June 7, 2013
A large turnout of Commodore fans broadened their gridiron knowledge Thursday at the second VUFB 101 Clinic hosted by the football staff on campus.
The clinic, cosponsored by the Vanderbilt Woman's Club, attracted participants for an evening of fun football facts, position meetings with Commodore assistant coaches, a speech from Head Coach James Franklin, and tour of several program facilities.
Franklin said the event, which welcomed 75 Commodore followers, was "a tremendous success, something we look forward to continuing."
"It was simply another great opportunity to reach out to our community and connect with more Vanderbilt fans," Franklin said. "We wanted to offer a fun program that could benefit Commodore fans with all levels of football knowledge. We also wanted to give those participating a unique look inside our program and also let them see how we do our jobs.
"From the comments I received afterward, I think everybody thought it was very successful," the coach added.
One of the participants that left campus impressed was Margot Fosnes of Cross Plains.
"I had a fabulous time. It was a great experience, one that far exceeded my expectations," Fosnes said. "I consider myself a pretty knowledgeable football fan, and I learned an amazing amount that I didn't know.
"I left with a much greater appreciation of how much is expected of our players. I was also truly impressed with our coaching staff. The attention to every detail was just amazing," Fosnes added.
The evening started with Vanderbilt Food Coach "Magic" Noori hosting dinner in the Hendrix Room, the dining facility for Commodore student-athletes in McGugin Center.
After an introductory welcome from Franklin in the new team auditorium, clinic participants spent an hour in breakout sessions talking special teams strategies with coordinator Charles Bankins and defensive schemes with assistant coaches George Barlow, Sean Spencer, Brent Pry and coordinator Bob Shoop.
When those meetings concluded, the offensive staff of coordinator John Donovan and assistants Josh Gattis, Herb Hand and Ricky Rahne, directed an hour session on Commodore offensive strategies.
Director of Performance Enhancement Dwight Galt also addressed attendees about the year-around conditioning effort for all members of the Commodore squad.
After a question and answer session with Franklin, and distribution of prizes and gift bags, participants were given a guided tour of the team's weight room and locker room, Star Walk and the Dudley Field playing surface of Vanderbilt Stadium.