Meet NIU Coaches at the Huskie Caravans This May

GO HUSKIES NIU football coach Jerry Kill will be on hand to meet and greet donors, as well as give an update on the latest on the Huskies, at the annual Spring Caravans.
NIU football coach Jerry Kill will be on hand to meet and greet donors, as well as give an update on the latest on the Huskies, at the annual Spring Caravans.

May 7, 2009

DeKALB, Ill. - Once again this spring, Northern Illinois coaches and staff are hitting the road to meet and greet Huskie fans at the annual Huskie Athletic Scholarship Fund (HASF) Spring Caravans. Coaches Jerry Kill (football), Ricardo Patton (men's basketball), Carol Owens (women's basketball) and Associate Vice-President/Director of Athletics Jeff Compher will headline the events to be held in Chicago, St. Charles, Rockford and DeKalb/Sycamore over the next four Thursdays.

At each caravan stop, which are free and open to the public, fans will hear directly from the coaches and Compher, and will have a chance to ask questions as well as engage in one-on-one conversation. There will be drawings for door prizes, the opportunity to order football season tickets, and food and drink available for purchase. In 2009, the NIU Alumni Association has partnered with the HASF to put on the spring caravans and will have a presence at each event.

The first of the four Spring Caravan stops will be in Chicago on Thursday, May 14 at Goose Island (3535 Clark Street) in Wrigleyville. The fun gets underway upstairs at approximately 4:30 p.m., or immediately following the conclusion of the Chicago Cubs - San Diego Padres game, which begins at 1:20 p.m. Kill, Compher, Owens, volleyball coach Ray Gooden and men's soccer coach Steve Simmons top the list of expected NIU attendees.

One week later, on Thursday, May 21, the Huskies head to the Filling Station (300 W. Main St.) in nearby St. Charles for the annual Kane County stop of the HASF tour. Kill, Patton, Owens and Compher make up a portion of the line-up as Northern Illinois fans will congregate on the patio.

On May 28, Northern Illinois coaches and staff, including Kill and Patton, baseball coach Ed Mathey, women's soccer coach Carrie Barker and wrestling's Dave Grant, will head north to Rockford's Aldeen Golf Club (1900 Reid Farm Road) where the caravan activities kick off at approximately 6:30 p.m. Prior to the evening event, NIU coaches and staff will participate in an afternoon golf outing at the Aldeen Golf Club. Fans interested in playing golf with the Huskies should call the HASF Office at 815-753-1923.



The traditional "season finale" of the Huskie Athletics Spring Coaches Caravans will take place on Thursday, June 4 at Johnny's Charhouse (1950 DeKalb Ave.) in Sycamore from 5-7 p.m. Always one of the most popular events on the tour with both fans and coaches, the NIU contingent will be in the back room of the restaurant with Kill, Patton and Owens the featured coaches.

Again, admission to all of the Huskie Caravan events is free. In addition, please note that the coaches' schedules are subject to change although representatives of the football and men's and women's basketball programs are expected at each event.

The Huskie Athletics Scholarship Fund, the primary direct support organization for Northern Illinois Athletics, is currently in the middle of its annual fund drive, its largest fundraising effort of the year. Funds raised through the spring drive go directly to support NIU student-athletes in all 17 sports programs.

To support NIU student-athletes through the HASF, click here then hit "Donate Now", or go on-line at and click on the HASF button. If you have any questions regarding the HASF, the Huskie Spring Caravans, or any of the events and benefits offered exclusively to donors, contact the HASF office by phone at 815-753-1923 or via e-mail ( or

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