Bauer Guest Coaches Give UH Football 2010 Home Games
Added Edge As Group Gets Front-Row Seat to Gridiron Action
For the second year, the University of Houston C. T. Bauer College of Business and UH Athletics are partnering for the Bauer Business Leaders Program, an initiative that aims to connect student athletes with prominent Houston business leaders.
Each Cougar home game will feature honorary Guest Sideline Coaches and Escorts, who will attend the pre-game meal with the team and coaches, participate in all team meetings before the game, arrive to the game on the team bus, and participate in the traditional Cougar Walk with the team and the Cougar marching band and cheer team.
Last year’s Guest Coaches featured top executives and leaders from ExxonMobil, Pi Studios, Integrity Financial Group, Growth Capital Partners, Sequent Energy Management, LINN Energy, Barclays Capital, Insperity and CenterPoint Energy. The 12 coaches went 6-0 in all home games as the Cougars went undefeated in Robertson Stadium.
“Bauer is a first-class organization, and their alumni and supporters lead the business community,” said Justin Moore, assistant athletics director for football operations. “We believe this partnership enhances the connection between UH Athletics and Houston’s business leaders, and will be a great program for everyone involved.”
“Our coaches represent real world leadership for which Coach Sumlin wants all athletes at UH to aspire,” said Bob Casey, associate dean for external relations, Bauer. “It is powerful that they are able to be an inspiration for our players, right on the sidelines during a game.”
The UH Cougars football team kicked off the 2010 season on Sept. 4 with a huge rout over Texas State, 68-28, bringing the Cougars and Guest Coaches winning streak to 7-0 in Robertson Stadium. State Farm SVP Phillip Hawkins and agency field executive Chris Alba were part of the largest home crowd in UH history.
Guest Coaches Tim O’Rourke of ICON Information Consultants and Mark McDaniel, Chief Procurement Officer of ConocoPhillips were on hand with escort Matthew Houston (BBA ’02) of The Houston Group for the second consecutive sold-out home game of the season on Sept. 10 as the Cougars bested UTEP, 54-24.
James Bashaw, president and CEO of James E. Bashaw & Co., and David Sheives, chief operating officer of Gainer Donnelly & Desroaches LLP, watched the Cougars defeat Tulane on Sept. 25, 42-23.
Coaches’ escort Mike Linn, chairman and CEO of LINN Energy, accompanied guest sideline coaches George Alcorn, president and owner of Alcorn Exploration, and Mark Wallace, president and CEO of Texas Children’s Hospital, on the sidelines for the Oct. 9 game vs. Mississippi State. The game marked the end of the Cougars’ 18-game home winning streak, 47-24.
For the Nov. 5 game against the University of Central Florida Knights, members of the UH Bauer Dean’s Executive Board came together to root for the Cougars on the sidelines. Cameron CEO Jack Moore (BBA ‘77), Growth Capital Partners chairman John McNabb and Petrohawk CEO Floyd Wilson were all on hand for pre-game tailgating as well as the game, which ended in a defeat for the Cougars, 40-33.
The final home game of the 2010 Cougar football season was also UH Homecoming as the Coogs took on Tulsa. Insperity executive vice president Jay Mincks (’87) and The Houston Group senior vice president and past president of the UH Athletic Foundation Lynn Houston (’68), served as guest sideline coaches, while Richard Rawson (’72), president of Insperity and chairman of UH Bauer’s Dean’s Executive Board, was escort. The Nov. 13 game ended in a loss for the Cougars, 28-25.
By Jessica Navarro