Celebrating Sports Fellowship,
Spirit, and Community Pride
Important Note: All those planning to attend the next meeting,
please RVSP to John prior to the meeting night.
This will insure proper food coverage for the meeting.
GCAC 11th Annual
Golf Tournament Results
Congratulations to the Winners!
Brad Patty, Craig Mathews, Hunter Mathews, Johnny Neumeier
Who shot a 49.3 Net to take the 4 Man Scramble!
Visit Our 11th Annual GCAC Tournament Page
containing results and pictures of all the fun!
GCAC Donates $5,250
To Gulf Shores Middle School
The Gulf Shores Athletic Club presented the Gulf Shores Middle School football program with a check for $5,250.00 on Thursday, May 23rd.
Earlier Discussions with Head Football Coach Mel Stringfellow, revealed that the Gulf Shores Middle School football program was in dire need of
updated equipment, especially from a safety standpoint. As an example, Coach Stringfellow pointed out that all of their shoulder pads were in disrepair,
and were literally held together with string and tape.
The Gulf Coast Athletic Club made a decision to help. The donation from GCAC allows the school to purchase new shoulder pads for the entire team and help with the purchase of new uniforms.
This donation only helps Coach Stringfellow in his quest to update their equipment and the Gulf Coast Athletic Club would encourage other individuals or organizations to consider doing the same.
A strong Middle School program can do nothing but help the Gulf Shores High School Dolphins football program.
Congratulations To Our
2013 Scholarship Winners!
Nicole Wallace and Brooks Mason
The Gulf Coast Athletic Club recognized the club’s “Scholar Athletes of the Year” and presented its annual scholarships to Gulf Shores High School Senior Scholar Athletes, Nicole Wallace & Brooks Mason at the school’s annual awards night May 17th. Each received a scholarship from GCAC valued at $2250.00.
Nicole Wallace is an active student at Gulf Shores High School where she maintains a 3.94 GPA while taking Honors and Advanced Placement classes. She is an A-B Honor Roll student and is ranked 23rd in her class of 185 students Her ACT score is 26. Nicole is a member of the National Honor Society, Juniorettes, Pure Club officer, active in Friends of Exceptional Children and Teens Against Animal Cruelty.
Nicole is captain of the varsity softball team and played and lettered in softball her entire high school career. She was 7th in the state for 5A stolen bases as a 9th grader and All-County both her Junior & Senior years. She also lettered in Varsity basketball. Nicole was voted “Most Athletic Female” in her senior class.
Nicole is active in her community where she was a softball tournament scorekeeper and soccer official for the City of Gulf Shores. She is a Volunteer for softball camps, Children’s Church, Costal Cleanup, and is active in Vacation Bible School.
Nicole plans to attend The University of Alabama in the fall to pursue a degree in Nursing and, ultimately, obtain a master’s degree as a Family Nurse Practitioner. She is inspired by her grandmother, a nurse for 17 years, but who entered college only after 22 years as a homemaker. Nicole is motivated to be the best caregiver she can possibly be.
Brooks Mason maintains a 3.87 GPA while enrolled in Honors Classes and has a 25 ACT score. He is ranked 20th in his class of 187 students. Brooks is a member of the National Honor Society, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Interact Club, Friends of Exceptional Children, Teens Against Animal Cruelty, and is a Juniorettes Sweetheart.
Brooks played both baseball and football at Gulf Shores High School. His honors and achievements include:
4 Year Letterman-Varsity Baseball 3 Year Letterman-Varsity Football Team Captain-Baseball-2011Honorable Mention-All Region-Baseball-2009 All-County Baseball-2011 & 2012Eric B. McCoy Leadership Award-2012
Alabama East-West All-Star Baseball Team Selectee
Brooks is very active in his community and church. He is a volunteer and Youth Leader at Liberty Church and participates in the Youth Group activity of feeding the Homeless in Pensacola. He is a reader for Orange Beach Elementary School and volunteers for other Orange Beach and Gulf Shores activities.
Brooks plans to attend Samford University where he will major in accounting.
Thank You 2012-13 Guest Speakers!
Thank You 2011-12 Guest Speakers!
6:00pm Social---6:30 Supper
Director of Player Personnel
Oddsmaker and sports analyst, Danny Sheridan, was the key note speaker to kick off the 2013 Gulf Coast Athletic Club (GCAC) season on August 26. His remarks were filled with jokes and focused on insight into the upcoming college football landscape. With GCAC members representing roughly 23 colleges, Danny made sure that no one would leave wondering how their team may fair, commenting on every SEC team, several non-SEC schools, as well as predicting who will meet in the Super Bowl.
Sheridan agrees with the overwhelming consensus that Alabama will win the SEC West this season and will face the winner of the Florida-South Carolina game for the SEC Championship. He predicts the Tide to be double digit favorites in every game except Texas A&M and they will win 11 regular season games and play for the National Championship.
For a more in-depth report on Danny Sheridan's thoughts on the upcoming season, visit Mobile-Press Registers, Mark Inabinett's report on AL.com.
Past President, Fred Dickinson, was awarded a plaque by the club, to honor his two years of great service during his term. Congratulations again, Fred!
New members were welcomed and introduced as our club continues to grow, thanks to efforts of many, including new Membership Chairman, David DeMeyer.
As in every meeting, we waited with great anticipation for the Team Reports, led by Kevin Corcoran.
Although no games have been played, each GCAC member had the opportunity to tell a little about their teams prospects for the upcoming year. Kevin has also introduced a new "timer", to help certain members.....David DeMeyer.....in keeping team reports brief. This timer is complete with a Washington State Cougars logo on the face of it. David totally ignored his first encounter with the timer and is certain to do so in the future!
After another great meal provided by the Craft Farms staff, the meeting was adjourned.
Next meeting, as shown at the top of this page, is Alabama's Director of Player Personnel......more importantly, former Husker coach, Kevin Steele, on September 9th. Please let John McCormick know as soon as possible if you will be in attendance.
See you next meeting!
President John McCormick
presents past President Fred Dickinson with a plaque
honoring his two years of service as the GCAC President.
Congratulations on a job well done, Fred!
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6:00pm Social---6:30 Supper
for Alabama Crimson Tide
Eli Gold, the play-by-play voice of the University Of Alabama Crimson Tide football and basketball teams, is scheduled to speak at the September 23, 2013 meeting of the Gulf Coast Athletic Club in Gulf Shores, Alabama. The meeting takes place at the Craft Farms Clubhouse, starting at 6pm.
Eli Gold was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York. He started his sports broadcasting career in 1972 working as a weekend sports reporter with the Mutual Broadcasting System.
Starting with the 1988 season, Eli became the radio play-by-play voice of the University Of Alabama Crimson Tide football and basketball teams. His responsibilities with "The Tide" also included hosting "Hey Coach", the weekly football and basketball coach's radio call-in show. To this day, Eli continues as the football "voice" of the Tide.
Eli has handled various play-by-play assignments over the years. Included are 12 years as a professional announcer for professional hockey, first play-by-play announcer for the UAB Blazers basketball team, early 80’s voice of the Birmingham Barons baseball team, CBS sports regional telecasts for Georgia and South Carolina basketball, and college baseball broadcasts for SportsChannel America,
Since 1976, Eli has been a member of NASCAR's Motor Racing Network (MRN) which broadcasts NASCAR racing events over a 600 station radio network. Over. In addition, since 1982, Eli has hosted a weekly, nationally syndicated, radio call-in show about NASCAR racing. "NASCAR Live". is now heard on over 450 of MRN's radio affiliates each and every Tuesday night. Since the 1996 NASCAR racing season, Eli began He serves as the anchorman for The Nashville Network's (TNN) televised coverage of NASCAR racing and has worked in a play-by-play role with ESPN, CBS Sports and NBC Sports in their coverage of NASCAR racing.
Starting with the 2000 season, Eli became TNN's "voice" of the Arena Football League handling the play-by-play for the network's live coverage of the AFL. In 2003, NBC Sports hired Eli to join the network as a play-by-play announcer for their coverage of the Arena Football League. In addition to his work on NBC, Eli has also been an Arena Football League play-by-play announcer for both FOX Sports Net (FSN) and Comcast Sports.
Starting in the Fall of 2003, Eli became part of SportsUSA Radio Network's coverage of the National Football League. SportsUSA Radio is one of two national networks to offer live, syndicated coverage of the NFL. Eli handles the play-by-play of one NFL game each weekend. In addition, Eli continues to "call" post-season college football bowl and all-star games for SportsUSA Radio.
Outside of his play-by-play duties, Eli was the Sports Director for WERC Radio in Birmingham, Alabama and for six years hosted a nightly sports call-in show entitled "Calling All Sports". He resigned his position with WERC to accept a job as Sports Director with WBRC-TV Channel 6 which at that time was Birmingham's ABC affiliate. At WBRC, Eli anchored three sportscasts each evening and also hosted a weekly call-in show "Sports Talk With Eli". Eli elected to leave WBRC-TV at the expiration of his contract to further expand his play-by-play duties.
Eli is a 4-time Alabama Sportscaster Of The Year as voted by his peers in the National Sportscasters And Sportswriters Association. He was twice named Alabama Sportscaster Of The Year by the Associated Press and once earned the same honor from United Press International.
Born in December 1953 in Brooklyn, New York, Eli now resides in Birmingham, Alabama and Ocean Isle Beach, North Carolina with his wife Claudette and their daughter Elise.
GCAC Donates $5,000
To Gulf Shores High School
Gulf Coast Athletic Club President, John McCormick, was pleased to surprise Athletic Director and Head Football Coach, Ben Blackmon, with a check for $5,000 at Monday nights meeting. The funds will be used to purchase a much needed endzone camera for filming each game and practices.
The portable unit is needed to replace the previous method of borrowing a bucket truck, that was able to pull up to the endzone and raise a volunteer high enough to record the games. New renovations at the football stadium do not allow for a truck to be used in the this same manner.
Coach Blackmon seemed genuinely surprised by the donation and thanked the club for the very generous contribution to the needs of the football team.
Coach Kevin Steele, later added that this is how communities can make a difference in not only how the teams can prosper, but how individuals can be benifited by these types of technologies as well, to further their goals and ambitions.
Over 100 GCAC members and guests welcomed the University of Alabama’s Director of Player Personnel, Kevin Steele, as the speaker for the September 9, 2013 meeting. Mr. Steele returned to the Tide earlier this year with a new role after spending the 2007 & 2008 on Saban’s staff followed by a 3-year stint as Clemson’s Defensive Coordinator.
Steele, a 1981 University of Tennessee graduate, played for Johnny Majors and has coached under some legendary coaches including: Joe Lee Dunn (New Mexico State: 1983), Phil Fulmer (UT: 1987), Tom Osborne (Nebraska: 1989-1994), Dom Capers (Carolina: 1995-1999), Bobby Bowden (FSU: 2003-2006), Nick Saban (2007 & 2008, 2013-present), and Dabo Swinney (Clemson: 2009-2012).
Steele began his presentation saying, “I have no clue what Director of Player Personnel means, but I do know recruiting.” Steele leads recruiting efforts for the Tide’s football program and quickly pointed out that he won’t be able to go into detail on recruiting as this is as secretive as Coco-Cola’s formula. Touching briefly on Alabama’s recruiting, he said, “we are at 20 commitments now for 2014. Our biggest need is at Defensive Line, and there just aren’t a lot of solid DL’s out there now”.
Steele’s presentation touched briefly on the “X’s and O’s” and the currently climate in Tuscaloosa, but primarily focused on stories involving his coaching carrier noting many of his legendary past employers, how the game has evolved, Saban’s relentless work habits, and what Saban expects from coaches and players.
He told stories of his past employers and what he was able to pick up from them. For example, he touched on the defensive prowess of Dom Capers, Bobby Bowden’s “ability to relate with everyone”, and Saban’s relentless work ethic.
According to Steele, one of the primary changes in the game is the evolution of the offenses. He discussed how the speed of the game is so much faster with the emergence of the “no huddle” and how this plays a toll on the opposing defense. “Not too long ago, a team had maybe three formations on offence and ran their plays from those. Today, a team may have a dozen different formations, running it from the no-huddle, getting off 9 plays with just 41 seconds coming off the clock. Defensive Coordinators are having to get creative in developing schemes for these emerging style of offensive play”.
The attendees were eager to hear Steele’s experiences working for Coach Saban. He began by saying, “It probably isn’t a good idea to speak in public about your boss and this is no exception”, which drew a large from the crowd. He said what makes Saban unique is his laser focus on only what takes place between the lines. “His commitment to excellence 24/7 puts him in a category by himself and is why he has won 62 of the last 67 games.”
Steele’s comfortable in his new role over recruiting and prefers it (at least for now) over coaching from the side lines due to the coaching carousel associated with college football coaches. “Just look at the Texas DC. He loses one game and he’s fired.” Colleges are quick to fire a coach but they aren’t so quick to fire the guy over recruiting. Steele ended his presentation by taking questions from the attendees.
Other highlights from the meeting include:
Continuing in the spirit of promoting Gulf Shores athletics, John McCormick, GCAC President, presented a check for $5,000 to GSHS Head Football Coach and AD, Ben Blackmon. This donation will fund an end zone camera system which will capture video necessary to improve player technique and alignment.
GCAC board member, Dr. Gaylon McCollough, recognized and introduced two scholar athletes from Gulf Shores High School. This week’s honorees were Carolina Braga and Parker Mason. Carolina is currently #1 in her class with a combined GPA of 4.03 GPA. She is a 4-year letterman in Volleyball. After High School, Carolina hopes to pursue Biomedical Sciences. Parker is a multi-sport athlete, lettering in football, basketball, and baseball. He hopes to continue athletics and study Engineering once at college. GCAC scholar athlete recognition makes both Carolina and Parker candidates to earn a scholarship, which will be presented at the GCAC Annual Banquet, worth at least $1,500 to a four year college.
Kevin Corcoran energized the crowd with “team reports”, where GCAC members discussed their teams’ recent performance and upcoming matchups, with Kevin often interrupting to take a jab the team in focus…or the member. This week’s “crying towel” went to the Fighting Irish for their tough loss to Michigan. Dec McClellan accepted the towel on behalf of Notre Dame.
We look forward to seeing you at our next GCAC meeting on September 23rd, where Eli Gold, voice of The Alabama Crimson Tide, will be the key note speaker.
Written by: Taylor Means