March 12, 2007
The success and popularity of the Notre Dame Football Fantasy Camp over the past four years has allowed the Monogram Club to now offer two sessions this summer, June 27-July 1 and July 1-5. While the first session is currently full, there are limited spots remaining in the second session, with registration closing April 27, the week following the Blue-Gold Spring game. The Fantasy Flag Game for Session II, which is the traditional highlight of the Camp, will be played July 4th in Notre Dame Stadium.
Coach Charlie Weis has committed to have all his coaching staff work the camps, further bringing the participants into the Irish football family as never before possible. They will divide into two groups in order to cover both camp sessions, with focus on the 4 practice sessions and game that each “player or “honorary coach” will experience. In his letter to each camp member Coach Weis notes, “I will personally speak with each group and share some of my thoughts about the upcoming season. Also, our assistant coaches will be working with you on the practice field and in Notre Dame Stadium, teaching you the same style of Fighting Irish football they work on with our varsity players.”
The coaches who will be working the camp include: Mike Haywood, John Latina, Ron Powlus, Bernie Parmalee, Rob Ianello, Corwin Brown, Bill Lewis, Brian Polian and Jappy Oliver. In addition, the graduate assistants and staff interns will help with both session: Shane Waldron, Kevin Loney, Patrick Graham and LeRoy Knight. There is no finer lineup of college coaches in the country, and those fortunate enough to attend will learn more about college football than they thought possible!
Recruiting coordinator, Dave Peloquin will provide an overview of the recruiting process that is such a key element of Notre Dame’s future success, and a stellar cast of former star players is also lining up to assist with coaching and to relate their personal stories during the social hours. Some of these scheduled to appear include: Mike McCoy, Kris Haines, Reggie Brooks, Bob Gladieux, Mirko Jurkovic, Greg Marx, Walt Patulski, Frank Stams and Robin Weber.
Since so many men return after their first Fantasy Camp, the roster is now designated according to years attended, with freshman, sophomores, juniors and seniors, and now even redshirt 5th year men! Here is what 66 year-old freshman Mike O’Donnell of California said after the ’06 camp, “This was everything I could have expected. I and all the participants feel a deep indebtedness for the privilege of being able to say we played at ND. Junior Keith Cross, age 34 of Massachusetts clearly stated, “Make it last forever!
For more information go to www.NDFootballfantasycamp.com, or contact Patrick Steenberge ND’73, Patrick@globalfootball.com phone 817-219-7274.