THREE COLLEGE COACHES, ONE NFL COACH BECOME HONORARY MEMBERS OF LFG BOARD
EASTON, PA (Aug. 24, 2010) – Lauren’s First and Goal Foundation announced today that Baltimore Ravens head coach John Harbaugh, Ohio State head coach Jim Tressel, UConn head coach Randy Edsall and Navy head coach Ken Niumatalolo will serve as honorary members of its board of directors.
These four coaches were introduced to LFG during their experiences as guest speakers at the Lauren’s First and Goal football camps. These gentlemen have expressed an interest in promoting the foundation’s mission of providing financial support for brain tumor research and cancer services, offering financial and emotional support to families living with pediatric cancer, and increasing awareness of the disease. Since its creation in 2004, the foundation has raised more than $1 million.
“These gentlemen are outstanding leaders in the coaching profession, not only due to their success on the field, but because of their desire to make a positive impact in the communities where they live and work,” said Marianne Loose, who co-founded LFG with her husband John in honor of their 13-year-old daughter Lauren.
“They all have a personal connection to LFG, each having served as a featured speaker at our camps and meeting with the thousands of players who attended. We are very grateful to all of them for helping us spread the mission of LFG.”
Harbaugh appeared at the Pennsylvania camp in 2005 when he was still the Special Teams Coordinator for the Philadelphia Eagles. He is now starting his third season as head coach of the Ravens and has helped the squad to the NFL playoffs the last two years.
Tressel helped the foundation launch its inaugural Ohio camp earlier this year at Otterbein College by serving as the guest speaker. He has spent nine seasons at the helm of the Buckeyes and guided Ohio State to its fifth straight Big Ten championship and a win in the Rose Bowl in 2009.
Edsall, who spoke at the 2009 Pennsylvania camp, is entering his 12th season with the Huskies. He is tied as the winningest coach in school history and stands at an impressive 57-41 in the school’s first seven Division I-A seasons. Edsall guided UConn to an appearance in the Papajohns.com bowl last year.
Niumatalolo was the featured speaker at this year’s Pennsylvania camp and has spent 11 years at the Naval Academy. His 18 wins are the most wins in school history by a coach in his first two years, while Navy’s 10 wins in 2009 are tied for the most wins in school history. He is the second Polynesian head coach in Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) history and the first Samoan collegiate head coach on any level.