I-Club Spring Banquet held at Newton Speedway
The Jasper County I-Club hosted 285 loyal Hawks for their annual I-Club banquet on Thursday, April 28 on a beautiful but breezy spring evening at the Iowa Speedway in Newton, IA. Voice of the Hawkeyes, Gary Dolphin, recently named Iowa Sportscaster of the Year (presented by the National Sportscasters and Sportswriters Association) was on hand to emcee and entertain.
Dolphin was joined by Iowa Men’s Basketball Assistant Coach Kirk Speraw, Iowa Wrestling Assistant Coach Terry Brands, Iowa Women’s Basketball Head coach Lisa Bluder and Head Football Coach Kirk Ferentz. All the coaches spent some time recapping the past season and gave the group some insight into what we will see from the Hawks in 2011 – 2012.
Terry Brands told a funny story about being heckled at one of the first tournaments he coached upon returning to Iowa under twin brother Tom Brands. The tournament was not going as well as the coach had hoped it would, and as of Saturday night, the team was still battling. A boisterous fan yelled that “Iowa should have hired your mom” in an effort to rattle/disrespect both Terry and Tom. Terry felt obligated to respond. (Terry noted that he typically does not respond to comments from the crowd, but that on this occasion he had what he called a “lapse in his therapy”). He responded that his mom, Bonnie, “would have had this thing wrapped up on Thursday night”. The crowd loved the joke, particularly enjoying that Terry and Tom’s mother Bonnie was in the crowd that evening, along with Terry’s wife Michelle and daughter Sydney. Brands continued with this great storytelling while also informing the crowd that he knows that they expect championships from his program– nothing less. He shares their expectations.
The evening wrapped up with over 175 door prizes given away – Executive Director of Development Matt Henderson commented from the podium that he’d never seen an I-Club go through so many prizes so quickly and great credit was given to long time Jasper County I-Club President Dan Ellis for his efforts on the evening’s event. A check for $2,500 was also presented by the Jasper County I-Club to Henderson to support Iowa Athletics.