2017 Speaker: Mark Dantonio

Mark Dantonio, a Zanesville, Ohio native, has coached college football for 37 years. He has spent 13 years as a head coach and 15 years in East Lansing, coaching for Michigan State University. Since arriving at Michigan State in 2007, Dantonio owns an 87-33 record (.725) and has earned his spot as one of the leaders in career wins and winning percentage at MSU. He has been named Big Ten Coach of the Year twice (2010, 2013) and has led the Michigan State football team to six Top 25 finishes within nine seasons.

Dantonio served as Ohio State’s defensive coordinator for three seasons, where he helped the Buckeyes win a combined record of 32-6. But, it wasn’t until Dantonio coached during his three-year tenure at Cincinnati that he first established himself as an up-and-coming coach. He won an overall record of 18-17 and led the program through its transition into the BIG EAST Conference. He also made Cincinnati bowl eligible twice in three years.

From 1995-2000, Dantonio spent his time as Michigan State’s secondary coach where he coached under both Saban and Bobby Williams. In 2000, Dantonio was promoted to associate head coach, and during his six-year tenure as an assistant, the Michigan State Spartans compiled a record of 39-30-1.

Now entering his 10th season at MSU, Dantonio has established his position as one of the most accomplished head coaches in the school’s history. He has led the Spartans to the 2015 Big Ten Championship with a huge victory over the previously undefeated Iowa. This was Dantonio’s third Big Ten Championship which established a school record. He has led the program through its transformation into one the nation’s perennial powers. Dantonio is the first coach in the Big Ten to record five 11-win seasons within a six-year span.

Dantonio’s success on the field comes along with a devotion to supporting student-athletes in the classroom as well. In his first nine seasons, 161 of his players earned their undergraduate degrees and 114 Spartans earned Academic All-Big Ten honors, including seven Academic All-America selections.

The West Michigan Sports Commission’s Annual Luncheon is sponsored this year through the generous support of Meijer, Steelcase Inc., Smith Haughey Rice & Roegge, DP Fox and Swift Printing & Communications, this year’s speaker is underwritten by the Secchia Family.  The event serves as a fundraiser as well as a progress report to the community and stakeholders on the success of the organization in promoting and hosting youth and amateur sporting events in the region for economic enhancement, healthy living and creating a vibrant community through sport. 

Date: Wednesday, May 4th, 2017

Location: JW Marriott International Ballroom

Time: 12pm-1:30pm

Ticket Prices:
Table of 8: $650
Individual seat: $90

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