2017 Speaker: Coach Mark Dantonio
Coach Mark Dantonio, a Zanesville, Ohio native, has coached college football for 37 years. He has spent 13 years as a head coach and 15 years in East Lansing, coaching for Michigan State University. Since arriving at Michigan State in 2007, Coach Dantonio owns an 87-33 record (.725) and has earned his spot as one of the leaders in career wins and winning percentage at MSU. He has been named Big Ten Coach of the Year twice (2010, 2013) and has led the Michigan State football team to six Top 25 finishes within nine seasons.
From 1995-2000, Coach Dantonio spent his time as Michigan State’s secondary coach where he coached under both Nick Saban and Bobby Williams. In 2000, Coach Dantonio was promoted to associate head coach, and during his six-year tenure as an assistant, the Michigan State Spartans compiled a record of 39-30-1.
Coach Dantonio is the first coach in the Big Ten to record five 11-win seasons within a six-year span. Success on the field comes along with a devotion to supporting student-athletes in the classroom as well. In his first nine seasons, 161 of his players earned their undergraduate degrees and 114 Spartans earned Academic All-Big Ten honors, including seven Academic All-America selections.
The West Michigan Sports Commission’s Annual Luncheon is sponsored this year through the generous support of Steelcase, Inc., Smith, Haughey, Rice, & Roegge, Swift Printing, Meijer, DP Fox and the Dan and Pamella DeVos Foundation, this year’s speaker is underwritten by the Secchia Family. The event serves as a fundraiser as well as a progress report to the community and stakeholders on the success of the organization in promoting and hosting youth and amateur sporting events in the region for economic enhancement, healthy living and creating a vibrant community through sport.
Date: Monday May 1, 2017
Location: JW Marriott International Ballroom
Table of 8: $650
Individual seat: $90
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Special Thanks to our Luncheon Sponsors