Date(s) & Time(s)::
September 7, 2011 at 5:30 PM until 8:00 PM
Location: Michel Student Center Ballroom, Bradley University
Dining & Dishing with Coaches Stevens and Ford
Michel Student Center Ballroom, Bradley University
The Heart of Illinois Down Syndrome Association, Inc. is proud to host an inspirational evening with Coach Brad Stevens of Butler University and Coach Geno Ford of Bradley University.
Tickets $50 each (includes a sit-down dinner with dessert)
*Individuals with Down syndrome attend free of charge. To register an individual with Down syndrome, email name and address to firstname.lastname@example.org.
All proceeds benefit HOIDSA, a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization dedicated to improving the quality of life of persons with Down syndrome by providing support, advocacy, and educational opportunities to those individuals, their families, and community advocates.
Order of Events:
5:30 - 6:00 p.m. - Doors Open
6:00 - 6:45 p.m. - Dinner
6:45 - 8:00 p.m. - Keynote by Coach Stevens and Coach Ford
Coach Brad Stevens - In just his fourth year as a collegiate head coach and 11 years after leaving a business position as a marketing associate, Brad Stevens at age 34 sits on top of the list for best basketball coaching starts in NCAA History.
Stevens owns two Horizon League Coach of the Year awards, has guided the Bulldogs to 110 wins in his brief career, breaking the previous four-year NCAA Division I record. He led his team to two back-to-back NCAA Final Four appearances in 2010 and 2011. He also holds the NCAA three-year record with 89 victories, and he's second on the two-year list with 56 wins.
Coach Stevens is the subject of the recent book, "Underdawgs: How Brad Stevens and the Butler Bulldogs Marched Their Way to the Brink of College Basketball's National Championship" by David Woods. Copies will be available to purchase at the event (cash or check only).
Coach Geno Ford - The Mid-American Conference Coach of the Year the last two seasons at Kent State University is the 13th head coach in Bradley Basketball history.
In his third season at the helm of the Kent State program, Ford, 36, became the first men's basketball coach to lead his team to consecutive, outright MAC regular-season titles in 48 years. After winning the 2009-10 title with a 13-3 league record, Ford welcomed back only three returning players for the title defense, but successfully navigated the season with 10 newcomers to earn the repeat MAC championship in 2010-11.
In addition to his two MAC Coach-of-the-Year Awards, Ford was the 2009 NABC District 14 Coach of the Year. Ford comes to Bradley with a six-year career record of 119-69 (.633).