of the season will be the Hawkeye Invitational (Sept. 16-17) at the University of Iowa. In that event, LU will play UI and South Dakota – twice.

The Cardinals get their league schedule underway on Sept. 22 at Southeastern Louisiana, followed by matches on the road against New Orleans (Sept. 24) and Houston Baptist (Oct. 1).

“The road is always a tough place to play, and it will be nice to get back to McDonald Gym,” he said. “We have a special environment in our gym, and it will give us something to look forward to throughout the non-conference schedule.”

Back-to-back matches, including the one against UCA, will open the year at McDonald Gym. The back half of the duo will be a 2 o’clock start against Northwestern State. The longest home stand of the year will be three contests from Oct 27 – Nov. 1, and features Stephen F. Austin, Sam Houston State and HBU.

Prior to that stand, LU will face Incarnate Word (Oct. 13), Corpus Christi (Oct. 15), Nicholls (Oct. 20) and McNeese (Oct. 22) on the road and Abilene Christian (Oct. 18) at home.

LU wraps up the season with a road rematch against ACU on Nov.5, and the final two contests of the year at McDonald against Corpus Christi (Nov. 10) and UIW (Nov. 12).

The Southland Conference Tournament takes place in Conway, Ark., and will be hosted by UCA from Nov. 18-20.

 

– Compiled by Chad Cooper

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