Clinton County I-Club Spring Banquet
The Clinton County I-Club, led by long time dedicated volunteers Jeff Stoutner and Rob Cassidy hosted 250 at the Wild Rose Casino on Wednesday night for their annual spring banquet. Coaches Ferentz, Zadick, Francis and Fitzgerald were on the docket, along with I-Club banquet mainstays Matt Henderson, Executive Director of Development, Intercollegiate Athletics at the UI Foundation and Gary Dolphin, Voice of the Hawkeyes.
Coach Zadick commented that the steak and baked potato dinner looked fantastic, and was apologetic that he couldn’t eat it. He’s on a very strict diet because he is training for an international competition in June. He and recent Iowa graduate and NCAA champ Brent Metcalf, along with several other former Hawks continue to train in Iowa City for international titles. Zadick went on to show the crowd a banner that had been hand drawn for him by an 8 year old at the event. It said MIKE ZADICK in black and gold and had Penn State and ISU circled and crossed out. Mike joked that this banner was a great summary of their feelings in the weight room – every opponent is mentally circled, with a line through it.
Coach Francis spoke about the men’s basketball staff and team’s appreciation for the support of Hawk Nation. He went on to share a bit about each recruit, including junior college transfer Anthony Hubbard who has been the subject of media coverage as of late. Francis shared that Anthony is a mature, grateful, talented kid and that Hawk fans will appreciate his ability and his demeanor. He looked forward to our fans getting to know Anthony and all of the incoming student athletes.
Coach Ferentz made some great comparisons to the talent they have coming up to the talent that has graduated from the program. He mentioned that anticipated starting quarterback James Vandenberg was, “probably ready to go a year ago but he was stuck behind a pretty talented player” and that there were many other examples of great kids with special talent in the freshman, sophomore, and junior classes just waiting for their turn.
The event was highlighted by generous door prizes, some golf prizes which were earned earlier in the day out on the Clinton Country Club at the Oaks and the opportunity for guests to enjoy the beautiful Wild Rose facility. Clinton I-Club president Jeff Stoutner couldn’t have been more pleased with the day’s event and the fantastic crowd of enthusiastic hawk fans.