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SoCal D-I College Coaches' Luncheon
This Thursday @ LAAC--(Sept. 30, 2000)


Los Angeles Athletic Club SoCal Coaches Preview Luncheon


Thursday, October 5, 2000


Los Angeles Athletic Club


431 W. 7th Street., LA, CA


11 Division-I NCAA Coaches


11:30 p.m. -2:00 p.m.



It's that time of year again. . . . time to sit down and break some bread with a few old faces (Steve Lavin, Steve Fisher, Bob Williams, Bobby Braswell, Wayne Morgan, etc) and some new ones (Donny Daniels, and maybe even Henry Bibby, if he doesn't send an assistant this time :^) ), along with newspaper and traditional media, athletic directors and some of the "new" media internet guys in the very pleasant  surroundings of the upstairs dining room at the Los Angeles Athletic Club.  The occasion?  The Annual Southern California Division I Coaches Tip-Off/Preview Luncheon.

Last year's event was very enjoyable, a couple of hours during which the assembled head coaches from all of the local D-I schools (with the exception of USC, which sent first year assistant Paul Mokeski instead) gave their own candid assessments of each teams' strengths, weaknesses, what they thought about the rest of the teams in their respective conferences, their prospects for the coming season, and more. We were actually surprised to find that many of the coaches who we thought were really pretty serious guys were among the funniest.   In all, this is usually a great event, and we think this year will be too, and we're looking forward to attending.

Although we've received some phone calls from the folks organizing the luncheon, we haven't been able to connect up with them during the past week, and thus we don't know exactly who is coming, but we do know that the event is intended to include every Division I NCAA program from San Luis Obispo in the north, all the way down to San Diego in the south.  And while John Masi wasn't invited last year (an oversight?), with the bona fide rise of UC Riverside to the Division I level this past season, and a schedule this year which has them playing Stanford, Oregon State and six Big West Conference schools (in anticipation of the Highlander Grizzlies joining the Big West as a full-fledged member following the 2000-01 season) we would expect to see them there this year, making it an even dozen D-I coaches in attendance this year:

Cal Poly SLO  

Jeff Schneider


Bob Williams


Bobby Braswell


Steve Lavin


Henry Bibby

Cal State Fullerton  

Donny Daniels

Long Beach State  

Wayne Morgan

UC Irvine  

Pat Douglass

UC Riverside  

John Masi

San Diego State  

Steve Fisher

University of San Diego  

Brad Holland

Loyola Marymount  

Steve Aggers

Tickets are $25.00 and are available by telephone reservation (payable either in advance or at the door), but reservations are advisable, because the event will sell out early.  For further information, contact the LA Athletic Club at 213-630-5255.

See you there.

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