President David Lee welcomed members and guests to the second Gulf Coast Athletics Club meeting for 2016-2017. He shared some “stories” about our guest speaker, former Auburn star Quentin Riggins.
Guests were introduced. President Lee then gave the club an update on the inaugural weeks of the Office Football Pool. The best picker at the end of the season will receive the Prognosticator of the Year trophy, along with other prizes.
Coach Owen Corcoran with Gulf Shores High School gave an update on sports programs. Football continues to show progress with heads high! Volleyball and cross country have begun and doing well.
Kevin Corcoran, who had done such an outstanding job with the Crying Towel presentation since the inception of GCAC 15 years ago, has asked for relief this year. Dec McClelland will be taking over the reins. David praised Kevin for his dedication to GCAC and announced that Kevin will be chairing a Special Education Task Force for Gulf Shores/Orange Beach education.
Chris Warner led the Crying Towel presentation and Team Reports. After David DeMeyer gave an inclusive report on Bristol and its record football game, the Crying Towel was awarded to LSU for its 16-14 loss to Wisconsin at historic Lambo Field, proving, for that game, that Les was not more.
Our Guest Speaker was Quentin Riggins, the star linebacker for the Auburn Tigers from 1986-89. He was First Team All SEC and Second Team All American, winning three SEC Championships. A graduate of Robert E. Lee High School in Montgomery, Alabama, Riggins played pro ball for Winnipeg in the Canadian Football League, but said it was just too cold in Canada! Returning to Alabama, he was the Sideline Reporter for Auburn Football Radio from 1991-2015. In 2011, he was named Vice-President for Governmental Relations for Alabama Power Company.
One football moment still large in his mind was in 2001, when the Auburn team, flying to play Syracuse on 9/22/01, was the first plane back into New York airspace since 9/11, deadly quiet on that plane with F-16s as escorts. As a High School Senior in Montgomery, he worked at McDonald’s daily after football practice, but was invited to Auburn on a Saturday recruiting trip. The recruits always got to visit the team after the game, but Quentin’s Father told the Coaches that they would be leaving at halftime since Quentin had to be at work at 5pm, so Quentin says he’s still waiting to meet Bo Jackson.
He finished his remarks by stating that football and team sports have great life lessons, such as focus, discipline, and respect. An emphasis on communication, with some poignant examples, was stressed since, as a leader, he and everyone must be on the same page.
After the 50-50 drawing, the meeting was adjourned at 8:50pm.