Celebrating Sports Fellowship,
Spirit, and Community Pride
GCAC 10th Annual
Golf Tournament Results
GCAC Members,

A big thanks to all that participated, sponsored and volunteered their time to make our GCAC golf tournament a great success! We had about 100 golfers and numerous sponsors commit to our tournament Friday, March 30th at Craft Farms and we could not have done it without you.

A big thanks to all of our sponsors and those that donated items for our silent auction and door prize giveaways. Our club raised nearly $10,000!!! This will certainly help our club in the coming year with expenses but more importantly, keep our committment to awarding scholarships to our Gulf Shores High School Scholar Athletes.

I want to thank the staff at Craft Farms for making this a great organized event...be sure to check out the pictures on our gcathleticclub.com website. GCAC Member and Golf Committee chairperson, John McCormick did an outstanding job on keeping the golf committee organized and on top of things all the way through and making sure this tournament was a success. Again...thanks to all of you that donated your time for this great event!

Football season is only 4 months away!!!

GCAC Pres Dec McClelland
A Big THANK YOU to all our 2011 Guest Speakers!

Aug  29--Coach Joey Jones, University of South Alabama Head FB Coach

Sep  12--Max Howell-Radio sports talk show legend and former football coach.

Sep  26--Coach Doug Barfield-Former Head Football Coach-Auburn University

Oct   10--Roger Shultz--former Univ of Alabama player and coach.

Oct   24--Jackie Sherrill--Former Alabama player & Head Football Coach at Miss. State

Nov   7-- Inky Johnson-former UT football player "An Amazing Story of Faith and Perseverance."

Nov 21-- Dr Gaylon McCollough:   On Coach Paul “Bear” Bryant:
Jan 23, 2012-- Coach Larry Blakeney--Head Football Coach-Troy University.
Important Note:  All those planning to attend the next meeting,
please RVSP to Fred prior to the meeting night. 
This will insure proper food coverage for the meeting.
Fred: 251-975-1500   fdickinson@gulftel.com    
From the 8th GCAC Meeting
with Guest Speaker Larry Blakeney
January 23rd, 2012
Congratulations to the Winners!
Tom Smith, Mike Cunningham, Jim Cunningham, Albert Thompson
Who shot a 56 to take the 4 Man Scramble!
Shown L to R: Tom Smith, Mike Cunningham, Jim Cunningham, Albert Thompson
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Congratulations to our 2012 Scholarship Winners!
Virginia Jones and Tyler Stargel

What a great year for the GCAC!  We were privileged to have had some great speakers visit our club, a wonderful attendance for our annual golf tournament and of course, we were able to award $1500 scholarships to two, well deserving scholar-athletes from Gulf Shores High School.

This year our recipients were volleyball player Virginia Jones and football player Tyler Stargel, both acknowledged for their great sportsmanship and academic leadership. Virginia Jones will be attending Auburn University while fellow winner, Tyler Stargel, will be attending and playing football for the Georgia Tech. Congratulations to them and their families!!!

We had a great year and we look forward to next year as the planning has already begun. Membership is up and we are looking to increase our numbers again this coming year under incoming president, Fred Dickinson. Fred has been a valuable part of our GCAC and will continue on with his leadership role. I want to thank all of you that have supported me and our club in the past 2 years and I certainly look forward to another exciting GCAC season!

Dec McClelland
GCAC President
L to R:  Virginia Jones, GCAC President: Dec McClelland, Tyler Stargel
2012 Scholarship
2012 Guest Speaker Line-up

The following is the current meeting schedule for the new season and speakers as currently available:

Aug. 28th:  Mal Moore--Athletic Director, University of Alabama
To Be Re-Scheduled

Sept. 10:  Randy Patrick--Sports Director-WKRG Channel 5

Sept. 24:  Coach Phillip Lolley-Director of External Affairs-
               Auburn University Football

Oct. 8:     Phil Savage--Executive Director-Senior Bowl

Oct. 22:   Mickey Andrews--Associate Head Coach and Defensive                    Coordinator-Florida State University (Retired)

Nov. 5:    Steve Savarese--Executive Director-Alabama High School                                          Athletic Association

Nov. 19:  TBA

Jan 21:    TBA

From Our
September 10th, 2012 Meeting

Guest Speaker
Randy Patrick
Sports Director
WKRG-Channel 5
RANDYPATRICK, Sports Director, WKRG News 5, was the special guest speaker at the September 10, 2012 meeting of the Gulf Coast Athletic Club at the Craft Farms Golf Club in Gulf Shores, Alabama.  We could tell that Randy is a high energy guy, as he described the fast-paced nature of the TV news business.  Friday nights are especially hectic because Randy and his team cover High School Football in Mobile County, the surrounding area, and Baldwin County, the largest county east of the Mississippi.   

At the beginning of his 30-plus year career at Channel 5 news, the recording tapes of local sporting events had to be carried by planes and automobiles to get to the station to meet the news report deadlines. Now, all transmissions of sporting events are carried over the internet.  While this expedites the timing of coverage, it imposes faster preparation of reports and tighter deadlines.  But, Randy conveyed his enthusiasm for the task without reserve. He clearly likes his job and the WKRG News family.

Sporting events in the Mobile area have expanded considerably over the years of Randy’s coverage.  This is highlighted by the success of the Senior Bowl, University of South Alabama and the Bay Bears sporting competitions.  Many home-grown athletes have cut their teeth on Alabama sports teams and have gone on to success in the college and professional ranks.

So,if you have a question about Alabama sports, Randy Patrick is the walking encyclopedia to ask.  The members of the Gulf Coast Athletic Club enjoyed learning more about sports broadcast business, sports in Alabama, and getting to know Randy a little better.

Following Randy’s presentation, Herb Malone ofthe Alabama Gulf Coast Convention and Visitors’ Bureau described the first-years success of the SEC BeachFest.  Attendees had the opportunity to meet SEC football athletes and coaches and Olympic athletes.
Reported By:  John McCormick

Monday, September 24th, 2012 Meeting

Guest Speaker
Phillip Lolley
Director Football External Relations
for the
Auburn Tigers
Coach Phillip Lolley speaks at GCAC Meeting

September 24, 2012

Coach Phillip Lolley from Auburn University was the special guest speaker at the September 24, 2012 meeting of the Gulf Coast Athletic Club.

Coach Lolley is currently Director, Football External Relations, where he has liaison responsibility to numerous external groups connected with the Auburn football program and often stands in for Coach Chizik at various functions.

Coach Lolley joined the Auburn Tigers in 1999 as strength and conditioning coach.  As the secondary coach from 2000-03, he coached Thorpe Award winners Carlos Rogers and Junior Rosegreen, both All-Americans in 2004.  He was Auburn's Director of NFL Relations from 2004-08, and  spent three seasons as cornerbacks coach under head coach Gene Chizik including the 2011 National Championship team.

A 22-year high school coach in the state of Alabama, Coach Lolley was head coach at South Choctaw Academy; Warrior Academy in Eutaw; Stevenson High School; and North Jackson (winning the 1993 4A state championship).   He also served as defensive coordinator at Demopolis High School.

Coach Lolley provided the Club with basics on how college football has changed with the faster communications, but has maintained strong rivalries, game pageantry, and energy.  “On any given day” the best teams will be tested!  This year is no exception in the SEC.  The strongest conference has many strong teams.  A devotee of ALABAMA high school and college football, Coach Lolley sang the praises of this year’s teams.  Everyone appreciated hearing about the grit and competitiveness of SEC football.

We also were proud to honor our first Scholarship Nominees of the season, Erin McKee and Brandon Davis.  You can see more about these two outstanding scholar/athletes here:  Erin & Brandon

The Gulf Coast Athletic Club is a South Baldwin organization whose members enjoy fun and fellowship related to all types of sports activities at their meetings.  The club supports Gulf Shores High School athletic programs by providing much needed athletic equipment and funding for numerous scholarships for student athletes.  Since its inception in 1999, the GCAC has provided in excess of $100,000 in benefits to local high school athletic programs.

President Fred Dickinson gavels the meeting to order.Dec McClelland tells us a little about the Scholarship program.Scholarship nominee, Erin McKee.Scholarship nominee, Erin McKee.Scholarship nominee, Erin McKee.Scholarship nominee, Brandon Davis.Scholarship nominee, Brandon Davis.Scholarship nominee, Brandon Davis.Kevin Corcoran presides over the Team Reports.Kevin Corcoran presides over the Team Reports.Billy Adcock is on the receiving end of the dreaded "Crying Towel".Auburn coach, Pillip Lolley.Auburn coach, Pillip Lolley.Auburn coach, Pillip Lolley.Auburn coach, Pillip Lolley.Bill Durmer gleefully accepts a $100 wager from Ed Cluck.  They had bet this on the Rutgers vs Arkansas game.  The $100 was generously donated to the GCAC Scholaship Fund.Gene Lewellyn and Ed Cluck, giving good cheer.Scholarship nominees, Erin McKee and Brandon Davis.Scholarship nominees, Erin McKee and Brandon Davis.Fred brings the meeting to a close.
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Our Next Meeting
October 8th, 2012

Guest Speaker
Phil Savage
Executive Director
The Senior Bowl

Phil Savage has  come home. The Mobile native and former general manager of the Cleveland Browns returns to the Port City to serve as the executive director of the Senior Bowl becoming the game’s fifth executive director in its 62-year history

Savage brings more than 25 years of experience to the Senior Bowl having most recently served as a player personnel executive with the Philadelphia Eagles. He is also currently the color analyst for the University of Alabama football broadcasts on the Crimson Tide Sports Network, a role that he will continue to hold.

In four seasons as the Senior Vice President and General Manager of the Cleveland Browns (2005-2008), the Murphy High School graduate was responsible for acquiring five Pro Bowlers either through the draft or free agency. The Browns also won a franchise-best 10 games in 2007 under Savage’s watch.

Prior to his stop in Cleveland, Savage spent time in the Baltimore Ravens’ front office—first as the Director of College Scouting (1996-2002) and later as the Director of Player Personnel (2003-2004). During his nine seasons in Baltimore, Savage helped the Ravens assemble a roster that claimed the Super Bowl XXXV title and included 12 Pro Bowl selections.

Savage attended the University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee where he starred in both football and baseball. While obtaining his Master’s degree in physical education from the University of Alabama, Savage served as a graduate assistant under head coach Bill Curry during the 1987-1989 seasons. During his time in Tuscaloosa, the Crimson Tide claimed the 1989 SEC Championship and also made trips to the Hall of Fame, Sun and Sugar Bowls.

Savage is a member of the Mobile Sports Hall of Fame (Class of 2010) and a regular guest on several local, regional and national radio programs. For 18 years (1990-2008) he conducted a free high school football camp for Mobile and Baldwin County students. More than 2,000 athletes participated in the camp over the years, including future NFL quarterbacks JaMarcus Russell, Tee Martin and Pat White. Several other campers went on to play college football at more than 30 schools across the  nation.

Phil and his wife Dorothy reside in Fairhope, Ala. The couple has a daughter, Honor Blue. The Savages support numerous charities including Big Oak Ranch, L’Arche, Boys and Girls Clubs, and Joe Savage Ministries, to name a few.