NIU Huskie Summer Circuit in Rockford June 3

By Doug Halberstadt
Sports Columnist

Let’s take this show on the road.” That’s precisely what the Northern Illinois University (NIU) Huskies are doing this summer. Sean T. Frazier, the NIU director of athletics, and the Huskies’ head coaches are heading out for a tour of the area in a couple of weeks.

The 2014 Huskie Summer Circuit includes stops in Rockford, Chicago and Aurora. Rockford-area Huskies fans will have an opportunity to meet and mingle with all of the NIU head coaches at Francesco’s, 7182 Spring Creek Road, Tuesday, June 3, beginning at 5:30 p.m.

Tickets are $5 if purchased in advance and $10 at the door. The ticket includes music, a cash bar, appetizers and a raffle where fans can win exclusive NIU prizes. Fans can reserve a spot in advance by calling (815) 753-PACK or by logging on to This event is sponsored, in part, by the NIU Alumni Association.

The tour will be in Chicago Monday night, June 2, at Joe’s on Weed Street, and at The Foundry in Aurora Wednesday night, June 4.

The head coaches scheduled to join Frazier include football coach Rod Carey, men’s basketball coach Mark Montgomery, women’s basketball coach Kathi Bennett, volleyball coach Ray Gooden, track and field coach Connie Teaberry, men’s soccer coach Eric Luzzi, women’s soccer coach John Ross, wrestling coach Ryan Ludwig, men’s tennis coach Patrick Fisher, women’s tennis coach Ryun Ferrell, baseball coach Ed Mathey, softball coach Christina Sutcliffe, gymnastics coach Sam Morreale, cross country coach Greg Hipp, men’s golf coach Tom Porten and women’s golf coach Kim Kester.

Alumni and fans attending are encouraged to show their Huskies pride by wearing their NIU gear. This is a fantastic opportunity for any NIU sports fan to meet with one or all of these coaches and ask questions, make suggestions, or perhaps you could even introduce them to your son or daughter who might be interested in becoming a student athlete.

Doug Halberstadt can be reached via e-mail at

From the May 21-27, 2014, issue

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