NPC Newsmaker Program: Georgia State Football Coach Curry to Outline Challenges of Starting New Program
WASHINGTON, Sept. 16 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Georgia State University’s inaugural football Coach Bill Curry and President Mark Becker will discuss the challenges of establishing a brand new program and ways that it is energizing the Atlanta school’s campus and alumni at a National Press Club Newsmaker press conference at 3 p.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 23, in the Zenger Room, 13th floor, National Press Building, 529 14th St., N.W., Washington, D.C.
Curry was named head coach at Georgia State in June 2008, two months after the school announced that it was launching the first football program in the school’s history. Georgia State will kick off its first season in 2010.
Curry and Becker will discuss how lessons learned on the football field can be a model for the entire university community. Working as a team and valuing others can be taught in other parts of life, but one of the best platforms is football, according to Curry.
“It’s supposed to happen in the church. It’s supposed to happen in the family, and sometimes it does,” says Curry, former head coach at Georgia Tech, Alabama and Kentucky. “It always happens in the huddle. When you step into the huddle, you’re stepping into a metaphor for our country. A huddle is a group of people who respect each other and who have learned to give to a cause greater than their own selfish desires. You can’t be racist. You can’t be liberal and say ‘I’m not working with a conservative,’ or vice versa. You can’t say, ‘I don’t like that guy’. You learn to work with that guy and emphasize what we have in common rather than our differences.”
Curry has won coach of the year honors in both the Southeastern Conference and the Atlantic Coast Conference, garnering a reputation for rebuilding programs. In 2007, the American Football Coaches Association bestowed on Curry the Amos Alonzo Stagg Award. He played professional football for 10 years, after a college career at Georgia Tech.
SOURCE National Press Club