Coach Steve Spurrier is our keynote speaker for the 76th Annual Booster Banquet. The banquet will be held Thursday, November 16, at 7 pm.
Steve Spurrier is well known for his lengthy and successful career in football. He served as the head coach for three college and two professional teams and was also an exceptional college football player before spending nearly a decade playing professionally in the NFL.
Tickets for the banquet will be available for purchase on September 1. Prices are as follows.
$60 General Admission Ticket – before October 30 – Includes banquet admission
$75 General Admission Ticket – on and after October 30 – Includes banquet admission
$200 Executive Admission Ticket – Includes reserved parking, admission to a private reception with Steve Spurrier on November 16 from 5:30 pm to 6:30 pm, and a special reserved seat at the banquet. Attendees to the private reception will be able to meet Coach Spurrier and have a photo taken with him.
$1500 Sponsor a Round Table – Includes eight executive tickets for a special price.
Due to the limited amount of executive tickets, you must call the office of institutional advancement at 573.629.3124 to purchase them by credit card only.
“I’m excited for Coach Spurrier to speak at the Booster Banquet because he’s a personal friend and because of the impact he’s had on my life.” said Dr. Allen. “One of the things I saw over the years was his commitment to investing spiritually in the young guys. He’s one of the greatest coaches to ever coach the game of football. He’ll be engaging. He’s a great motivator, a brilliant strategist, and just all around funny coach.”
Growing up in Tennessee as the son of a Presbyterian pastor, Spurrier was a multi-sport all-state athlete in high school. A graduate of the University of Florida, he served as the Gators’ starting quarterback for three seasons and won the Heisman Trophy in 1966. He was later inducted into the College Football Hall of fame as a player in 1986.
In 1967, Spurrier was a first round pick by the San Francisco 49ers in the NFL draft. He went on to play for the 49ers as a backup quarterback and punter until 1976 when he was traded to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as the starting quarterback for their inaugural season.
Spurrier became the youngest head coach in professional football when he accepted the position with the USFL Tampa Bay Bandits in 1983.
In 1987, he began coaching the Duke University Blue Devils. Spurrier went on to lead them to the conference championship in 1989.
Spurrier then began his tenure as head coach for his alma mater and led the Florida Gators to unprecedented success. He led the team to six SEC championship and a national championship. In 1996, Spurrier became the first Heisman Trophy winner to coach a Heisman Trophy winner when Florida quarterback Danny Wuerffel won the award.
After the 2001 season, Spurrier left Florida to coach the Washington Redskins for two years before returning to college football in 2005 as the head coach for the South Carolina Gamecocks, whom he also led to unprecedented success.
In 2015, Spurrier resigned as coach of the Gamecocks and retired as the winningest coach in both Florida and South Carolina history. He has the second most coaching wins in the history of the SEC, and in 2017, was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame as a coach, one of only four members to be inducted as both a player and a coach.
Spurrier now serves as an ambassador and consultant of the University of Florida’s athletic department.
Spurrier and his wife Jerri have been married for 51 years. “She’s not only the love of my life and the mother of my children, but my best friend, my roommate, and my adviser,” he says. Together they have four children and more than a dozen grandchildren. He is also author of the book Head Ball Coach: My Life in Football where his faith is a strong recurring topic.
For more information, please contact Lauren Youse, director of alumni services and development, at 573.629.3126, or via email at email@example.com.
Each year HLGU family and friends gather for fun and fellowship at the annual Booster Banquet.
The name reflects its origins. On October 12, 1941, Dr. C. Oscar Johnson, pastor of Third Baptist Church of St. Louis and member of the College Board, proposed a Booster Banquet as a way to promote fellowship and raise money for the college. It was a “huge success” and became an annual event.
Over the years it has featured colorful and prestigious speakers from all walks of life. Today it is one of our most anticipated events. Booster Banquet is typically held the Friday before Thanksgiving. Keep watch for information concerning our 2017 event.
Booster Banquet Archives
- 2016 Darryl Strawberry
- 2015 Kevin Sorbo
- 2014 Jim Bob and Michelle Duggar
- 2013 Lynda Randle
- 2012 Alex Kendrick
- 2011 Gov. Mike Huckabee
- 2010 Kirk Cameron
- 1999 Dr. Alan Keyes
- 1998 Ruth Graham McIntyre
- 1997 Mike Singletary
- 1996 Cal Thomas
- 1995 Naomi Judd
- 1994 Dan Shealy
- 1993 Mildred McWhorter
- 1992 Dr. Larry Lewis
- 1991 Dr. Debbye Turner
- 1990 Rex & Jennifer Hudler
- 1989 Tandy Rice
- 1988 Paul Wrenn
- 1987 Bill Glass
- 1986 Zig Ziglar
- 1985 William J. Murray
- 1984 Dr. Bertha Holt
- 1983 Honorable Wilmer “Vinegar Bend” Mizell
- 1982 Dr. Adrian Rogers
- 1981 Honorable John Ashcroft, Honorable Max Bacon
- 1980 Minnie Pearl
- 1979 Dr. J. D. Grey
- 1978 Jerry Clower
- 1977 Dr. A. E. Prince, Dr. L. A. Foster, Dr. Gerald Martin
- 1976 Dr. Ben Fisher
- 1975 Tom Lester
- 1974 Willa Dorsey
- 1973 Dr. Gerald Martin
- 1972 Dr. Dick Cole
- 1971 Dr. Frank Kellog, Harold Dickerson, Wally Jones
- 1970 Tom Haggai
- 1969 Paul Harvey
- 1968 Dr. Earl O. Harding
- 1967 Dr. Kenneth McFarland
- 1966 Dr. Wayne Dehoney
- 1965 Dr. Earl O. Harding
- 1964 Dr. Merrimon Cuninggim
- 1963 Dr. J. D. Grey
- 1962 Dr. Herschel Hobbs
- 1961 Dr. C. Oscar Johnson
- 1960 Rev. Charles F. Wellborn
- 1959 Dr. Sterling L. Price
- 1958 R. G. LeTourneau
- 1957 Dr. Porter Routh
- 1956 Dr. James L. Sullivan
- 1955 Dr. Earl O. Harding
- 1954 Dr. C. Oscar Johnson
- 1953 Dr. Wallace Bassett
- 1952 Lula (Pulliam) Colwell
- 1951 Congressman Clarence Cannon
- 1950 Dr. T. W. Medearis
- 1949 J. C. Penney
- 1948 Dr. M. E. Dodd
- 1947 Dr. C. Oscar Johnson
- 1946 Congressman Clarence Cannon
- 1945 Senator Frank P. Briggs
- 1944 Dr. J. E. Dillard
- 1943 Dr. Thomas H. Taylor
- 1942 Dr. C. Oscar Johnson