CONTACT:                Katy Tigchelaar, Director of Marketing & Events

                                (616) 608-1838


GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., March 7, 2017 – Mark Dantonio, the Head Football Coach for Michigan State University will be the featured speaker at the 11th Annual West Michigan Sports Commission Luncheon on Monday, May 1, 2017 at 12 p.m. (noon).  The luncheon will be held in the International Ballroom of the JW Marriott Hotel, 235 Louis Campau Promenade NW.

 Coach Dantonio is entering his 11th season as the Head Football Coach at Michigan State University and is known as one of the most accomplished head coaches in the school’s history.  Beginning in 1995-2000 as a secondary coach under both Nick Saban and Bobby Williams and then returning in 2007 as head coach, he has a total of 16 years coaching the Michigan State Spartans.

The football program has won 3 Big Ten Championships under Coach Dantonio’s leadership (2010, 2013, 2015) establishing a new school record.  He’s also the first Big Ten coach to record five 11-win seasons in a six-year span.  Prior to Coach Dantonio, the school had not recorded an 11-win season in its history.  Coach Dantonio has won the Big Ten Coach of the Year twice, in 2010 and 2013.

Under Coach Dantonio’s tutelage the team has competed in the 2007 Champs Sports Bowl, 2009 Capital One Bowl, 2010 Alamo Bowl, 2011 Capital One Bowl, 2012 Outback Bowl, 2012 Buffalo Wild Wings Bowl, 2014 Rose Bowl, 2015 Cotton Bowl, and the 2015 College Football Playoff Semifinal at the Cotton Bowl.

“Coach Dantonio is no stranger to the West Michigan Sports Commission and our luncheon,” stated Mike Guswiler, President of the West Michigan Sports Commission.  “He joined us a few years ago as a special guest to introduce our speaker Kirk Cousins, one of his most successful quarterbacks.  We are looking forward to having Coach Dantonio return and share his personal story of challenges and successes.” 

The West Michigan Sports Commission Annual Luncheon is sponsored again this year through the support of Steelcase, Inc.; Smith, Haughey, Rice & Roegge; Swift Printing & Communications and DP Fox.  Our guest speaker is underwritten through the generosity of the Secchia Family. As with past years, this luncheon serves as a fundraiser as well as a progress report to our stakeholders on the success of the organization; promoting and hosting youth and amateur sporting events in the region for economic enhancement, healthy living and creating a vibrant community through sport.

“In the more than nine years since our inception, the WMSC has helped secure or support more than 560 youth and amateur sporting events, which have contributed well over $240 million in direct visitor spending in West Michigan,” said Guswiler. “We want to set a path for future sporting endeavors, yet also celebrate our successes as we have always done at this annual event.”

As in past years, thanks to Meijer, Inc. we will again be reaching out to area high school athletic directors and coaches to attend our luncheon as guests of our Meijer Coaches Corner. 

Reservations can be made by contacting Natalie Rose at (616) 608-1836 or  A table of eight is $650, and single tickets are $90 per person. Luncheon information is also available online at


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About the West Michigan Sports Commission

The West Michigan Sports Commission, a non-profit 501 (c) (3), works to identify, secure and host a diverse level of youth and amateur sporting events to make a positive impact on the economy and quality of life in the region.

Media Contacts

West Michigan Sports Commission:

Katy Tigchelaar

Kim Skeltis, Blue Blaze PR

Meijer State Games of Michigan:

Eric Engelbarts, II

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