Todd Graham, first-year head football coach at Arizona State University, will appear in Prescott, Ariz. at Talking Rock Ranch, noon, May 7. The lunch and program, "Talking Victory," is presented by the ASU Sun Devil Club and the ASU Foundation President's Community Enrichment Programs.
Graham, who was named the head football coach of ASU in December, has vowed to be a visible and accessible force in the Arizona sports scene since his arrival in Tempe. From national, regional and local radio shows and television appearances tocampus tours and community events, he has placed a high priority on transparency and building greater exposure for the Sun Devil football program.
"I'm excited to get up to Prescott, meet some of our fans, make some new ones and share my enthusiasm for what I believe will be an outstanding season of Sun Devil football," said Graham, who is 49-29 in his six-year head coaching career and most recently was head coach at Pittsburgh in 2011. He is well-known for his four-year stay at Tulsa from 2007-10 when he led the Golden Hurricane to a 36-17 mark, which included three bowl wins and three seasons of 10-plus wins. The Golden Hurricane was one of just 11 schools to post back-to-back 10-win seasons in2007 and 2008.
"I am impressed with the spirit I have seen by our student-athletes this spring, and the team we field will have high character and discipline," Graham added. "The players recognize that how you do the little things will ultimately determine how big things happen.
"I'm looking forward to a very competitive season and to sharing my thoughts with our fans in Prescott."
A native of Mesquite, Texas, Graham had seasons at Tulsa which included records of 10-4 (2007), 11-3 (2008) and 10-3 (2010). In his final season the Golden Hurricane won games at Notre Dame and then topped No. 24 Hawaii 62-35 in its own bowl game. The Notre Dame win was dubbed the biggest upset of the 2010 college football season by ESPN's Kirk Herbstreit.
Tickets to "Speaking Victory" are $25 each. Because seating at Talking Rock is limited, registration begins at 11:30 a.m., and those who wish to attend should register early bycalling Sally Moore at 480-540-1462. The lunch and program with Coach Graham begins at noon.
About The Sun Devil Club: The Sun Devil Club is a 501(c)3charitable organization whose mission is to sustain a culture that promotes and protects Arizona State University through Sun Devil Athletics. The Sun Devil Club annually provides Sun Devil Athletics with financial assistance for operating expenses, scholarships, academic support, facility maintenance and more. Contributions to the Sun Devil Club are up to 80% tax-deductible.
About President's Club Community Enrichment Programs: President's Community Enrichment Programs (PCEP) are premier community outreach events that connect metropolitan Phoenix and other Arizona communities to ASU's visionary scholars and ideas through multi-week courses, single lectures and custom campus tours. PCEP showcases how ASU is creatingsolutions to the major challenges of our time and is a unique gateway to greater involvement with the university. What began as a grassroots engagement effort in 1998 has flourished into a successful program that connects more than 1,000 community members each year with the momentum and intellectual power of a New American University.
Sally Moore, firstname.lastname@example.org