Hawk Fans Gather in Davenport for I-Club Banquet
After a beautiful but slightly muggy summer day on the golf course at Davenport Country Club, a large group gathered inside the clubhouse for an evening with head coaches Ferentz and Bluder and assistant coaches Brands and Dillard for one of the best programs of the year on the I-Club circuit. Local tv news anchor Jay Kidwell from WHBF-TV4 provided a lot of energy and a great appreciation for the Iowa coaches and student athletes. Jay shared a great story about former Hawkeye Brett Greenwood (former nearby Pleasant Valley High School standout) who sent Jay a handwritten note of thanks for a highlight tape that the station made for him when he was in high schhol. Jay shared that they’ve made countless tapes for high school athletes and he couldn’t recall a time when he got a personal note from one of them. Coach Ferentz commented later that that story about Brett didn’t surprise him in the least. He shared his own story of Brett being a walk on, but getting to travel to Michigan his freshman year. He said Brett conducted himself and prepared like he was starting the game. Coach Ferentz said that told him and his coaching staff that Brett was probably something special - and that proved to be true.
Lisa Bluder was joined buy her husband Dave and spoke about the appreciation that the two of them have for the Quad Cities. Lisa got her start in collegiate coaching at St. Ambrose in Davenport and she and Dave still feel like they are coming home when they come back to the community.
Sherman Dillard made his debut on this year’s I-Club circuit. He told quite a few jokes, which promoted Coach Ferentz to say that Sherman got more laughs in 13 minutes than he’d gotten in 13 years on the I-Club circuit. Sherman shared a heartfelt sentiment to close his comments, saying that UI men’s basketball needs you (the fans) more than you need us right now. He said they appreciate the unconditional support, that they are going to continue to get better and that at the end of the day, they will make you proud.
Pat Angerer donated a signed Colts jersey which was the highlight of the live auction, coupled with many outstanding silent auction prizes including tickets to the John Deere Classic and framed prints of our coaches in action.
Ross Murty, Larry Koberg, Karole Snyder and their board put a wonderful evening together and have done a fantastic job of combining the Quad Cities and North Scott I-Clubs into the very successful Scott County I-Club.