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Schedule For Monday, October 1, 2018

On Monday night, October 1st, the Macon Touchdown Club will welcome Coach Bobby Lamb of Mercer University as our feature speaker.

Since guiding the Bears through a return to the gridiron in 2013, following a 72-year hiatus, Bobby Lamb has continued to build the Mercer football program into a focal point of Macon and the surrounding Middle Georgia communities.

Lamb enters his sixth season as Mercer’s head football coach in 2018 and will lead a squad that returns 18 starters from the year prior and placed eight student-athletes on the 2018 Preseason All-Southern Conference team. He veteran coach recorded his 100th victory of his career, against Jacksonville on September 8th.

Named the 19th head football coach in program history in 2011, Lamb led the Bears to immediate success in their first season of action in 2013, claiming the third 10-win season of his coaching career and setting the NCAA Division I record for wins by a first-year program with a 10-2 campaign. The 2013 win total also set a school record for victories, surpassing the previous mark (7), which was set by Lake Russell’s 1931 & 1932 squads. For his efforts, Lamb finished third in the PFL Coach of the Year voting & ranked among the top 11 finalists for FCS National Coach of the Year.

Since taking the helm at Mercer, Lamb’s players have excelled as model student-athletes in the classroom and in the community, participating in numerous volunteering initiatives with local schools, educational programs and more. Three Bears – John Russ, Thomas Marchman and Isaiah Buehler – have been AFCA Good Works Team nominees, recognizing them as outstanding community service leaders.

Lamb’s football program has helped the Mercer athletics department rank atop the Southern Conference in academic standing for three consecutive years by winning three straight Barrett-Bonner Awards and leading the league in academic all-conference selections for three straight years as well.

As always, we will meet at The Methodist 金博棋牌 For Children, in The Rumford Center. The address is 304 Pierce Avenue, and the meeting begins at 6:30 pm.

Guest Fee is $30.00, and includes dinner, club activities, recognition of local high school athletes, recognition of a local high school and the speaker.

 

 

8th Annual Boston Butt Sale Announcement

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The Macon Touchdown Club is having our 8th Annual Boston Butt Sale. The price of the tickets are $35.00. The Boston Butts will be fully cooked and available for pick-up on Sunday, November 18th between 2:00pm and 5:00pm at U Park EM U SELL EM, located at 3306 Vineville Avenue.

The proceeds benefit the Bobby Sanders Memorial Scholarship, awarded by the Macon Touchdown Club. Each year the Macon Touchdown Club awards these scholarships to high school seniors.

Tickets are available through any of the Macon Touchdown Club members.

Schedule For Monday, September 24, 2018

On Monday night, September 24th, the Macon Touchdown Club will welcome Legendary Coach Bill Curry as our feature speaker.

For more than 40 years, Bill Curry’s inspirational messages have mesmerized audiences. Using a commanding, passionate, and often humorous delivery, he connects with each listener, leaving a profound impression every time he speaks. Bill’s is an old-school message delivered with contemporary flair.

Bill was a two-time Super Bowl Champion and played in two NFL Pro Bowls. As an NCAA coach, Bill was named National Coach of the Year at Alabama and later became the first head football coach ever at Georgia State. As an ESPN commentator, he regularly shared his thoughts with a worldwide audience of millions. When Bill talks of discipline and success, his life experience is proof-positive of the effectiveness of his methods.

Throughout his career, Bill faced a wide range of mettle-testing adversities. His NFL career was cut short by a catastrophic knee injury. In Super Bowl III, Bill’s Baltimore Colts suffered a humiliating loss in the greatest sports upset of all time. Bill’s coaching career included mind-numbing lows and devastating tragedies. When Bill talks of perseverance and toughness, he speaks with an authoritative voice steeled by his personal experiences.

Bill played for some of the greatest coaches of all time, including Vince Lombardi, Don Shula, and Bobby Dodd. His teammates included legendary players like Willie Davis, Bart Starr, and Johnny Unitas. Bill has studied the lives and methods of his personal heroes from past generations, ranging from Helen Keller and Rudyard Kipling to Theodore Roosevelt and Goethe. When Bill talks of leadership and success, his is a personal message molded by his extraordinary mentors and role models.

Whatever the message you wish to communicate – success, leadership, team-building, perseverance, some other topic in the “Wonder of You” Series, or even an agenda that you help design – Bill will do so in a resounding manner the attendees will never forget.

As always, we will meet at The Methodist 金博棋牌 For Children, in The Rumford Center. The address is 304 Pierce Avenue, and the meeting begins at 6:30 pm.

Guest Fee is $30.00, and includes dinner, club activities, recognition of local high school athletes, recognition of a local high school and the speaker.

Schedule For Monday, September 17, 2018

On Monday night, September 17th, the Macon Touchdown Club will welcome Coach Chad Lunsford from Georgia Southern as our feature speaker.

The 2018 campaign marks the 10th season overall, and sixth in his current stint at Georgia Southern for Chad Lunsford, who has worn many hats in his time in Statesboro. Lunsford was promoted from assistant head coach to interim head coach on Oct. 22, 2017. He was named the 10th full-time head coach in the modern era on Nov. 27, 2017. He enters his first full season as the head coach of the Eagles with a 2-4 record after winning two of the final three games of the 2017 season.

After working with the wide receivers in 2013, Lunsford worked two seasons with the tight ends and served as recruiting coordinator in 2014 and 2015. As he has since 2014, Lunsford will continue to coach the Eagle tight ends and will once again serve in the role of special teams coordinator, a title he added in 2016. He was also named the program’s assistant head coach in 2017.

Over the past three seasons, his tight ends contributed to the option ground game which led the FBS in rushing yards per game in both 2014 and 2015 and also led the FBS in rushing touchdowns in 2015. In 2016, Lunsford was named a Broyles Award nominee, given to the nation’s top assistant coach, as the Eagles blocked seven kicks and featured a Lou Groza Award finalist in Younghoe Koo.

On the recruiting side, Lunsford helped engineer signing classes which featured 22 players and ranked in the top half of the Sun Belt in 2015, also ranked near the top of the Sun Belt in 2014 and in 2016.

Georgia Southern’s wide receivers in 2013 led NCAA Division I with most yards per completion, averaging 19.3 yards per catch. Fourteen catches ranked among Georgia Southern’s big plays as the Eagle receiving corps contributed to one of the nation’s top offenses.

Lunsford returned to Statesboro as wide receivers coach and recruiting coordinator in June 2013 after four years in an administrative position with the Auburn football program. He served in consecutive roles as the Tigers’ Director of Scouting and Director of Player Personnel, assisting with the day-to-day operations of Auburn football, with an emphasis on recruiting, organizing and prospect evaluation.

Credited with making advancements in technology and introducing new concepts to help the Tigers win recruiting wars, Lunsford assisted with and organized numerous other aspects of Auburn’s recruiting process. The Tigers boasted three of the nation’s top recruiting classes in 2010, 2011 and 2012, and that success translated to the field where Auburn claimed the 2010 BCS national championship, 2010 Southeastern Conference Championship and made appearances in two other bowl games.

Lunsford coached the slotbacks in his previous three seasons (2003-05) on the Georgia Southern staff, including the Eagles’ eventual all-time receptions leader Raja Andrews, who finished his career with 127 catches and as the record holder for receiving yards in a single season with 873. Armed with the ability to run and deliver blocks as well as catch passes in the option offense, his slotbacks provided physical and statistical support to three-straight NCAA Division I rushing titles to go along with a Southern Conference championship in 2004.

After departing Georgia Southern in 2006, Lunsford spent a year at Griffin High School as a special education teacher and served as the outside linebackers coach. The Bears posted an overall record of 11-2 that season for a winning percentage of .917, highest in the program history to that point, and advanced to the second round of the state playoffs.

Two years back at Georgia Military College followed his time at Griffin with Lunsford taking a familiar place as linebackers coach and adding responsibilities as special teams coordinator.

Lunsford played at Elbert County High School for legendary coach T. McFerrin, Lunsford was a two-way starter at linebacker and center for the Blue Devils. During his high school career, Elbert County made four-straight appearances in the state playoffs and posted a 20-3 record in his junior and senior years.

Lunsford graduated from Georgia College in May 2000 with a degree in biology and minor in mathematics, and earned a Master’s of Sport Science degree from the United States Sports Academy in 2002.

While at Georgia College as an undergraduate, he served as a student assistant with Georgia Military College, beginning his career coaching the tight ends. In February 1997, he was hired as the running backs coach and handled several of the program’s administrative areas. The Bulldogs would play in three straight Golden Isles bowl games, capture the 1998 National Junior College Athletics Association (NJCAA) rushing title with an average of more than 300 yards per game, and bring 金博棋牌 the 1999 Golden Isles bowl championship.

Lunsford moved to the defensive side of the ball for the 2000 season and his coaching efforts helped GMC rank second nationally in total defense that year. An opportunity to coach on the offense again prompted him to accept an assistant coaching position at Appalachian State where he would coach the tight ends for the 2001 and 2002 seasons.

Married to the former Tiffany “Tippy” Hyde of Macon in 2002, the Lunsfords have three children, Sophie, Rhett and Josie.

As always, we will meet at The Methodist 金博棋牌 For Children, in The Rumford Center. The address is 304 Pierce Avenue, and the meeting begins at 6:30 pm.

Guest Fee is $30.00, and includes dinner, club activities, recognition of local high school athletes, recognition of a local high school and the speaker.

Macon Touchdown Club Middle Georgia Kick-off Classic 2018

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Schedule For Monday, September 10, 2018

On Monday night, September 10th, the Macon Touchdown Club will welcome Coach Earl Chambers from LaGrange College as our feature speaker.

Earl Chambers was named LaGrange College’s fourth head coach on July 11, 2018. He has been on the Panthers’ coaching staff for four seasons as the Assistant Head Coach and Defensive Coordinator.

Chambers came to LaGrange after working at Division I FCS member James Madison, where he worked with the running backs.

Chambers is a Georgia native, playing four sports at Banneker High School in College Park, while earning Honorable Mention All-State in football by both the Associated Press and by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution as a senior quarterback. From there, he went on to play at the University of Georgia.

At Georgia, Chambers was a strong safety on defense. As a senior, he had 41 tackles and four pass breakups as the Bulldogs won the Outback Bowl. During the four years Chambers played, the Bulldogs went 33-11 and 3-1 in bowl game.

In addition to his playing duties, Chambers served on the SEC Council, UGA Athletic Board and the Faculty Committee during the 1996-97 school year. He also served two years on Georgia’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee during his undergraduate years. Chambers graduated from UGA with a degree in psychology in 1999.

He would stay five more years with the Bulldogs, working as a graduate assistant. Chambers spent his first year on the Bulldog staff as a recruiting assistant, helping to evaluate position recruits as well as coordinating official visits. His final four seasons, Chambers served as an assistant with the UGA defensive staff and as video coordinator. His defensive duties involved Chambers with the defensive line and allowed him to coach the team’s offensive and special teams scout players. He also worked as an academic mentor, assisting the Bulldogs as they worked towards their college degrees.

Georgia was 50-14 during Chambers’ five seasons on the coaching staff and made bowl appearances all five years. The Bulldogs won the Southeastern Conference in 2002 and were the Sugar Bowl Champions that year while winning the SEC East title in 2003. UGA won the O’ahu Bowl his first season, the Capital One Bowl in 2003 and the Outback Bowl in his final year while appearing in the Music City Bowl in 2001. He coached three NFL first round draft picks in his five seasons with the school, including Jonathan Sullivan, Charles Grant and David Pollack.

After Georgia, he worked eight seasons as the defensive line coach for NCAA Division II Valdosta State, helping lead the squad to a 12-2 record and the 2012 NCAA Division II National Championship, the second in his tenure with the Blazers. After previously serving as the Blazers’ Recruiting Coordinator and Director of Football Operations, Chambers’ ability in coaching on defense was rewarded prior to the 2012 season as he was named Co-Defensive Coordinator. The Blazers posted a 71-22 record with five playoff appearances, including the two national championships while Chambers was on the staff.

During his time with the Blazers, Chambers coached 10 All-Gulf South selections as well as three All-American honorees. In 2006, the Blazer defense set a school record for fewest points and total yards allowed. In 2007, Chambers’ defensive line unit played a key role in the Blazers winning the Division II National Championship. The defensive line accounted for 23.5 of VSU’s 38 sacks on the year while totaling 53 tackles for loss. The group featured eight freshmen and two sophomores out of the 16 who played on the defensive line during the season.

A member of the American Football Coaches Association, Chambers is married to the former Tonya Bell of Cuba, Ala. and is the father of four children, Eariona, Jordan, Evelyn, and Emily.

As always, we will meet at The Methodist 金博棋牌 For Children, in The Rumford Center. The address is 304 Pierce Avenue, and the meeting begins at 6:30 pm.

Guest Fee is $30.00, and includes dinner, club activities, recognition of local high school athletes, recognition of a local high school and the speaker.

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