2016 Speaker Lineup
08/23/2016Purchase Individual Tickets
Born in Clarksburg, West Virginia, Fisher attended North View Junior High School and Liberty High School before going to Salem College (now Salem International University) in Salem, West Virginia where he played quarterback under head coach Terry Bowden from 1985–1986. When Bowden left for Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama, Fisher transferred with him to play his final season for the Bulldogs where he was named Division III National Player of the Year. The greatest influences in Fisher’s life have been his parents, John James and Gloria Fisher. His late father, a coal miner and farmer who demanded accountability from sons Jimbo and Bryan, helped them understand the value of hard work from an early age. Those lessons extended beyond the family farm and home and onto the fields and courts as a promising young football, basketball and baseball player. Fisher and his wife Candi have two sons, Trey and Ethan.
Fisher played one season in the Arena Football League in 1988 for the Chicago Bruisers. He then went on to join Terry Bowden’s staff at Samford as a graduate assistant and eventually the offensive coordinator. He moved on to Auburn University from 1993-1998. Following one season at Cincinnati he moved on to LSU from 2000-2006 as the offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach. He was a finalist for the 2001 Frank Broyles Award, presented to the nation’s top assistant coach. Fisher has had three of his quarterbacks taken in the first round of the NFL draft; JaMarcus Russell, Christian Ponder and EJ Manuel. Following his stay in Baton Rouge he accepted the offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach job at Florida State University.
After guiding the Seminoles offensive for three seasons he took over as head coach prior to the 2010 season. He led the `Noles to a 10-4 mark in 2010 – the most wins by a first-year coach in FSU history – and the first of three ACC Atlantic Division titles. He followed with a 9-4 season in 2011 and improved to 12-2 in year three before the perfect 14-0 and National Championship winning 2013 campaign.
The Seminoles became the sixth team ever to win 14 games and the first ACC team ever to accomplish the feat. Fisher was named AFCA Regional Coach of the Year for Region 1 in 2013 and was a finalist for the Eddie Robinson Coach of the Year and the Bobby Bowden Coach of the Year awards.
08/30/2016Purchase Individual Tickets
Jim Donnan is a former American football player and coach and now a television analyst for college football and a motivational speaker. He attended High School in Burlington, North Carolina at Walter M. Williams High School. He served as the head football coach at Marshall University (1990–1995) and the University of Georgia (1996–2000), compiling a career record of 104–40. His 1992 Marshall team won an NCAA Division I-AA national title. Donnan was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame as a coach in 2009.
09/13/2016Purchase Individual Tickets
Wood is a native of Massillon, Ohio, and was a standout football player and wrestler at Washington High School. He and his wife, Rosa, have three children–Jerrel, Alex and Natalie. Wood was the RB coach at the University of Miami helping the Hurricanes to a pair of National Championships. He was the head coach of James Madison University from 1995-1998 leading them to the playoffs in 1995. Wood also served as an assistant coach with the NFL’s Vikings, Bengals and Cardinals. He spent the previous four years at the University of Buffalo leading a prolific offense that averaged over 30 points a game and finished 4th in the MAC in total offense last season.
09/27/2016Purchase Individual Tickets
Brad Culpepper is a former American college and professional football player who was a defensive tackle in the National Football League (NFL) for nine seasons during the 1990s and early 2000s. Culpepper played college football for the University of Florida, and was recognized as an All-American. Selected late in the tenth round of the 1992 NFL Draft, he became a consistent starter for the Minnesota Vikings, Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Chicago Bears of the NFL. Brad starred in the 24th season of the CBS reality show Survivor.
10/11/2016Purchase Individual Tickets
Coach Frank Beamer is a retired American college football coach, most notably for the Virginia Tech Hokies, and former college football player. Beamer was a cornerback for Virginia Tech from 1966 to 1968. His coaching experience began in 1972, and from 1981 to 1986 Beamer served as the head football coach at Murray State University. He then went on to become the head football coach at Virginia Tech from 1987 until his final game in 2015. He was one of the longest tenured active coaches in NCAA Division I FBS and, at the time of his retirement, was the winningest active coach at that level with an overall record of 280-143-4. He won 3 Big East, 4 ACC titles, and numerous Coach of the Year awards.
10/25/2016Purchase Individual Tickets
Coach Butch Davis is an American football coach and current football analyst. After graduating from the University of Arkansas, he became an assistant college football coach at Oklahoma State University and the University of Miami before becoming the defensive coordinator for the Dallas Cowboys of the National Football League (NFL) where he won two Super Bowl Championships. He was head coach of the University of Miami’s Hurricanes football team from 1995 to 2000 and the NFL’s Cleveland Browns from 2001 to 2004. Davis served as the head coach of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC) Tar Heels football team.
11/15/2016Purchase Individual Tickets
Chris ‘The Bear’ Fallica has spent almost his entire ESPN career working as a research producer for the six-time Emmy Award winning College GameDay – college football’s longest-running and most-celebrated pregame show. Fallica provides statistics and information for the on-air and production crews leading up and during each week’s telecast.
Joining GameDay in 1996, Fallica’s role has continued to expand each year, now including the on air “Bear Necessities” segment on Friday nights and throughout the three-hour Saturday show. He also co-hosts the “Behind the Bets” podcast focusing on sports with a Las Vegas angle with midnight SportsCenter segment producer/commentator “Stanford Steve” Coughlin and is an ESPN Chalk columnist on ESPN.com.
Fallica also works on men’s college basketball and golf, previously attending three U.S. Opens, six Opens and four Masters. He also worked the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa.
Fallica began his ESPN career as a production assistant/tape operator with ESPN Radio in 1995.
A 1994 graduate of the University of Miami, Fallica earned a bachelors degree in broadcast journalism and history. He is a native of East Moriches, N.Y.
12/06/2016Purchase Individual Tickets
Jason Heath Sehorn (born April 15, 1971) is a former American football cornerback who played professionally in the National Football League (NFL) for the New York Giants from 1994 to 2002 and St. Louis Rams in 2003. He played college football at the University of Southern California (USC).